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Amazon in talks to settle EU e-book probe; French regulator blocks Altice's SFR offer


* Inc. is intalks with EU antitrust regulators to clinch a fine-free settlement for ayear-long probe into its e-book deals with publishers, Reuters reports,citing a person familiar with the matter. The source reportedly said it is tooearly to determine whether the talks will result in an agreement.

* Frenchfinancial markets regulator Autorité des marchés financiers, or AMF, said thatAltice NV's buyoutoffer for SFR does not comply with rules and it will not allow Altice to make anew offer, Le Figaro reports.Altice said in a statement that it regrets AMF's decision and reserves theright file an appeal with the Court of Appeal of Paris.


* DiscoveryNetworks UK & Ireland extendedits exclusive sales partnership with Sky plc's advertising arm Sky Media for 'schannel portfolio in the U.K. and Ireland. Under the long-term deal, Sky Mediawill take charge of the entire advertising inventory for channels such asAnimal Planet(UK), DiscoveryChannel (UK), Investigation Discovery (UK), and .

*EE Ltd. willexclusively distribute GoogleInc.'s Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones in the U.K., the telco said.The handsets are available to pre-order for consumer and business customers.Google is a unit of AlphabetInc.

*Twitter Inc. launchedits Moments feature in Ireland, in a bid to attract more users, The Irish Times (Dublin) reports.The feature enables users of the microblogging platform to curate tweetsrevolving around a specific theme.


* CFOGunnar Wiedenfels will leave the company on March 31, 2017, Finanz Nachrichten reports.He will join Discovery Communications in New York. The search for his successorhas already begun.

*Telecoms services distribution firm Televes Deutschland announced an expansionto its management team. Jochen Kummerer, the current product manager, is nowalso overseeing marketing duties, Info Digital reports.In addition, Ralf Schwellnus will be managing the company's business inNordrhine Westphalia.

*Sky Deutschland GmbHlaunched its virtual reality app Sky VR for iOS and Android devices, Meedia reports.A total of 20 different 360-degree videos will be available at launch, with theoffering to be expanded over the coming months.

*Seven years after the launch of Sky 3D, the channel announced plans to closedown, DWDL reports.The service closed due to a lack of interest from consumers, according to thereport.

*RTL Group's RTLDeutschland launched new advertising campaigns for its video-on-demand serviceTV Now and reworked the product logo just seven months after its initiallaunch, DWDL reports.In addition, the service now support Google Chromecast.

*Bernard Mourad, deputy director of SFR Group's media division, resignedto become the director of Emmanuel Macron's presidential campaign, La Tribune reports,citing an Agence France-Presse source close to the operator.

*Bouygues Telecom isthe leading 4G network in France, ahead of Orange SA, according to an audit published byradioelectric frequency administrator Agence Nationale des Fréquences, Le Figaro reports.Bouygues Telecom had deployed 9,500 sites by September, placing it in the leadamong the four French operators.

*Webedia acquired Oxent, organiser of the Electronic Sports World Cup ESWC andpublisher of the tournament platform, for an undisclosed amount, Les Echos reports.Webedia also entered into exclusive negotiations to buy Bang Bang Management,which manages professional players and produces e-sports content forbroadcasters.

*Bouygues Telecom is testing a new 4G set-top unit developed by to allowusers to connect to the internet at home via the mobile network rather than alandline, CB News reports.A spokesperson for the company said that the experiment will allow the operatorto roll out the service, based on the customer feedback. Unit rental costs €3per month with a fee of €24.99 per month for unlimited usage.


*Amsterdam-based VimpelComLtd. saidits Algerian subsidiary Djezzy upgraded its network with 4G/LTE high-speedmobile service. With the launch, VimpelCom has now implemented 4G/LTE in nineof its 14 markets.

*Dutch consumer and market authority ACM has not investigated the effects on theradio market caused by the merger of Talpa's and Telegraaf Media Group's radiobusinesses, Media Magazine reports.Persgroep's radio station Q-Music Nederland expressed concerns that the mergercould cause unbalance in the market, but according to the ACM, no officialnotification of this was submitted.

*Philips Lighting teamed up with Google for linking the Philips' smart Huelighting systems to the Google Home application, reports.Financial details of the cooperation were not disclosed.


*Ericsson ABconfirmed plans toslash about 3,000jobs in Sweden as part of ongoing cost-saving measures. The job cuts, whichwill affect the tech firm's operations in six sites across the country, willcome from production, research and development and sales and administration.

*The expiration date of NokiaCorp.'s public buyout offer for Alcatel-Lucent has been extended, Nokia said.Legal action has been taken against the French stock market authority'sclearance of the buyout offer, causing the expiration date to be movedindefinitely.

