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Privacy Shield pact approved; EC to clear WIND-3 Italia deal

TOP NEWS

* EUmember states approved the transatlantic data pact known as theEU-U.S. PrivacyShield, following revisions demanded by the EU. In a , the European Commission saidthe new agreement is fundamentally different from the Safe Harbor accord, due tostricter obligations on companies handling data, among other provisions.

* CKHutchison Holdings Ltd. and VimpelCom Ltd. are set to secure EU antitrust approvalon the proposed merger of their Italian units 3 Italia and ,Reuters reports,citing two people familiar with the matter. The companies recently struck adeal with to help create a fourthItalian mobile operator, as part of concessions to secureEuropean Commission approval.

AND IRELAND

* claimed that theIrish Data Protection Commissioner's draft ruling on EU-U.S. data transfers could cost the Europeaneconomy €143 billion a year if upheld, the IrishIndependent (Dublin) reports.Commissioner Helen Dixon found that Facebook's transatlantic data transferchannels are invalid due to insufficient U.S. legal protections for Europeanprivacy rights.

* Hutchison3G UK is urging British telecom watchdog Ofcom to prevent any operator fromgetting more than 30% of the country's total mobile spectrum after an upcomingspectrum auction. VodafoneUK said it will oppose the proposal and is looking at options toprevent Ofcom from revising the auction rules, The Sunday Telegraph (London) reports.

*EE Ltd. got the mostnumber of consumer complaints among British broadband providers during theJanuary-March 2016 period, accordingto a report by Ofcom. Meanwhile, EE's parent British Telecom registered the biggest number of pay TVcomplaints for the same period.

, SWITZERLAND ANDAUSTRIA

* UnitedInternet AG CEO Ralph Dommermuth said in an interviewwith Handelsblatt that the companywants to turn itself into a network operator in the landline business byfocusing on fiber-optic cabling, Handelsblatt reports. The company plans torival Deutsche Telekom in providing fixed-line internet.

* German online news providers benefited from Brexit and theUEFA Euro 2016 Championships, reporting increased visitor numbers in June, DWDLreports.Among the top 15 news providers, Spiegel Online and n-tv.de grew fastest withincreases of 16.5% and 16.3%, respectively, compared to the prior month.Huffington Post was the only news service which saw visitors decrease.

* ,along with Audi, HuaweiTechnologies Co. Ltd. and Toyota, began testing LTE-V technologyfor connected vehicles, the telco said in a statement. Thetechnology will be used to help in road safety and traffic efficiency, such asto help with collision warnings.

*Two weeks after its launch, Outbuster, a French VOD platform that acquires therights to foreign films, already has 3,000 members, reportsSatellifax. To develop the platform, its creators launched a crowdfundingcampaign on the site KissKissBankBank, where so far €6,325 of €20,000 neededhas already been raised, according to the report.

*The founder and host of French TV program "Zapping" has been dismissedby Vivendi SA unitCanal Plus SA forgross misconduct, accordingto L'Express. Patrick Menais isreportedly accused of attempting to trademark the Zapping brand under his ownname.

,BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG

*The Kudelski Group saidthat it bought NexGuard Labs BV, aNetherlands-based provider of digital content watermarking solutions, for anundisclosed sum. The acquisition is expected to help boost Kudelski's anyMARKwatermarking technology.

* TheDutch Data Protection Authority doubled the maximum amount of fines for failureto report data privacy breaches to €900,000 per violation, Telecompaper reports.The changes are reportedly in line with an amendment to the country's telecomsact, with offenses grouped into three categories.

*The Dutch public prosecutor wants the maximum fine of €4.74 million againstGibraltar-based company Takilant for charges of bribery, fraud and moneylaundering of about €300 million, Telecompaper reports.The prosecutor also wants to freeze the €300 million, and to seize Takilant's6% holding in a Telia Co.AB unit.

NORDIC COUNTRIES

* confirmed that itreceived and dismissed an attempt to acquire a majority shareholding in thecompany, reportsPolitiken. TDC described the offer asvery early stage, financially inadequate, incomplete and not in the bestinterest of shareholders.

*Spotify Ltd. coulddecide to revisit plans to launch its music streaming service in as part of a revised market development strategy,Dagens Industri reports. Spotify created a Russian subsidiary in 2014 and was preparing a launch, butdecided in February 2015 to shelve the initiative.

*Norway's Parliamentary Standing Committee on Businessand Industry would like to see Telenor ASA split into separate Nordic and internationalcommercial legal entities, e24.no reports.The committee believes split operations would protect Telenor's core businessinterests against foreign political risks and potential corruption.

