* Facebook Inc. received an £11.3 million tax credit in the U.K., which it can use for future tax payments, The Daily Telegraph of London reports. The news comes as Facebook recently vowed to pay more taxes in the U.K.
* French software developer Nexedi has filed legal action against Apple Inc. in the Paris Civil Court objecting to the conditions imposed on developers in order to gain access to the App Store, Challenges reports. The company said in a blog post that it hopes the suit will result in Apple's support of the latest HTML5 standards on the iOS platform.
UK AND IRELAND
* TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC renewed its partnership with Sky plc, allowing TalkTalk TV subscribers continued access to various Sky channels such as Sky1 and Sky Living. The extended deal also includes live and on-demand content from Sky Sports, Sky Cinema and pay-per-view service Sky Box Office.
* "Versailles" producer Newen opened a new office in London, as it seeks to ramp up its content push and strike co-production deals, The Daily Telegraph of London reports. The French firm, majority owned by TF1 Group, is in production of the second season of "Versailles."
GERMANY, SWITZERLAND AND AUSTRIA
* IBM Deutschland, the German subsidiary of IBM Corp., has announced 600 layoffs, according to German news site WirtschaftsWoche. According to German trade union Verdi, employees with simpler tasks were affected. It's the company's largest wave of terminations in the country to date.
* Due to continued increases in costs and sinking prices, German media company Hubert Burda Media has axed jobs, reports German media magazine DWDL. The printing business is predominantly affected by the cuts.
* German public broadcaster ARD has launched a new infotainment programme dubbed "Gut zu wissen" (Good to know) as part of its news programme tagesschau24. According to a press release, the programme features the latest news on sciences and research.
* German newspaper Stuttgarter Zeitung has acquired a majority share in German publisher Bechtle Verlag and its newspaper Esslinger Zeitung, reports German media magazine Werben & Verkaufen. Media company GO Druck Media Verlag GmbH & Co. KG remains as an additional shareholder.
* France Télévisions SA announced the appointment of Xavier Couture as deputy managing director for programming and strategy, replacing Caroline Got, who is taking over as executive director of the France 2 channel.
* French labor unions CFE-CGC addressed a letter to the main presidential candidates denouncing Altice NV unit SFR Group - Cables staff reduction plan, Le Figaro reports. Meanwhile the CGT union called employees of the operator to strike on Oct. 13.
* Media freedom and pluralism in several EU countries is degrading according to a European Parliament report, which focused on France as well as Hungary, Bulgaria and Greece, EurActiv France reports. Under strain from political and commercial interests, media independence is further undermined by cultural and financial impoverishment and the increasing influence of French telecommunications companies over publishing platforms and content.
* Twenty-five French publications signed an open letter to voice concern over the draft bill "equality and citizenship" currently under review before the Senate. The main objection centers on the restrictions on freedom of the press should the prescription term for defamation actions be eliminated, Le Figaro reports.
NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG
* The recent decision of Time Warner Inc.'s HBO to terminate its channels in the Netherlands has caused challenges among several providers that were offering HBO as part of their subscriptions, such as KPN NV, CanalDigitaal, and Online.nl, TotaalTV writes. The broadcasting rights to past and future films and series from HBO for the Dutch market have been acquired by Liberty Global plc, mother company of Ziggo N.V.
* Cable company Delta and provider Greenet have entered a collaboration to provide rural areas in the province of Zeeland with high-quality broadband connection, Nu.nl writes. Under the agreement, Greenet will make use of the fiber-optic cables of Delta, on which it will connect its wireless network.
* Jaak Smeets, director-publisher of De Persgroep, will leave the Belgian publisher after 21 years, De Redactie writes. Isabel Albers and Erik van Gruijthuijsen will take over the tasks of Smeets in Belgium and the Netherlands, respectively.
* The European Commission approved Tele2 Swedens acquisition of TDC A/S Swedish company TDC Sweden, Tele2 said. The acquisition is not subject to other approvals, and Tele2 expects the transaction to be completed by the end of October.
* The board of Ericsson AB believes that its cost reduction program will be sufficient for the foreseeable future, and that extra measures won't be necessary, Affärsvärlden reports, citing an interview with Chairman Leif Johansson in Sveriges Radio. Ericsson presented a reduction of 3,000 positions in Sweden alone last week.
* Swedish gaming company Starbreeze has raised 385 million Swedish kronor in a rights issue, Breakit reports. The publicly listed company is planning to use the capital to expand its present operations and develop its VR technology.
* Swedish software company Crunchfish will raise about 65 million Swedish kronor in its IPO in November, DI Digital reports. Crunchfish has developed a technology which makes it possible to control mobile phones and tablets with hand movements from several meters away. Lenovo and Oppo are amongst the company's customers.
* Finland's Ministry of Transport and Communication said that a decree on the 700 MHz auction comes into force on Oct. 10, and that the auction is expected to start on Nov. 24. Six frequency pairs of 5 MHz each will be auctioned off.
* Vivendi SA and Telefónica España's Vivo launched WatchMusic, a subscription on-demand music-video service, in Brazil, Digital TV Europe reports. The service, launched under the Watchever brand, will offer music videos, live performances, music doc and other music-themed programming to subscribers.
* An Italian administrative court in Lazio dismissed Fastweb SpA's request to suspend state infrastructure firm Infratel's tenders for building a national broadband network, Telecompaper reports. The Swisscom AG unit appealed against a condition that prohibits pre-qualified operators from making eventual changes and building consortiums with other companies.
* MásMóvil named Javier Canto as the new CEO of its recently acquired mobile virtual network operator Pepephone, Telecompaper reports. Canto has held several senior posts at Pepephone, including business development director.
* Portuguese broadcaster SIC launched HD versions of its six national TV channels, Advanced Television reports. The channels are available to pay TV subscribers of Vodafone UK unit Vodafone Portugal, PT Portugal's MEO, Nowo and NOS.
* Viacom International Media Networks struck a deal for an adaptation of reality dating series "Ex on the Beach" in Russia, Rapid TV News reports. The show, to be produced by Friends Productions, will be aired by Friday TV. The Viacom Inc. unit also struck local production deals for its shows "Are You the One?" and "Guy Code" in France and Canada, respectively.
* Slovak Telekom may lose some of its unused frequences in the 2,600-MHz band, following a probe opened by Slovak telecom regulator RU, Telecompaper reports, citing Živé.sk. The Deutsche Telekom AG unit itself told RU that it was not using some of the frequencies since they were awarded in January 2014.
* Slovak Telekom is set to upgrade its digital TV service Magio, Broadband TV News reports. The changes include additional channels for its XL package, three months of free access to some channels on the Magio Sat and Magio IPTV bundles, and additional packages such as a new news package.
* Romanian telecom watchdog ANCOM slapped a fine of 100,000 Romanian lei on Vodafone România for not applying a monthly limit on data roaming consumption to €50, as chosen by its subscribers since 2012, Telecompaper reports, citing Ziarul Financiar. The telco will also need to pay compensations for any amount beyond €50 that was spent in roaming.
* A Moscow court granted Match TV's request to stop Rambler & Co.-owned website Chempionat.com from airing the former's clips from the Russian Premier League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League, Broadband TV News reports, citing Kommersant. However, Rambler & Co. Deputy Director General Dmitry Sergeyev said the company complies with law and will continue airing the clips.
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Sylvia Edwards Davis, Anne Freier, 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.