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Telefónica cancels Telxius IPO; BBC Worldwide ups stake in UK indie


* TelefónicaSA aborted the upcomingIPO of its infrastructure unit Telxius due to weak investor demand, Reuters reports.The Spanish telco, which is also planning an IPO for its British mobile operatorunit O2, reportedly said it will study alternative options for Telxius.

* unit increased itsstake in British indie Lookout Point to 49% from 35%, with both parties agreeingto a full takeover option in the future. Financial terms of the transaction werenot disclosed. Lookout Point's portfolio includes "War and Peace," "RipperStreet" and "Parade's End."


* and the Irish governmentare set to challenge the European Commission's €13 billion tax ruling by sayingthey were kept out of the loop during the probe, Bloomberg News reports,citing people with knowledge of the case. Both parties will reportedly argue thatthey were not informed of the shift in emphasis during the probe, contrary to claimsfrom EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager's team that they kept the pair duly updated.

* TheDaily Mail (U.K.) publisher Daily Mailand General Trust plc will axe 400 employees following a strategic review of itsportfolio of businesses, the Financial Times(London) reports.The move will result in a one-time charge of £50 million in 2016. The cuts willmostly affect staff at the company's media unit, according to the report.


* Germansoftware company SAP and South Korean mobile phone company Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. opened a research center inSouth Korea to collaborate on in-memory platforms, reportsIT Times. The in-memory technology isintended to speed up processing and analyzing of rapidly-increasing amounts of data.

* Germancar manufacturer Mercedes-Benz plans to launch more than 10 electric cars by 2025,Reuters reports.Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler set up a digital technologies division, CASE, to incorporateelectric cars and the technologies they need.

* EWE,a German company operating in telecommunication and information technology, andenergy, plans to take legal action to stop the vectoring development by DeutscheTelekom, reportsWirtschaftswoche. Through vectoring, coppercables can reach download speed of up to 100 Mbps. EWE and other providers fearthey are disadvantaged because Deutsche Telekom is likely to win most contracts.

* HamburgCommissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information Johannes Caspar saidsocial networking sites like FacebookInc. need more than self-regulation when it comes to addressing hatespeech online, Handelsblatt reports.Caspar's comments were in reference to a wave of criticism Facebook received regardingthe way it deals with hate speech.


* YvesGuillemot was reappointed chairman and CEO during Ubisoft's annual shareholdersmeeting, the company said in a news release.Yves and Gérard Guillemot were re-elected as directors, and Frédérique Dame andFlorence Naviner were appointed as new independent directors.

* announcedthat it participated in Ubisoft's general shareholders meeting as its largest shareholder,noting that it would be good corporate governance for it to be represented on Ubisoft'sboard. Vivendi confirmed it abstained from voting on resolutions, resulting in thefailure of four resolutions to pass.

* plans to open a newAmazon Web Services region in France in 2017, Amazon Chief Technology Officer wrotein a blogpost. The region will allow users to store content in data centers in the country.

* CEO Stéphane Richard saidthe company wants to produce French and American series, in addition to film, Les Echos reports.Richard said he is prepared to allocate more resources to Orange Studio in orderto produce series in French with "international potential" or Americanseries. Orange also owns the cinema chain OCS and a film production studio.

* Deputy CEO OlivierRoussat toldLe Figaro the French telecom will haveprovided 99% 4G cover in France by 2018. He credited this dominance and Bouygues'success to the fact that the French telecom has a competitor that is "not doingwell," noting that Altice NVunit SFR's voluntary redundancyplan was a "godsend," as it demotivated employees.


* is in discussion with 's HBO regardingthe termination of HBO Nederland announced Sept. 29, and the resulting consequencesfor KPN customers, TotaalTV reports. KPN offersHBO channels in several of its subscriptions, which puts the provider in a difficultsituation, since HBO has agreed to transfer all HBO films and series to 's .

* Dutchfiber optic network provider Regio-Glasvezel has become the owner of CAI Digikabel'sfiber networks in industrial parks Sandelingen and Antonia Polder, retroactivelyper Jan. 1, 2016, Telecompaper reports.Regio-Glasvezel already provided CAI with operational support for several years.

* ErikRoddenhof was appointed CEO of De Persgroep, effective Jan 1, 2017, Adformatie reports.Roddenhof will replace current CEO Frits Campagne, who will remain active as chairmanof the board of directors. 

