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Google brings Play Music to India; Spotify starts streaming in Japan

TOP NEWS

*Alphabet Inc.-ownedGoogle Inc. launchedits Play Music service in India, NDTV reports.It offers individual songs and albums for purchase in genres such as Bollywood,Indian pop and international music, but does not yet include the subscriptionservice Google Play Music All Access or streaming support.

*Spotify Ltd. announcedits debut in Japan on an invitation-only basis before opening to all users inthe country. The Swedish music-streaming service also appointed Ichiro Tamaki,formerly Amazon.comInc. Japan's vice president of devices and Kindle content, to run SpotifyJapan as general manager.

PAN-ASIAN NEWS

*French commercial satellite launch service provider Arianespace SA is set to launchtwo satellites next week – one from Australia's , and one from the IndianSpace Research Organization. The Australian satellite will enhance high-speedinternet across the country, while ISRO's satellite will provide telecomsservices for India.

*U.S.-based smart business and home communications platform Ooma is relaunchingits Talkatone mobile app in nine Asian locations including Japan, South Korea,Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. Talkatone offersfree calling and texting services over Wi-Fi or mobile data.

*LINE Corp. isacquiring a 25% stake in up-and-coming rival Snow Corp., a South Korean mobilemessaging service, accordingto a press release. LINE said it wants to capitalize on the growing popularityof Snow's selfie picture and video app, which allows users to include stickersand filters in their images.   

*Time WarnerInc.-owned Warner Bros. Japan LLC and Toho Co. Ltd. will co-producea live-action version of manga comic "Jojo's Bizarre Adventure," accordingto a tweet from the Warner Bros.Entertainment Inc. unit. The film companies announced the projectat a press event in Tokyo, adding that the movie, directed by Takashi Miike,will be the studios' first joint production. It is expected to be released nextsummer.

*Japanese advertising agency Dentsu Inc. announcedthat its global business unit acquired French web analytics company WasabiAnalytics SAS. Dentsu Aegis Network Ltd. aims to use the takeover to strengthenDentsu Group's digital footprint in France.

*Apple Inc.'s Koreanunit will launch the iPhone 7 series on Oct. 21 in South Korea, pendingapproval of the company's U.S. headquarters, ET News reports. The launch willreportedly lead to fierce competition with the country's other leading premiumsmartphone models, the Galaxy Note 7 by Samsung Group's SamsungElectronics Co. Ltd., and the V20 by

*South Korean telco SK Telecom Co.Ltd. and QualcommInc. announceda successful trial of Enhanced Licensed Assisted Access (eLAA) technology. Itenables faster data transfer by combining LTE and Wi-Fi frequencies, andcreating a wider data pipe by combining licensed and unlicensed spectrum.

*Samsung Electronics is partnering with major Korean banks such as Woori,Shinhan, KEB Hana and KB Kookmin as well as leading credit card companies forthe Galaxy Note 7's iris-recognition feature, Yonhap News Agency reports.The smartphone model includes Samsung Pass, a security system that connects tomobile finance services through iris recognition.

*South Korean telco KTCorp. announced its "Giga-internet 2.0" strategy, OSEN reports. The company willreportedly invest 4.5 trillion Korean won to provide high-speed internetnetworks to 9.5 million households in 27,000 apartment housing districts aroundthe country.  

,HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

*Chinese online ticketing company Weying Technology launched NextainmentPictures and Nextainment Distribution to produce and distribute original filmand TV content, Variety reports.The first slate of projects include an animated movie with a budget of US$9million, and a comedy produced by and starring Chinese actor Ge You.Weying is partly backed by Tencent Holdings Ltd.

*Hong Kong-based newspaper South ChinaMorning Post, owned by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., confirmed that its freeEnglish-language lifestyle periodical HKMagazine will cease production on Oct. 7 after 25 years of publication,Hong Kong Free Press reports.A spokesperson said the move was due to challenging market conditions and avolatile advertising environment.

*LeEco appointedRob Chandhok, formerly a senior vice president at Qualcomm, as chief researchand development officer at the Chinese tech company's North American office.Chandhok also previously served as president and COO at -owned .

*Toronto-based e-reading service provider Rakuten Kobo Inc. launched itseBookstore in Taiwan, Telecompaper reports.The Taiwan store will provide e-books about travel, lifestyle and business, inaddition to traditional Chinese titles. Rakuten Kobois also partnering with Taiwanese publishers to offer Chinese-language digitalbooks to users worldwide.

SOUTHEAST ASIA

*BlackBerry announceda joint venture with Indonesiantelco PT Tiphone Mobile Indonesia Tbk to produce and promote its Android-basedphone in Indonesia, Info Komputer reports.The JV, called PT BB Merah Putih, will enable BlackBerry to meet Indonesiangovernment requirements for its handset, which must include at least 30% localcomponents.

*China-based Tencent Group, owner of the WeChat messaging app, launched WeChatPay in Thailand, Prachachatreports.The new mobile payment app poses direct competition to Alibaba-affiliatedpayment platform AliPay InternetTechnology Co. Ltd.

