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* T-Mobile US Inc. added 7 million total net customers in full year 2019, bringing its total customer count to 86.0 million at year-end. The net additions for full year 2019 included 4.5 million branded post-paid net additions, 3.1 million branded post-paid phone net additions and 339,000 branded prepaid net additions.

* Facebook Inc. is putting together a team of engineers in Singapore to develop ad-buying tools for Chinese customers, Reuters reports, citing three people with the knowledge of the matter. The team will be tasked to work around internet restriction in the world's most populous country by bypassing China's "great firewall."

* TiVo Corp. unveiled its new Stream 4K device, which will provide integrations with multiple streaming services, including DISH Network Corp.-owned Sling TV, Netflix Inc., YouTube LLC and Inc.'s Prime Video. The TiVo Stream 4K will be available in April with an initial launch pricing of $49.99 and will launch with Sling TV as its preferred source for subscription TV.


* Intel Corp. unveiled a new range of mobile processors as well as its first discrete graphics processing unit during its press conference at CES 2020, the Consumer Technology Association's annual technology and media trade show. The processors, code-named Tiger Lake, will deliver "double-digit performance gains" and better graphics and artificial intelligence improvements.

* Advanced Micro Devices Inc. continued its battle with Intel by unveiling new third-generation Ryzen 4000 series mobile processors for laptops. The processors will use the company's 7-nanometer technology for ultrathin consumer and professional laptops as well as laptops aimed at gamers and content creators.

* Qualcomm Inc. unveiled a new 5G computer and an autonomous driving platform at its press conference at CES 2020.

* During its CES 2020 press conference, Sony Corp. unveiled a car prototype and said it will continue to invest in autonomous vehicle technology. It also revealed the latest sales figures for the PlayStation 4 gaming console.

* Apple Inc.'s senior director for global privacy, Jane Horvath, defended the company's policy to use encryption, according to CNBC. Horvath, speaking at CES 2020, said the company is always ready to assist law enforcement agencies but added that "building back doors into encryption" will not help solve crimes.

* Accenture PLC agreed to buy Symantec's cybersecurity services business from Broadcom Inc. for an undisclosed amount. The transaction is expected to be completed in March.

* Design automation software provider Synopsys Inc. will acquire certain intellectual property assets of Santa Clara, Calif.-based technology design company Invecas Inc. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of fiscal year 2020.

Film & TV

* Nielsen Holdings PLC rolled out the beta version of its Addressable TV platform, pursuant to which, A+E Networks, AMC Networks Inc., CBS (US), Discovery Inc., Fox Corp., @NBCU, Warner Media LLC and other programmers will test the service by running addressable ad campaigns and evaluating how it interoperates with current and evolving workflows.

* Building on the ratings momentum from its centennial regular season, the NFL kicked off its playoffs with a 7% audience advance. The pro football league, citing data from Nielsen, reported the average audience across its four Wild Card games on Jan. 4-5 was 30.5 million viewers, marking the round's best collective delivery since 2016.

Internet & OTT

* A group of internet pioneers is gearing up to block the $1.1 billion sale of the control of the .org internet domain after the Internet Society announced plans to sell Public Interest Registry to private equity firm Ethos Capital, Reuters reports. The group is urging the internet's governing authority, ICANN, to block the sale as it would hurt nonprofits that rely on this domain.

* IHeartMedia Inc.'s streaming broadcast radio platform iHeartRadio is rolling out a series of integrations to bring its library of audio content to more listeners. IHeartRadio is partnering with SoundHound Inc. to bring audio content to the latter's Hound app and Houndify voice artificial intelligence platform.

* Differentiation between HBO(US)'s streaming platforms, HBO Go and HBO Now, will only get more complicated with the 2020 launch of HBO Max, Warner Media LLC executives said, adding that the company intends to simplify its distribution in 2020-2021.


* At CES 2020, U.S. Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joseph Simons suggested that the regulator could decide on one or more antitrust probes of large tech companies.

* Sonos Inc., which makes wireless home speakers, sued Google LLC in two federal court systems, accusing the Alphabet Inc. unit of infringing on five of its patents, The New York Times reports. The company said Google knowingly copied its patented technology, including "technology that lets wireless speakers connect and synchronize with one another."

The day ahead

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

In Asia, the Hang Seng lost 0.83% to 28,087.92, and the Nikkei 225 fell 1.57% to 23,204.76.

In Europe, around midday, the FTSE 100 slid 0.02% to 7,572.52, and the Euronext 100 shed 0.04% to 1,152.67.

On the macro front

The ADP employment report, the U.S. Energy Information Administration Petroleum Status Report and the U.S. consumer credit report 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: Accenture/Broadcom deal; All3Media on Red Arrow; Netflix/Kino Polska team up: Accenture to buy Symantec's cybersecurity services business from Broadcom, All3Media Ltd. resumes plans to acquire Red Arrow Entertainment Group GmbH, and Kino Polska TV Spolka Akcyjna teams up with Netflix Inc. on movie content production.

The Daily Dose Asia-Pacific: Sony concept car; Xiaomi, Sea in digital banking bid; SoftBank investment: Sony Corp. unveiled its first electric concept car, Xiaomi Corp. and Sea Ltd. have joined the race to secure a digital banking license in Singapore, and SoftBank Group Corp. is eyeing an investment of up to US$100 billion in Indonesia.

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The Pay Check: Apple executives' 2019 compensation; Entravision CEO's salary: Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook's compensation decreased year over year in 2019, mainly due to nonequity incentive plan compensation. Entravision Communications Corp. entered into a new employment agreement with Chairman and CEO Walter Ulloa.

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Economics of TV & Film: KBOX Week 52: 2019 box office passed $11B but falls shy of 2018 record: Domestic box office finished off the year with a five-week growth streak. Total week 52 box office increased 1.9% to $436.3 million in 2019. The growth streak was not enough to bring the winter season out of the red.

Economics of Internet: Profile: Play Now TV (Poland): In April 2019, Polish mobile provider Play launched an online video service called Play Now TV.

Economics of Internet: See it in charts: US, international OTT, December 2019: View U.S. and international over-the-top video trends at a glance in PowerPoint format. Key charts summarize the status of subscription video, ad-supported video, video advertising and other top sector trends.

Economics of Networks: Cable programmers focus on streaming-heavy future as revenue growth slows: Delivering organic growth from the U.S. cable network side of the business is becoming extremely challenging as changes in the pay TV landscape and audience viewing behavior take a toll on linear subs and ratings.

Global Multichannel: Indonesia TV networks strong on content and digital assets drive: Indonesia's traditional TV platforms continued to experience strong advertising revenue growth, which remained a key revenue source for local media corporations in 2018.

Economics of Advertising: National, digital spur outdoor/out-of-home growth in Q3'19: Ongoing aggressive digital deployment and robust ad demand from national advertisers are expected to drive mid-single-digit growth momentum in fourth-quarter 2019 for the three public outdoor groups.

Global Multichannel: 2019 Latin America multichannel, broadband and mobile market overview: Kagan's second annual installment of its Latin America market overview now includes coverage of the mobile segment. The report explores the region's top telecommunications groups' operational and financial trends.

Consumer Insights: Emmy-nominated Netflix Originals viewership: While nearly all Netflix users have viewed at least one of the select Emmy nominated original shows surveyed, the individual titles have a narrow viewership.

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