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Spotify in talks to buy SoundCloud; HBO Nederland to cease ops

TOP NEWS

* is in advancednegotiations to acquire Berlin-based online audio distribution platformSoundCloud, the Financial Times of Londonreports.Terms of a potential deal were not disclosed.

* HBO Nederland will cease operations Dec. 31, shutting downits pay TV channels, on-demand service and online streaming platform, Tweakers reports.Dutch broadcasting permits for HBO (US) series such as "Game of Thrones" willreportedly be transferred to Liberty Global plc's Ziggo NV. HBO Nederland is a joint venture between and LibertyGlobal.

AND IRELAND

*Apple Inc. to move its Londonheadquarters to the Battersea Power Station in 2021, the company . Apple agreed to lease about500,000 square feet, across six floors, at the central Boiler House inside thebuilding, accounting for about 40% of the total office space in the wholedevelopment.

*Nick Fraser resigned as editor of the BritishBroadcasting Corp.'s Storyville documentary strand to focus on hisnew documentary subscription video-on-demand service Yaddo, Broadcast reports.Fraser, who has been in the role since Storyville began in 1997, will betemporarily replaced by executive producer Kate Townsend.

*Netflix Inc. willsoon add more U.K. employees as it eyes further British commissions, Broadcast reports.The streaming giant is currently co-producing Red's crime drama "Paranoid"with ITV Plc and 42's"Watership Down" with the BBC, among others.

, SWITZERLAND ANDAUSTRIA

*Japan's NTT DATACorp. is acquiringSwitzerland-based Nefos AG, a salesforce solutions company servingGerman-speaking markets. NTT DATA is the IT services arm of

* Germansoftware company SAP plans to invest €2 billion in the Internet of Things,according to a news release.Through the investment, which will be made over five years, SAP plans to tapinto the €250 billion IoT market.

*SAP acquired Italian software company Plat.One for an undisclosed sum,according to a news release.Plat.One's platform will be integrated into SAP's Hana Cloud.

*German Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling for increased collaboration betweenthe European Commission, European Union member states and companies regardingdigitalization, and its regulation, reportsnews agency dpa. Merkel made the comments ahead of a meeting with FrenchPresident François Holland, European Commission President Jean-Claude Junckerand 20 heads of European companies.

*Sky plc's andSplendid Film, a subsidiary of German Splendid Medien, signed a multiyear contentdeal, according to a news release.The license agreement covers exclusive pay TV, pay-per-view and video-in-demandrights for Sky in Germany Austria and other German-speaking parts of Europe.

*Ahead of its Sept. 29 general assembly meeting, French video game publisherUbisoft launched a campaign to garner support and convince investors of themerits of its independent strategy, to ward off a possible takeover byVivendi SA, Reuters reports. As of Sept. 28, the Guillemot family held 13.22% of shares and 19.18% ofvoting rights, trailing Vivendi's 22.8% of shares and 20.2% of the votingrights.

*Altice NV unitSFR announcedthat 90% of homes and business premises in Bastia will be connected to high-speedbroadband by the end of 2016. The French telecom expects the fiber network tocover every home and business in the Corsican city by 2019.

*French app Zenly raised $22.5 million in a funding round, reportsLe Figaro. Designed for teens andyoung adults, the app helps friends geolocate one another on a map, and hasalso been used by NGOs to help locate employees in difficult-to-access areas.

, BELGIUM ANDLUXEMBOURG

* 's will renew itsmobile subscriptions, limiting its offer to a total of six packages, Datanews reports.As of Oct. 3, every subscription will include mobile data and free texting,while unlimited minutes are available for subscriptions that cost €33 a monthand higher.

* Dutch regional broadcaster RTV Drenthe will terminate itssatellite broadcasting service due to budget cuts, TotaalTV reports.RTV Drenthe, whose budget will decrease at least €1 million, has decided totake other measures instead of laying off employees.

* Dutch journalist crowdfunding platform Yournalism has beenput up for sale, Nieuwe Journalistiek reports.The platform is owned by culture and entrepreneurship foundation StichtingCultuur+Ondernemen, but will now be sold due to a loan provided by thefoundation that cannot be repaid by Yournalism.

