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This week.. Facebook warns privacy rules could force it to exit European market, everything from the Amazon 2020 event, wilI blockchain secure your digital identity? and much more…

Facebook warns privacy rules could force it to exit European market

Ars Technica

Facebook has warned that it could be forced to pull out of the European market if European regulators push forward with limits on data sharing between the European Union and the United States.

Until this year, an arrangement called Privacy Shield allowed US technology companies to move data easily between the two jurisdictions. But Europe’s highest court nixed that arrangement in July, arguing that US law lacks robust protections against surveillance by the US government.

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Everything from the Amazon 2020 event: new Echo speakers, flying Ring security cameras, and Amazon Luna

Tech Radar

Amazon’s 2020 hardware event is over, and while we didn’t see anything as quite as bizarre as the Echo Frames or Echo Loop from 2019, there were a few announcements that came pretty close.

The big headline news is Amazon Luna, a new game streaming service to rival Google Stadia and Nvidia GeForce Now. It’s in early access now, and will get big Ubisoft titles like Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla when they launch, as well as over 100 other titles.

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Is blockchain going to secure your digital identity?


Blockchain technology provides several benefits to individuals, organizations, and IT systems. This is because it is a decentralized, interoperable, and immutable information infrastructure that isn’t easy to hack into.

To provide some context for all business leaders, organizations have previously managed digital identities in large, centralized databases. This makes them vulnerable to fraud, theft, and misuse. However, the decentralized nature of blockchain means that digital identities can now be managed independently. This is known as self-sovereign identity (SSI).

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Google has launched RCS Messaging in Nepal

Nepali Telecom

Google has launched RCS Messaging with its own ‘Messages’ application in Nepal. ‘Messages’ is a Rich Communication Service (RCS) enabled chat application along with the ability to send SMS, MMS. It is believed to be the future of all mobile communications as it facilitates enhancing the user experience of SMS users, with more advanced messaging options. Find the details of the RCS messaging, its features, and the process to enable RCS in Nepal.

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5G and IoT: An in-depth review of how next gen mobile connectivity will unlock new opportunities


The arrival of 5G has long been earmarked as a critical moment in technological advancement. Much more than just super-fast mobile connectivity, the fifth generation of cellular networks has the potential to unlock new possibilities to transform how people live their lives, businesses operate, and cities function.

The infrastructure remains in its infancy; although the rollout of 5G networks across the UK began in 2019, it will still be some years before they reach maturity. The Government has set a target of ensuring the “majority” of the country has access to 5G by 2027.

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Mobile gaming: advertisers, your audience is here

The Drum

You might have noticed that mobile gaming is bringing in big numbers, including the fact that mobile apps and gaming surged to the highest levels ever recorded in Q2. Gaming as we know it today is not only one of the biggest forms of entertainment in the world, but is mainstream media, making it a massive opportunity for advertisers. If you’re a brand or agency looking to find and target your audience at scale, now is a good time to consider the range of possibilities that mobile games and their widespread audiences have to offer.

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Equinix data centres to connect Nokia to mobile, IoT and cloud ecosystems


Digital infrastructure company, Equinix, Inc., has been selected as a strategic supplier for Nokia’s Worldwide IoT Network Grid (WING) managed service, in a collaboration to bring next-generation edge architectures and services to market. WING allows operators without an Internet of Things (IoT) footprint to gain fast entry to the IoT market or to help operators expand an existing IoT business.

Nokia is leveraging Equinix IBX data centres to deploy both core and edge nodes to support mobile, IoT and cloud connectivity at global scale. With Platform Equinix, Nokia WING is able to support markets across the globe in areas such as IoT data traffic and device density, as well as local regulatory environments (such as GDPR).

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Facebook: Why genre matters in mobile gaming

GamesIndustry Biz

As mobile gaming has surged in popularity, it has attracted a wide pool of players with varying interests and motivations. Similar to other entertainment industries like music and film, this increased diversity has led to the development of new genres spanning from immersive, hardcore titles to relaxed, hypercasual games.

To explore the power of genre in mobile gaming, Facebook IQ commissioned Interpret to conduct a global study of 13,412 mobile gamers across 11 countries (Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, UK, US). Players were segmented across 27 different mobile gaming genres and subgenres to explore their gaming behaviors. In addition to this study, we analyzed our internal app events data to uncover behavioral insights across mobile gaming genres.

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No looking back for mobile payments as we approach the final frontier


In February this year, the number of smartphone users worldwide surpassed a whopping three billion and is forecast to grow by several hundred million more in the next few years. And it’s easy to see why. The feature evolution of smart devices has extended far beyond just making calls and texts to include apps that have become, for just about everyone, an essential part of daily life.

It’s no surprise then that the world has also moved towards a place where smartphones are actively replacing unnecessary or increasingly outdated payment devices that are simply unable to offer comparative possibilities in the customer experience. In a world that is rapidly shifting to digital channels, accelerated by consumer demands and external forces such as COVID, businesses are seeking ways to innovate across every aspect of the customer journey, and in particular payments, which has remained relatively unchanged for many years.

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