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CVC, Cinven lead bidders for Allegro; Google gets 4th extension to rebut EU charges

TOP NEWS

*Naspers Ltd.'s Polishe-commerce unit Allegro could get around $3 billion, including debt, afterreceiving buyout bids from several private equity firms, Bloomberg News reports,citing people familiar with the process. CVC Capital Partners and GeneralAtlantic, as well as a group made up of Cinven Ltd., Permira and Mid Europapartners reportedly submitted two of the highest bids to acquire the company.

*The European Commission gave Alphabet Inc. unit Google Inc. another extension, until Oct. 31, to respondto antitrust charges, Reuters reports. Afine of up to $7.4 billion could be imposed on Google for abuse of dominantposition through Android, its operating system for mobile devices.

AND IRELAND

* a £5 million funding round forBritish streaming TV platform TVPlayer Ltd., according to a news release. TVPlayer will use theinvestment round's proceeds to boost its content roster and expand itsfootprint across the U.K. A+E Networks is a joint venture between 's andHearst Corp.

*Twitter Inc.'sBritish operation paid tax of £1.2 million in 2015 as staff enjoyed a £12.5million shares windfall, The Guardian ofLondon reports,citing accounts filed at Companies House. Twitter U.K. also reportedly earned apretax profit of approximately £3.4 million, up from about £3.3 million in 2014.

*Sky plc launchedits virtual reality app Sky VR, which offers access to immersive, 360-degreevideo content. The pay TV giant will introduce more content and VR features tothe app over the coming months.

*TalkTalk Telecom GroupPLC announceda new pricing structure that will reward the loyalty of existing customers. Thechanges include offering similar deals to old and new customers, fixed servicerates for 18 months, and the scrapping of separate line rental fees on allpackages and moving them into a single monthly price.

*ITV Studios Entertainment hired Gail Harman as creative director fordevelopment and Martin Lau as development executive, accordingto a news release. The ITVPlc unit also promoted Tom McLennan to director of entertainment.

* Sky UKLtd.'s production and distribution arm Sky Vision sold factualseries "The Wine Show" to 99 territories worldwide, World Screen reports.

, SWITZERLAND ANDAUSTRIA

* Germanpublic broadcasting channel ZDFneo had a strong start into the season with amarket share of 2.4%. The youth channel recorded a growth of 0.7% compared to September2015 figures, DWDL reports.

*German bonus program and multimedia channel marketing platform PAYBACK expandedits partnership with German service and technology provider for digital CRM,artegic, according toa news release. The companies are planning to launch innovative applications inthe future.

* will open itsfirst data center in France by 2017, LePoint reports.A company representative said that the move addresses the need of public andparapublic French services to keep their data in France.

*Xavier Niel, founder and majority shareholder of French operator , invested in Spanishstartup Source{d}, Les Echos reports.The startup raised €5.4 million. Other French investors are Otium Capital andthe Pierre-Edouard Stérin fund, founder of Smartbox.

* Frenchdomain registration body Association Française pour le Nommage Internet enCoopération AFNIC welcomedthe end of the contract between the U.S. Commerce Department and ICANN,allowing the transition of the oversight of the internet at the root zone level.

*Clémentine Soilly was appointed commercial director for CNN InternationalCommercial for France, Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg, Offremedia reports.Soilly will report to Petra Malenicka, senior vice president for Europe and theAmericas. CNN International is owned by Time Warner Inc.'s Turner Broadcasting System Inc.

NETHERLANDS,BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG

* TheArnhem court ruled that FacebookInc. should provide user information of a Dutch woman in relationto a blackmailing case in the Netherlands, NOS reports.Facebook said it will comply with the verdict.

*KPN NV saidthat it launched a new service called SmartLife Comfort, a smart thermostatservice to which customers can subscribe for a monthly fee of €7.95. Thethermostat, developed by Dutch company Plugwise, can be controlled using asmartphone app.  

* Talpaand Telegraaf Media Groep announced a merger of radio companies 538Groep andSky Radio Group, Media Magazine reports.The resulting radio and music entertainment company contains several prominentDutch stations, including Radio Veronica, Radio 10, Sky Radio and 538.

*Persgroep Nederland acquired Synpact, a company specializing in research andmarketing related to entrepreneurship, Nederlands Medianieuws reports.Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.