* TheHague municipality continues its legal efforts to reduce the number of virtual "PokémonGo" creatures in the Kijkduin area, which cause disturbance to residents, Tweakersreports.According to a municipality spokesman, summary proceedings will be submitted tothe local court on Oct. 11.

* A collectiveof Dutch professional football clubs submitted a proposal for the establishmentof an official national FIFA gaming league to EA, developer of the FIFA game, Numrushreports.Amsterdam FC Ajax recently contracted a professional eSports player, and competitorPSV is recruiting as well.


* CEO Johan Dennelindis under pressure to divest the Swedish telco's business operations in Eurasia byend of 2016, Affärsvärlden reports.Dennelind identified the complete divestment of all commercial activities and unitsin Eurasia as a personal target when he became CEO of Telia in 2013.

* announcedits debut in Japan onan invitation-only basis before opening to all users in the country. The Swedishmusic-streaming service also appointed Ichiro Tamaki, formerly Inc. Japan'svice president of devices and Kindle content, to run Spotify Japan as general manager.

* petitioned the governmentto develop more effective technology infrastructure policies in Denmark. TDC, whichreportedly said it has problems hiring sufficient IT specialists, wants more Stateinvestment in specialized IT training and digital skills, Politiken reports.

* IndustryMinister Mikael Damberg wants EricssonAB to deliver quick and clear information on the future of its manufacturingoperations in Sweden, and outline its long-term investment plans, Sydsvenskan reports.The minister's concern was reportedly triggered by rumors that Ericsson may be consideringclosing its large-scale production units in Sweden.


* suspended BT ItaliaCEO Gianluca Cimini and COO Stefania Truzzoli, pending a probe on an undisclosedmatter, Bloomberg News reports,citing people familiar with the situation. A BT spokesman reportedly declined tocomment on the news.

* BoulosH.B. Doany was appointed CEO and general manager of Türk Telekomünikasyon Anonim Sirketi, replacing Rami Aslan,Broadband TV News reports,citing Hurriyet. Doany previously servedas CEO, managing director and executive director of the Saudi Oger Group, and wasalso CEO of Türk Telekom for five years, according to the report.


* The European Commission is readying chargesagainst the Polish government regarding the latter's LTE auction, among other concerns,Telecompaper reports,citing Polish news agency PAP. Local operators such as Polkomtel, 's T-Mobile Poland andP4 previously complained about the auction proceedings, including the awarding ofa block in the 800 MHz band to rival Sferia prior to the start of the auction, accordingto the report.

* ZPRMedia Group's Eska TV has been transformed as 8TV, a Polish music and entertainmentchannel focusing on pop and other hits from the 80s and 90s, Broadband TV News reports,citing SATkurier. Following the facelift, Eska TV HD will now be known as 8TV HD,according to the report. 


: CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves recently laughed off speculationthat a merger with Viacom might be in the works. But that was before the Redstonesgot involved.

: A tale of extraordinary childrenshould take the lead at the box office amid a sleepy fall season.

: While content choices continue to proliferateacross multiple platforms, Sony's free streaming service Crackle is carving outa place for itself.

:Panelists at the recent Holographic Summit in London seemed hopeful about new mobiletechnology from Google and its ability to spur VR adoption.

: S&P Global MarketIntelligence presents a weekly rundown of executive changes in the media and communicationsindustries.

: After reaching a number of goalsduring its inaugural season with ELEAGUE, Turner Broadcasting and WME/IMG are revampingthe circuit's sophomore campaign to enhance interest in the eSports organization.

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


: The cable network M&A market has been deathlyquiet. although that may be about to change following National Amusements' Sept.29 announcement that it favors merging Viacom back into CBS.

: Very strong ad revenue growth from Facebook helpedpush U.S. ad revenues higher at publicly traded social platforms in the second quarter,with the sector seeing big gains each quarter stretching back several years.

: The over-the-top market continues to expandwith some recent debuts focusing on sports, content often ignored by some of themost popular subscription video-on-demand services.        

Amanda Kelly, Koen Pijnappelsand Gerard O'Dwyer contributed to this report. The Daily Dose has an editorial deadlineof 7 a.m. London time. Some external links may require a subscription.