*State-owned PhilippineAmusement and Gaming Corp., or PAGCOR, rejected gaming technology service providerPhilweb Corp.'s proposal to establish a mobile-based lottery platform projectedto earn as much as 100 billion Philippine pesos in annual revenues, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports.PAGCOR chair Andrea Domingo cited the government's current policy of keepinggambling inaccessible to lower income brackets.

*Twitter Inc.'sIndonesia arm launched a new feature called Kemala, to allow Indonesiancitizens to connect with the government, Kompas reports.Kemala enables people to send communications and complaints via the socialmedia platform to be assessed by the government.

*Google Inc. launched the Indoor Street View feature for Google Maps inThailand, accordingto Krungthep Turakij. The feature isreportedly available in 15 malls in the country and is expected to helpincrease the number of visitors to some of them by 10% to 15% in six months.

*The Thai Central Administrative Court decided that the will not have to compensate RS InternationalBroadcasting Sport Management Co. Ltd. any further, Prachachat reports.The NBTC already paid 369.85 million Thai baht to RS for airing 64 FIFA WorldCup 2014 games on free TV at the regulator's request.

*Indonesian telco PT XL AxiataTbk hired a new president commissioner, Muhammad Chatib Basri,replacing Muhammad Radzi bin Haji Mansor, Viva News reports.Chatib Basri served as Indonesia's minister of finance from 2013 to 2014.

*Girnar Software, or GirnarSoft, an Indian software and mobile apps developmentcompany, partnered with PT Kreatif Media Karya, or KMK Online, a subsidiary ofIndonesian media group PT Elang Mahkota Teknologi, to introduce an automotivee-commerce platform called Oto.com, e27 reports.The platform will connect customers with automotive manufacturers anddistributors.

AND NEW ZEALAND

*Netflix Inc.ordered a newanimated comedy, "Pacific Heat," from Australian company Working DogProductions. The streaming company reportedly ordered 13 episodes of theseries, which will premiere in late 2016 in Australia with as its television partner.

*Melbourne sports radio station 1116 SEN is partneringwith Golf Australia's AO Radio, with SEN managing production of the broadcastof the Australian Open Golf 2016 tournament. The Australian radio broadcasterwill also provide on-air talent and simulcast components of AO Radio intoMelbourne free-to-air during the tournament.

* AndrewBackwell resigned from his position as managing director of programming andproduction at Australia's NineNetwork, TV Tonight reports.He is scheduled to depart at the end of October. Backwell, according to theNine EntertainmentCo. unit, will "pursue new career opportunities," and hisresponsibilities will be divided among several Nine executives.

AND SOUTH ASIA

*Swedish mobile telecoms equipment maker Ericsson AB is in discussions with Indian telcos todeploy video optimization technologies, TheEconomic Times (India) reports.Ericsson already deployed a similar set of solutions for Indian telco giantBharti Airtel Ltd.,sources told the newspaper. Airtel declined to comment on the matter.

*Facebook Inc. isworking with the Indian government to search for alternatives to its FreeBasics program, The Financial Expressreports.The program was shut down after India's telco watchdog operators from charging varyingrates for internet connectivity.

*Dhaka-based software and digital media firm Tradeshi is now Alibaba'se-commerce partner in Bangladesh, The Daily Star reports.The companies entered into an agreement that sees local e-commerce firmspurchasing or selling products through Alibaba after signing deals withTradeshi.

FEATURED NEWS

: Spotify is in advancednegotiations to acquire Berlin-based SoundCloud, while HBO Nederland willshutter its service on Dec. 31.

:National Amusements, which controls 80% of the voting shares in Viacom and CBSCorp., asked the two companies to consider a potential merger, whileAmazon.com, Alphabet's DeepMind/Google, Facebook, IBM, and Microsoft joinedforces to work on artificial intelligence technologies.

: Panelists at the recent Holographic Summit in Londonseemed hopeful about new mobile technology from Google and its ability to spurVR adoption.

: While content choices continue toproliferate across multiple platforms, Sony's free streaming service Crackle iscarving out a place for itself.

: During a two-day industry conference,Tinseltown professionals assessed the health of the movie-theater business,with bears citing low admissions and the need for alternative windowing.

: After reaching a number ofgoals during its inaugural season with ELEAGUE, Turner Broadcasting and WME/IMGare revamping the circuit's sophomore campaign to enhance interest in theeSports organization.

: S&PGlobal Market Intelligence presents a weekly rundown of executive changes inthe media and communications industries.

FEATURED RESEARCH

: Issue No. 405, published September 2016.  

: Multichannel providers, led by AT&T,expanded 1 Gbps availability over the past year; their offerings, however,remain far shy of being universally available.

: Comcast gave some indicationof how big an impact the Olympics may have had on other cable networks notshowing the games at the Goldman Sachs 2016 Communacopia Conference.

Joji Sakurai, Sunny Um, EmilyLai, Wil Hathaway and Kevin Osmond contributed to this report. The Daily Dosehas an editorial deadline of 7 a.m. Hong Kong time. Some external links mayrequire a subscription.