* announced a rightsissue of about 3 billion Swedish kronor, in connection with the company'sacquisition of TDCA/S unit TDC Sweden. The issue is subject to approval by Tele2shareholders during their annual general meeting on Oct. 27.

*Tele2 Sweden saidthat it chose Akestam Holst as its new advertising agency. The telecom companyheld talks with several ad agencies this autumn.

*Telia Co. AB saidit launched its app for hosting enterprise cloud services, Telia Appmarket, inNorway. Appmarket, which hosts a range of services for enterprise customers,was launched in Sweden, Finland and Lithuania in 2015.


* appointedYousef Al-Obaidly the new CEO of DigiTürk, effective immediately, following acquisitionof the latter, accordingto a company release. Al-Obaidly has been with beIN Media for 14 years, and iscurrently the group's deputy CEO as well as president of beIN SPORTS France.

*VimpelCom and CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd. agreed a one-year lockup period ontheir Italian jointventure, as well as a right of first refusal on each other's share,Telecompaper reports,citing Corriere della Sera. Bothcompanies also reportedly agreed not to lower their indirect stake in themerged WIND TelecomunicazioniSpA-3 Italia entity below 50% during the first year of the mergerbeing effective.

*Telefónica SAlaunched its Wi-Fi management tool Base App, available to local subscribers ofMovistar residential broadband services, Telecompaper reports.The free app can reportedly be used as a remote control to manage users' homenetworks, and will be available for download from the end of October.


* launched Apple Pay inRussia, the 10th country where the service is available, Reuters reports.For the initial rollout, Apple has partnered with MasterCard Russia's Sberbank,according to the report.

*Russia's purchased mobile games design firm Pixonic for $30 million,Telecompaper reports.Established in 2009, Pixonic currently has 100 employees, and reported 619million Russian rubles in revenues for the first half of 2016, according to thereport.

*O2 Czech Republic aswill expand its video-on-demand portfolio with new film titles from unitTwentieth Century Fox FilmCorp., as well as 12 recent films from the Berlin, Cannes andVenice film festivals, Telecompaper reports.The films can be watched via O2 TV, PCs and mobile devices, at prices rangingfrom 30 Czech koruny to 120 koruny per title.

*Polish broadcasting watchdog KRRiT greenlit TVN SA's request to change the name of its TVN MeteoActive channel to HGTV, the lifestyle channel owned by TVN parent , Broadband TV News reports.Following the regulatory approval, TVN will launch HGTV in Poland in January2017.


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The Daily DoseAsia-Pacific: Wharf telecom unit sold for $1.2B; Google, HTC partner for Pixelphones: Hong Kong-based Wharf Holdings agreed to sell its telecombusiness Wharf T&T to a consortium of private equity firms TPG Capital andMBK Partners, while Google teamed up with Taiwanese handset maker HTC toproduce the new Pixel smartphones.

The Pay Check:Murdochs' compensation jumps YOY: Fiscal 2016 pay packages of 21stCentury Fox Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch and CEO James Murdoch are amongthose highlighted in the latest installment of The Pay Check.

Data Dispatch:Media & comm PE deal values swell in 2016: The just-endedquarter was a busy one for private equity investments in the media andcommunications space.

SouthernEurope video spotlight: Netflix localizes Turkish platform: In thismonthly feature, S&P Global Market Intelligence provides a roundup of newsrelated to over-the-top, video-on-demand and other online video initiatives ina range of southern European markets, including Portugal, Italy, Spain, Turkeyand Greece.

London techcommunity defiant in wake of Brexit uncertainty: London's venturecapital circles are defiant in a city grappling with its future role followingthe U.K.'s vote to leave the European Union.


: An unprecedented waveof advertising powered by strong spending on politics and sports events ishitting cable shores. A more conservative trend emerges from our latestlong-term forecast, however, as a decidedly more temperate multichannelsubscriber outlook balances out cable's competitive advantage in pinpointingdemographics. For our detailed analysis, see our exclusive new report.

: Major ad agency holding groupsproduced largely positive results in the second quarter, with gains in digitaladvertising helping to offset turbulence related to currency fluctuations,terrorist attacks around the globe and the decision of the U.K. to leave theEuropean Union.

: Accordingto new forecasts from SNL Kagan, cable operators will transition toward moresoftware-focused virtual converged cable access platforms beginning in 2017 andwill increase their spending on these platforms to $670.6 million in 2021.

: TiVo, one of the TV industry pioneers of the DVR, wants theworld to understand that it is more than just a hardware vendor.

Sylvia EdwardsDavis, Anne Freier, Koen Pijnappels and Esben Svendsen contributed to thisreport. The Daily Dose has an editorial deadline of 7 a.m. London time. Someexternal links may require a subscription.