*Telenor Norge A/S launched Visual Voicemail, a visual representation servicefor voice mail, Telenor said in a statement.The service, which currently works with the iPhone 4S and newer models, allowsusers to go directly to the inbox on their phone handset to play new messages.

*E-commerce company Snapdeal may be close to acquiring online fashion retailerJabong, reportsDagens Industri. Jabong is owned byGlobal Fashion Group, in which Swedish mediaand investment group Kinnevik AB has a significant equity holding.

SOUTHERN EUROPE

* , via its unitTelefónica Internacional SAU, sold about 361.8 million shares or a 1.51% holding inChina Unicom forabout €322 million. Telefónica will retain a stake of about 1% in China Unicom,accordingto a filing with Spanishsecurities regulator CNMV.

*Apple Inc. expects todebut its Apple Pay service in Spain by the fourth quarter of 2016,Telecompaper reports,citing Expansión. Apple reportedlychose to roll out the service in Spain due to its banking system and highpenetration of NFC-enabled point of sale terminals, and is currentlynegotiating with Spanish financial services providers for partnerships.

*Forthnet SA-ownedGreek pay TV operator Nova inked carriage deals with 's Viacom International Media Networks for MTV channels MTVLive HD and MTV Hits, Broadband TV News reports.MTV Hits will be exclusively available to Nova and Nova 3Play customers,according to the report.

*Portugal's NOS debuted its in-house channel Canal Nos, offering movies,sport, music, special events and kids' content, Digital TV Europe reports.The pay TV operator also entered a deal with cable operator Cabovisão for jointrights to sports content, which includes access to live sports matches and thechannels of individual soccer clubs.

EASTERN EUROPE

* Hackersbreached the website of Polish operatorNetia SA, withcustomers unable to access the Netia.pl portal, Reuters reports,citing company spokeswoman Lidia Marcinkowska. The cyberattack may havecompromised some of Netia's client data, yet client login and password detailswere not stolen.

*Latvia's Lattelecom Group launched Shortcut, a new multiscreenover-the-top platform, Digital TV Europe reports.Shortcut will include series, films, live TV channels and live events, withinternational content available with Russian and Latvian subtitles, accordingto the report.

*Russian public broadcaster VGTRK will merge the information departments of itschannels Rossiya 1 and Rossiya 24, with the joint directorate to be headed byIrina Filina, Broadband TV News reports,citing Kommersant. The Directorate ofInformation Programs unit at Rossiya 1 will be shuttered, with DIP head YevgenyRevenko exiting the broadcaster, according to the report.

FEATURED NEWS

: China issuedtighter regulations for online advertising, while Viu, the OTT platformoperated by Hong Kong's PCCW, partnered with Singtel to launch a premiumsubscription service in Singapore.

: Comcast's unexpectedpartnership with Netflix and business strategies at some other companiesengaged in M&A drew investors' attention during the week ended July 8.

: The late cancellation of its headline fight leftthe UFC scrambling to reshape its card in the days before the July 9 event. Theimpact on its pay-per-view, commercial establishment and brand appeal have yetto determined.

: Amazon.com and Facebookjockeyed for a fourth-place finish in a ranking of media and communicationscompanies by market capitalization during the first half of the year, while thesectors' top three leaders maintained their positions.

: Companies, organizations and politiciansjostled to get a last word in on the FCC's contentious privacy proposal as thereply comment period came to a close this week.

: Googleacquired video streaming and monetization platform Anvato, which will join theinternet giant's cloud division, while the U.S. Internal Revenue Service fileda lawsuit against Facebook to compel the company to produce documents for afederal tax probe.

FEATURED RESEARCH

: At this year's Cable Congress,speakers painted a positive picture of the European cable industry. Theviability of eSports, competition with over-the-top services and LibertyGlobal's M&A plans were also hot topics.

Broadcast Investor:Broadcast transactions – 5th week of June 2016: The month of Juneended with four radio sales between $250,000 and $425,000.

Global Multichannel:Cable Congress 2016: Future opportunities are current challenges for Europeancable operators: Cable execs speaking on day three of the gatheringin Warsaw, Poland, outlined obstacles faced by operators in the quicklychanging pay TV environment.

Economics of Internet:Profile: Hulu (Japan): Hulu Japan is owned by Nippon TelevisionNetwork through its subsidiary HJ Holdings, and the service leverages itsparent company's content and influence in the Japanese broadcast market.

Amanda Kelly,Patrick Winters and Gerard O'Dwyer contributed to this report. The Daily Dosehas an editorial deadline of 7 a.m. London time. Some external links mayrequire a subscription.