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Channel 4 appoints new CEO; UK web regulation proposals slammed


* Channel 4 (UK) tapped former Shine Group CEO Alex Mahon to serve as chief executive of the U.K. broadcaster, according to a news release. Mahon succeeds David Abraham, who announced his departure in March. Abraham will continue to serve as CEO until Mahon starts at Channel 4 in the autumn.

* Proposals to regulate online services offered by companies such as Facebook, Alphabet and Twitter in Britain have been slammed by industry observers and terrorism experts as a "short-sighted" move in the fight against extremism.


* Inc. expanded its Twitch Prime service to more than 200 countries and territories. Twitch Prime, which was initially available to Amazon Prime members in the U.S., Canada, Italy, France, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Spain, and the U.K., is included with Prime Video at an introductory price of $2.99 per month for the first six months and $5.99 afterward, according to a news release.


* Shares of Vodafone UK unit Vodafone Qatar dropped by about 10% after Gulf countries have severed their ties with Qatar, U.K.'s The Daily Telegraph reports. Vodafone Group owns 23% of its Qatari unit and mandates its strategic and operational targets.

* Apple Inc. extended assistance to the U.K. government in investigating terror attacks, Bloomberg News reports, citing CEO Tim Cook. The head of the smartphone maker refused to give out details but said that they share details to authorities "very promptly" when they get a hold of important information.


* Austria's ORF Broadcasts demanded a GIS fee for the streaming of content online, Der Standard reports. GIS fees are broadcasting fees in the country, which in July 2015 were ruled not to apply to computers with Internet access and hence are not applicable when streaming TV content online.


* Anne Sérode, director of Radio Musicale Eclectique and president of Radio Frances diversity committee, will join TV5 Québec Canada on July 7, reports CB News. With President and CEO Marie-Philippe Bouchard, she will develop the programming strategy for TV5 and Unis TV, as wel as lead the marketing, research and communication teams.

* Version 2.4.2 of the Free Mobile Netstat application is now available in the Google Play Store, reports Univers Freebox. The app makes it possible to compare the roaming rate of the Free Mobile network to that of Orange SA.

* With more than 3,500 visitors and 250 speakers, Web2day has become "emblematic" of the Nantes digital ecosystem, reports La Tribune. The annual conference features the latest innovations and web trends for startups and runs from June 7-9.


* Vodafone Netherlands' NB-IoT has been rolled out in 20 location in nine cities in the Netherlands, following an introduction of the technology at VodafoneZiggo offices, Telecompaper reports.

* Belgium green-lit a plan to launch an early warning system against cyberattacks, Telecompaper reports. CERT.ce and the Cybersecurity Belgium Centre plans to coordinate with various sectors to put the system in place.


* The Fingerprint Card Ab-developed sensor FPC1145 is featured in a smartphone model launched by an unidentified Japanese original equipment manufacturer, a company statement said. The FPC1145 sensor supports FPC 360Touch and FPC EvoTouch.

* Finland police authorities are investigating denial-of-service attacks that shutdown online services provided by the state social insurance agency Kela, public broadcaster YLE reports. Serial Distributed Denial of Service, attacks caused core online Kela services to crash at the weekend.

* Telenor ASAs WowBox app-based service has exceeded 10 million users in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Myanmar where it has been rolled out so far, writes WowBox is a free-to-browse app for Telenor users that delivers news, entertainment, games and deals.

* Nokia Corp. handset producer HMD Global Oy traded at a loss in 2016, writes Kauppalehti. HMD posted an operating loss of €8.4 million on revenues of €13.5 million for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2016. HMD will need new funding to drive sales of Nokia phones.


* Portuguese operator MEO, owned by Altice NV's PT Portugal, made Walt Disney Co.'s Disney On Demand service available to its ADSL and fibre customers via a monthly subscription, Telecompaper reports. The service offers access to Disney TV series as well as Disney and Pixar movies.

* Italian mobile joint venture Wind Tre SpA teamed up with data center provider Supernap Italia to provide ICT services to business clients via the Wind Tre Business brand, Telecompaper reports.

* Vodafone España SAU's has expanded the footprint of its pay TV service Vodafone TV to 18 million homes across Spain, following the completion of its indirect wholesale fiber agreement struck in March with Telefónica SA, Telecompaper reports, citing Xataka Movil.

* Spanish regional broadband provider Adamo has earmarked €40 million to expand its fiber-to-the-home service to 200,000 homes in the country's Cantabria region, Telecompaper reports. The rollout of the gigabit broadband service is expected to run over three years.


* Mobile TeleSystems PJSC expanded its tech development partnership with Nokia, which initially covered 5G, Telecompaper reports. The expanded deal now enables MTS and its NVision Group ZAO unit to work with Nokia on developing and testing solutions for the Internet of Things, cloud technologies, digital health care, e-commerce, virtual reality and convergent 5G networks.

* MTS Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Vasil Latsanich is leaving the Russian mobile operator to become the CEO of VEON unit Beeline, Telecompaper reports, citing sources quoted by Interfax. Latsanich will reportedly take over from Kjell Johnsen, who has held the post since Mikhail Slobodin's resignation in autumn 2016.

* CEO Tomasz Szopa of Polish operator Netia has stepped down for undisclosed reasons, Telecompaper reports. Netia's supervisory board designated Katarzyna Iwuc to act as CEO and CFO.

* Shareholders of Montenegro's Crnogorski Telekom appointed its new board of directors, which include Sinisa Djuranovic, Susanne Krogmann, Natasa Rapaic, Sasa Kramar and Balsa Cavlovic, Telecompaper reports.

* Albanian operator Albtelecom called for a general assembly of its shareholders on June 28 to decide on, among others, the company's proposed share capital increase of 3.25 billion Albanian lekë. The capital increase will be divided into 3.25 million new shares at 1,000 lekë per share.


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Anne Freier, Amanda Kelly, Charlotte van Hek and Gerard O'Dwyer contributed to this report. The Daily Dose has an editorial deadline of 7 a.m. London time. Some external links may require a subscription.