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UK proposes internet firm levy; Vivendi eyes €250M Mediaset settlement


* The British government is proposing an industry-wide levy on social media companies and communication providers, as part of its Internet Safety Strategy. The government is also proposing a new code of practice for social media users to address issues such as bullying, the release of a yearly internet safety transparency report and providing support for tech and digital startups to promote online safety.

* Vivendi SA will propose a compensation to Mediaset SpA to settle the dispute over their thwarted pay TV partnership, La Tribune reports, citing sources close to the matter. Vivendi would make a first settlement of about €250 million as well as additional unspecified sums.


* Qualcomm Inc. has offered to exclude the acquisition of NXP Semiconductors NV's standard essential patents in its takeover offer, in a bid to secure approval from the European Commission for the $38 billion deal, Reuters reports, citing two people familiar with the matter. Qualcomm reportedly told EU regulators that NXP could sell the patents to another buyer.


* The U.K. Competition and Markets Authority released a statement outlining how the watchdog intends to approach its probe into 21st Century Fox Inc.'s proposed takeover of Sky plc on public interest grounds. The CMA will now assess whether the £11.7 billion deal would impact media plurality and broadcasting standards in Britain. In response, 21st Century Fox said it is looking forward to working with the CMA in a "thorough and constructive review" of the proposed takeover.

* James Harding is stepping down as the British Broadcasting Corp.'s director of news and current affairs on Jan. 1, 2018, the public broadcaster said. Harding, who was named news chief in April 2013, is leaving the BBC to set up his own news media venture.

* UKTV executives Emma Ayech, Luke Hales, Gerald Casey, Adam Collings and Vicky Walker will all get promoted to channel directors, as part of a management rejig at the British multichannel broadcaster, Digital TV Europe reports. UKTV is jointly owned by BBC Worldwide Ltd. and Scripps Networks Interactive Inc.


* Ericsson AB and Swiss operator Swisscom AG announced the launch of its first cloud-based live service for small and medium-sized enterprises. The new service went into operation in September.

* ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE unit Red Arrow Entertainment Group inked a partnership with U.S. production company 10Fold. The deal offers the option for Red Arrow to acquire a majority stake in 10Fold in the future.

* German publisher Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Gruppe confirmed that the company was planning to move and sell its publishing and editorial buildings, Meedia reports. The move follows the group's closer examination of its real estate inventory.

* Gruner + Jahr AG & Co. KG is planning to integrate its living community Roomido under its living and fashion title Couch, Horizont reports. Roomido's contents will be continued alongside beauty and fashion content as part of


* Alphabet Inc. unit Google Inc. will increase the number of employees in France, Les Echos reports. Google France Sarl CEO Sebastien Missoffe said that by the end of 2018, staff will increase from 700 to 1,000, mainly engineers, and the size of the offices will double from 10,000 square meters to 20,000 square meters.

* Apple Inc. will soon have a space at Station F in Paris, the startup campus backed by Xavier Niel, Europe 1 reports, citing a conversation between Apple CEO Tim Cook and French President Emmanuel Macron. The company aims to help startups to develop and publish applications on its App Store.


* The Spruce House Partnership LP and related entities disclosed beneficial ownership of 2,375,708 shares in Netherlands-based Cimpress NV, representing a 7.6% stake. The investor group acquired the shares for investment purposes, according to an SEC filing.

* U.S.-based IT services and solutions company DXC Technology Co. said that it signed an agreement to acquire Logicalis SMC BV, a Dutch provider of technology-enabled solutions for the service management sector. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

* Panasonic Computer Product Solutions won a contract to provide Belgian provider Proximus with 3,500 new laptops for its service engineers, Telecompaper reports. Panasonic has been providing the operator's engineers with notebook computers for 18 years.

* Network and hardware equipment manufacturers ARRIS International plc, Ericsson, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co., Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and ZTE Corp., as well as recycling and refurbishing specialists Drake & Farrell and Teleplan, have all signed the Circular Manifesto from operator KPN NV. Under the manifesto, the suppliers agreed to work with KPN to produce by 2025 hardware that is circular by design and implement processes that are more energy-efficient.


* Nokia Corp. unveiled plans to ax up to 310 jobs from its Nokia Technologies unit as the latter seeks to reduce investments in virtual reality. The potential job cuts are expected to affect Nokia Technologies staff in Finland, the U.K. and the U.S. Nokia Technologies is also halting development of its OZO VR camera and hardware, citing the VR market's "slower-than-expected development."

* TDC A/S is reorganizing its business operations and expects to cut about 50 full-time positions, ITwatch reports, citing sources familiar with the process. TDC will also revive the Netdesign brand for its system integration operations.

* Swedish telecom regulator PTS said that it is ending its monitoring of operators Telia Co. AB, Tele2 AB, Telenor ASA and 3 Sweden, and the way customers' personal information is treated by shops selling subscriptions. PTS also said that the operators need to improve their handling of information in order to protect customer privacy.


* ITV Plc-owned ITV Studios Ltd. purchased a majority stake in Italian production company Cattleya Srl, Digital TV Europe reports. Cattleya will keep its creative and production independence, with ITV Studios' distribution business, ITV Global Entertainment, having distribution rights to Cattleya productions where rights are available.

* Swedish e-book company Storytel AB said that it is launching its service in the Spanish market. The company said that it sees enormous potential in the Spanish-language market, with 45 million people in Spain alone and a further 550 million Spanish speakers globally.

* Portuguese operator Nowo struck a deal to include youth-themed online broadcaster The QYOU in its channel lineup, Digital TV Europe reports.


* Russian media and telecom regulator Roskomnadzor lifted potential sanctions against Time Warner Inc.'s CNN (US) after eliminating violations regarding an incorrect disclosure of its output on the air, Broadband TV News reports, citing Vedomosti and Interfax. While CNN can now continue to operate in the country, Roskomnadzor said it would continue monitoring the network's compliance with Russian laws.

* Deutsche Telekom AG unit Telekom Romania named Vladan Pekovic as its executive director of technology and information, Business Review reports. Pekovic, who will take over from Timos Tsokanis, previously served as executive director of technology and information at Crnogorski Telekom.

* Roman Vasiliev is assuming the post of director at Media Group Ukraine unit Digital Screens, Broadband TV News reports. Vasiliev will take charge of developing Digital Screens' business projects such as over-the-top service and direct-to-home service Xtra TV.


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Anne Freier, Sylvia Edwards Davis, Charlotte van Hek and Esben Svendsen contributed to this report. The Daily Dose has an editorial deadline of 7 a.m. London time. Some external links may require a subscription.