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Netflix tops Oscars list; Amazon challenges Microsoft; Apple rejects AG's claims

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* Netflix Inc. led the 92nd Oscars nominations with 24 nods, followed by The Walt Disney Co. in the second spot with 23 nominations, and Sony Corp. at No. 3 with 20 nominations. Warner Bros.' "Joker" topped the list with 11 nominations, while Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," "The Irishman" and "1917," received 10 nominations each.

* Inc.'s cloud computing division will seek a preliminary injunction to temporarily block Microsoft Corp. from working on the $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract, reports, citing a court filing. Amazon will submit a request Jan. 24 to "prevent the issuance of substantive task orders under the contract" as part of its formal protest against the awarding of the contract to Microsoft.

* Apple Inc. rejected U.S. Attorney General William Barr's claims that the company did not help the Federal Bureau of Investigation access password-protected iPhones used by a Saudi Air Force officer, who is suspected of killing three people last month in a shooting at a Navy base in Pensacola, Fla., reports. The iPhone maker said it responded to law enforcement requests "promptly" and handed over "many gigabytes of information" to investigators.

* While the new year has brought new regulations, The California Consumer Privacy Act has also brought mass confusion around its enforcement and scope. The law went into effect Jan. 1, but the state's attorney general, Xavier Becerra, has not yet released the final rules for the law, bringing concern and uncertainty to companies across industries.


* Microsoft is ending support for Windows 7 on Jan. 14, according to a company post. Computers running on Windows 7 will continue to function after Jan. 14 but Microsoft will stop providing technical assistance for issues, software and security updates or fixes after that date.

* Google LLC is linking up with International Business Machines Corp. to roll out IBM Power Systems on Google Cloud. Under the partnership, customers can combine IBM Power Systems with Google Cloud's subscription-based service through the GCP Marketplace and multi-cloud manager.

* Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. established a joint venture with South Korea-based SK Telecom Co. Ltd., called Cast.era, through which the companies will develop broadcasting services based on the ATSC 3.0 standard.

* Comcast Corp. launched a 12-week SportsTech accelerator program in collaboration with NBCUniversal Media LLC and other partners, brands and professional sports organizations. The program will allow interested parties to work on their sports tech ideas and to launch them for consumers.

Film & TV

* ViacomCBS Inc. announced plans to reorganize ViacomCBS Networks International and reshuffle some of the roles within the organization. Under the new strategy, the international networks division will have two brand groups and three pan-regional management hubs, which will all report directly to ViacomCBS Networks International President and CEO David Lynn.

* Fox Corp.'s Fox Television Stations LLC is launching a new advertiser-supported streaming channel, Broadcasting & Cable reports. Called "Fox Soul," the African-American focused channel will be available via the Fox Soul app or at FoxSoul.TV from 6 to 10 p.m. PT weeknights.

Internet & OTT

* Netflix acquired global rights to Owen Trevor's family film "Go Karts" from Canadian-based Aqute Media. The rights, however, do not cover Australia and New Zealand, where Roadshow Films Pty. Ltd. will release the film theatrically Jan. 16 under the title "GO!"

* The third season of "Westworld" will hit HBO (US) and HBO Go on March 15. HBO released a trailer of the upcoming season that talks about a number of issues, including the Hong Kong protests and Trump impeachment.

The day ahead

Early morning futures indicators pointed to a lower opening for the U.S. market.

In Asia, the Hang Seng decreased 0.24% to 28,885.14, while the Nikkei 225 rose 0.73% to 24,025.17.

In Europe, around midday, the FTSE 100 was down 0.23% to 7,600.13, and the Euronext 100 was down 0.14% to 1,154.97.

On the macro front

The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index, CPI and the Redbook are due out today.

Click here to read about today's financial markets, setting out the factors driving stocks, bonds and currencies around the world ahead of the New York open.

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The Daily Dose Europe: US evidence on Huawei; BBC's staffing plans; Facebook's Italy fine: U.S. officials presented new evidence of alleged security risks of using Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. equipment to their U.K. counterparts, the British Broadcasting Corp. plans to move two-thirds of jobs outside London, and an Italian court halved an antitrust fine against Facebook.

The Daily Dose Asia-Pacific: SK Telecom launches computing task force; TikTok mulls curated content feed: SK Telecom launched a global mobile edge computing task force to co-develop mobile edge computing technology and services, while Beijing Byte Dance Telecommunications Co. Ltd.-owned video app TikTok is considering plans to launch a curated feed of selected content.

M&A Replay: Insight Partners buying data company; Accenture to acquire Symantec business: Private equity firm Insight Venture Management LLC will acquire cloud data management company Veeam Software Group GmbH, while IT consultancy Accenture PLC agreed to purchase Symantec's cybersecurity services business from Broadcom Inc.

The Week in OTT: CBS All Access to reboot 3 classics; Hulu to debut sci-fi drama: CBS All Access ordered reboots of three classic shows, while Hulu LLC's original teen sci-fi drama, "Utopia Falls," will premiere Feb. 14.

M&A Replay: Meredith acquires SwearBy; Nielsen buys analytics solutions provider: Meredith Corp. acquired digital platform SwearBy, while Nielsen Holdings PLC completed the acquisition of merchandising and analytics solutions provider Precima Inc.

The US Week Ahead: Senate to explore how US can lead in industries of the future: Witnesses will include Jessica Rosenworcel and Michael O'Rielly, both commissioners at the FCC. Michael Kratsios, the U.S. chief technology officer, will also testify.

Data Dispatch: S&P Global Market Intelligence Q4'19 Capital Markets League Tables: S&P Global Market Intelligence on Jan. 13 released fourth-quarter 2019 capital markets league tables for its covered North American sectors.

Data Dispatch: S&P Global Market Intelligence Q4'19 M&A League Tables: S&P Global Market Intelligence on Jan. 13 released fourth-quarter 2019 M&A league tables for its covered North American sectors.

Featured research

Economics of Internet: State of Indian OTT video: Subscription: The subscription over-the-top market in India continues to grow but from a low base. Services continue to direct resources to original programming while also aligning their subscription packages to the economically and culturally diverse market.

Technology: Streaming media devices state their case at CES: TiVo Corp. and NVIDIA Corp. hope that as average consumers become savvier about streaming, they may start to look for the sorts of perks built into their new dedicated streaming hardware.

The Best Of: Kagan research and analysis, editor's picks: Kagan presents the editor's top picks from its exclusive research and analysis for the week ended Jan. 10.

Technology: Gaming hardware embraces esports at CES: A focus on faster refresh rates over higher pixel counts from chipmakers and display manufacturers may be setting the stage for next-gen game console announcements later in 2020.

Technology: Q3’19 CCAP market declines for 4th consecutive quarter despite Harmonic boost: Global cable operator investment in headend technology declined in the third quarter of 2019, both sequentially and year over year, marking the fourth consecutive quarter that total capital expenditures on cable headend equipment have dropped.

Technology: See it in charts: Technology, December 2019: See Kagan's monthly research on technology trends at a glance in PowerPoint.

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