NORDIC COUNTRIES

*The Swedish government asked the European Commission for financial assistanceto deal with the aftermath of Ericsson AB's mass-redundancy plans. Sweden expects toreceive around 38.5 million Swedish kronor from the European GlobalisationAdjustment Fund to help workers laid-off by Ericsson, reports Dagens Industri.

*Stampen AB's management is open to a possible takeover by . Stampen CEO MartinAlsander described Telia as "potentially" a good match for thedebt-ridden newspaper publisher, DagensIndustri reports.

*Telia Danmark A/S reached an exclusive deal with media company Zetland. Theagreement will enable Telia's mobile customers to access Zetland's ad-freedigital daily newspaper, Telia said.

SOUTHERN EUROPE

*Telefónica SA struckan agreement to offer Vivendi SA's two new premium content platforms for itsmobile users in Latin America. The deal involves the launch of premium musicvideo service WatchMusic in Brazil via Telefónica's Vivo in early October, aswell as the debut of mobile short series service STUDIO+ in the coming weeks.

*Telefónica's Movistar Plus is rolling out a multidevice access service thatwill enable simultaneous pay TV access on up to four devices, AdvancedTelevision reports.Movistar Plus will also launch the Multi + Hogar service that allows users towatch pay TV via three different devices at home and a fourth device out of thehome network.

*PT Portugal struck anew collective labor contract with trade unions, Telecompaper reports,citing Lusa. The unions reportedly said it was possible to negotiate a €15monthly wage increase for those earning less than €725, plus additionalbenefits.

*Pepephone CEO Pedro Serrahima is leaving the Spanish mobile virtual network operatorto join Spanish tourist group Globalia at the end of October, Telecompaper reports,citing El Confidencial. Serrahimafounded Pepephone in 2012. The company was recently to MásMóvil Ibercom SA.

EASTERN EUROPE

* The Hungarian unit of German broadcaster agreed to acquire a 30% stakein Central Médiacsoport's online portfolio Central Digital Media, the Budapest Business Journal reports.The deal, financial details of which were not disclosed, is subject to approvalby the Hungarian Competition Authority, or GVH.

* MobileTeleSystems PJSC is rolling out Samsung Pay in Russia on Sept. 29,in partnership with SamsungElectronics Co. Ltd. and MTS Bank, Telecompaper reports.The mobile payment service will be initially available on six Samsung Galaxysmartphone models.

* TelekomRomania Chief Technology and Information Officer Timos Tsokanissaid his company is planning to open smart city projects in 10 more Romanianmunicipalities, Business Review reports.The plan follows the April opening of the Cosmote SA-controlled telco's first smart city projectin Romanian capital Bucharest.

* Mail.ru Group is planning to expand the Russian gamemarket in China via partnerships with Chinese companies, Telecompaper reports.The partnerships also seek to attract western and Asian partners to form aglobal gaming industry union, according to the report.

* TelewizjaPolska SA is launching an HD version of its TVP Info channel, BroadbandTV News reports,citing Wirtualne Media. The channel will occupy the slot vacated in July by TVPPolonia on Poland's third digital terrestrial TV multiplex, according to thereport.

FEATURED NEWS

: As the calendar creeps closer to the FCC's open meeting,both sides of the set-top box debate tried to get in one final word.

: The Federal Reserve Chair discussed the possibility ofadding equity purchases to the U.S. central bank's monetary policy toolboxduring an appearance before Congress.

: The fight over fiber is getting worse in Tennessee.

: S&P Global Market Intelligencepresents a rundown of board changes in the media and communications industries.

: As one of the last online advertisingopportunities left, Twitter is again being considered as an M&A target bymedia companies new and old, but investors for the potential buyers do not seementhusiastic.

FEATURED RESEARCH

: SNL Kagan is pleased torelease our updated analysis of TV station-level retrans revenues for all 210TV markets, including a ranking of the 15 major TV network affiliate stationgroup owners and top 10 stations by 2016 estimated retrans revenues.

: Prime-timeratings dropped 8.9% year over year among the 101 Nielsen-ratedEnglish-language cable networks that were rated in both August 2015 and 2016,as competition from the Rio Summer Olympic Games diverted eyeballs from manynetworks.

: 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.

: Based on our analysis of 15 U.S.TV station groups, Q2 retrans per sub averaged 27.3% year-over-year growth to$1.12 per subscriber on a station/network basis and $1.44 per subscriber on amarket-level-basis.         

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