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  • Has iPhone Gambling Just Been Legalized by Apple?


    It seems like quite an example of jumping to conclusions, but some are interpreting a change of language in the iPhone developer agreement to mean that gambling is now "possible" via the iPhone. Here's the revised text without paraphrasing:

    3.3.17 Your Application may include promotional sweepstake or contest functionality provided that You are the sole sponsor of the promotion and that You and Your Application comply with any applicable laws.
    The "applicable laws" aspect obviously addresses strict rules governing gambling in certain places, but in the digital world, those "certain places" are difficult to police.

    Ideally, this updated provision will inspire a wide range of new ideas and fresh creativity to app development and promotional angles. While sweepstakes and giveaways will likely represent the first wave of developers, businesses, and enterprising individuals to take advantage of this opportunity, it's safe to say that there will be other, more sinister intentions that come down the road.

    And that's why some people are concerned with the revised text in the iPhone developer agreement.

    Joel Comm, however, the creator of iFart Mobile, doesn't seem to be worried at all. He's behind "The KaChing Button," which is plowing down this new and potentially treacherous path by offering users an opportunity to win cash prizes in a new promotional sweepstakes. This is, obviously, a savvy and harmless idea. And, hopefully, we'll see more of the same.

    In the big picture, though, I guess it's a good thing that Apple has gained lots of courtroom and legal experience in recent years amidst a ton of lawsuits involving our friends in Cupertino. You can almost smell a lawsuit somewhere down the road as a result of this revision and, some would say, "change in policy."

    Image via The Sydney Morning Herald
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Has iPhone Gambling Just Been Legalized by Apple? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 43 Comments
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Quote Originally Posted by damod84 View Post
      lolololololololololol
      Please spell and use grammar property as it makes you look like a dumb***. Get a life.

      What's the point of gambling? You're basically throwing your money for no reason. Bad choice, Apple.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Quote Originally Posted by lolcats1 View Post
      staff writer? what a joke.

      Has iPhone Gambling Just Been Legalized by Apple? The ZodTTD Cydget

      there's about a dozen reposts throughout the INTERNET. start writing your own stuff/doing your own research. dear lord.
      You have failed to look at the top portion. Start being observant. Dear lord.
    1. henners123's Avatar
      henners123 -
      Quote Originally Posted by awesomeiPod View Post
      What's the point of gambling? You're basically throwing your money for no reason. Bad choice, Apple.
      Dude calm down, gambling is fun and poker especially there is nothing wrong with it as long as its controlled. If you'd ever gambled you may understand what i'm saying, but if not then you would see it like throwing money away.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Quote Originally Posted by henners123 View Post
      Dude calm down, gambling is fun and poker especially there is nothing wrong with it as long as its controlled. If you'd ever gambled you may understand what i'm saying, but if not then you would see it like throwing money away.
      As long if it's not real money, then yes, it is. But, then, I have bad luck. In order to win, I have to be very negative.
    1. henners123's Avatar
      henners123 -
      Quote Originally Posted by awesomeiPod View Post
      As long if it's not real money, then yes, it is. But, then, I have bad luck. In order to win, I have to be very negative.
      lol sorry m8 i wasnt trying to be rude, just thought you were being abit harsh on the subject

      but that bloke does need to get a life lol
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by damod84 View Post
      lolololololololololol
      I bow to your obviously superior intellect.

      I'm sure people can make up their own minds who to listen too.

      Have I, perchance, banned you from another place?
    1. henners123's Avatar
      henners123 -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      I bow to your obviously superior intellect.

      I'm sure people can make up their own minds who to listen too.

      Have I, perchance, banned you from another place?
      lmao, well said
    1. -Blue-'s Avatar
      -Blue- -
      interesting ethics that apple has... looks like they allow gambling and yet they seem to be killing any sex or adult related app...
    1. henners123's Avatar
      henners123 -
      Quote Originally Posted by -Blue- View Post
      interesting ethics that apple has... looks like they allow gambling and yet they seem to be killing any sex or adult related app...
      Can understand your point
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Americans do seem very uptight about sex. It makes you wonder how they procreate. They also like to enforce their views on the rest of the world as obviously they are right and everyone else is wrong...
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      That is a stereotype confy....It is the Americans from the Right that have those views
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      You mean like Apple?
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Haha, yes, like Apple and the rest of the tight pantied Republicans
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      Haha, yes, like Apple and the rest of the tight pantied Republicans
      You mean like this?
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Shouldn't that be in the 'What do I look like' thread blkcadi?
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      I suppose, it was really tough taking that pic myself, thank goodness for yoga class's. lolz
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      I bow to your obviously superior intellect.

      I'm sure people can make up their own minds who to listen too.

      Have I, perchance, banned you from another place?
      it's *to* buddy. I believe this is the first time I've caught you using "too" instead of "to". usually it's the other way around.

      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      Americans do seem very uptight about sex. It makes you wonder how they procreate. They also like to enforce their views on the rest of the world as obviously they are right and everyone else is wrong...
      Conservatives vs. Liberals.
      I believe every country has those..
      Europe's entire history is basically a battle between conservatives and liberals.
    1. stfudvs's Avatar
      stfudvs -
      gambling isn't bad or immoral and neither is apple for allowing, it's not my fault some people don't have self control

      also, I'm a young tattoo'd conservitive, and the stereotype is played, apple should allow the sex apps, loosen the restrictions, and acknowledge our devices belong to us

      capitilism creates better compitition
    1. wannabprogramma's Avatar
      wannabprogramma -
      I don't think this references gambling at all to tell the truth....I think ya'll are reading way to much into it...I read it and what I saw is that Apple is letting "promotional prizes" be given away.....This could result in many cool apps (one of which I actually thought of awhile back but still don't have the skill to make) that after you download and play against others on the internet through the app, whoever is the overall winner gets a prize.....not just gambling.....it does however say you have to be the sole sponser which is annoying cause I was planning on having companies donate their prizes in return for advertising space.... I think this is a good start though
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      not a money gambler myself