NORDIC COUNTRIES

* is planning to cutbetween 3,000 and 4,000 full-time positions in Sweden in a new cost-cuttingpackage, SVT reports,citing sources. The efficiency measures could include closing down thefactories in Kumla and Borås.

*Nordic private equity company FSN Capital acquired Swedish e-commerce companyBygghemma from investment company Nordstjernan fro an undisclosed sum, DIDigital reports.Bygghemma had revenues of 2.3 billion Swedish kronor in the last fiscal year,according to the report.

*Bangladeshi mobile operator Grameenphone, owned by , appointedChristopher Laska as board chairman. Laska replaces Sigve Brekke, who has takenup the job as CEO of the Telenor group. Laska currently serves as senior vicepresident of board governance and partnership relations at Telenor Asia.

*Nokia Corp.'sresearch company Nokia Bell Labs announcedsmall cell technology F-Cell. The technology enables small cell deploymentanywhere, and is designed to eliminate the power and backhaul wires and fiberscurrently required for small cell installation.

SOUTHERN EUROPE

* partnered with TelefónicaSA to provide a public cloud and cloud services initiative inChile, Brazil and Mexico, Light Reading reports.The project allows enterprises to use computing, storage and backup services ona pay-per-use basis, with Huawei supplying hardware and software to supportTelefónica's Open Cloud.

*Eutelsat CommunicationsSA received an order from the Turkish government to take down MedNuçe TV, a channel favoring Kurdish and other opposition groups, AdvancedTelevision reports.The channel and some 20 other TV and radio stations have been blacklisted bythe Turkish government for airing opposition views and content, according tothe report.

*Cosmote SA launchedOTE TV Plus, a new on-demand platform available free to subscribers of OTE TV'sadvanced hybrid environment, Broadband TV News reports.Several shows from OTE TV will be added to OTE TV Plus shortly after airing,according to the report.

*Mehmet Ali Yalcindag resigned as coordinator of Dogan Media Group followingallegations of ties with Berat Albayrak, the Turkish minister of energy andTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's son-in-law, Broadband TV News reports,citing Hurriyet. Dogan Media Groupoperates channels such as Kanal D and CNN Türk.

EASTERN EUROPE

* President Sergey Boykoquit his post to focus on his own consulting business, Broadband TV News reports.Boyko, who was a member of Volia's senior management for 15 years, willcontinue to work for the company as an adviser to the director general.

*Polsat Group founder Zygmunt Solorz-Zak will focus on developing strategies forthe company, following his resignation from Polsat's supervisory board, DigitalTV Europe reports.Meanwhile, Tomasz Szelag and Marek Kapuscinski were been appointed as newadditions to the supervisory board.

FEATURED NEWS

: SeveralSouth Korean fintech companies are filing a petition against Apple objecting toits policy of not opening its NFC interface to app developers, while Sonycompleted its acquisition deal with Michael Jackson's estate to gain soleownership of Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

:Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are pushing for FCC Chairman Tom Wheelerto publish the full text of his revised set-top box proposal. But so far, itseems as if Wheeler will not budge.

: MeetMe topped the list of new mediacompanies with the largest increases in short interest in the first half ofSeptember.

: S&P Global MarketIntelligence provides a wrap-up of European media and communications dealannouncements, completions and updates from Sept. 26 to Sept. 30.

: S&P Global Market Intelligenceprovides a wrap-up of U.S. media and communications deal announcements andcompletions from Sept. 26 to Sept. 30.

: Sony added HBO andCinemax to its over-the-top platform PlayStation Vue, while Netflix ordered anew animated comedy, "Pacific Heat," from Australian company WorkingDog Productions.

FEATURED RESEARCH

: Despite the challenges facing theindustry, the U.S. cable TV ad market continues to be a solid business forprogrammers.

: Facebook's decision to carve outall mobile messaging functionality on its platform into the stand-aloneFacebook Messenger app may not have been popular with all users but itcontinues to pay big dividends.

: There are moresummer films headed to home video in October, a number of them less than fourmonths after they were released in theaters.

: The second quarter saw more of thesame for the U.S. e-commerce sector, with revenue growth significantlyoutperforming retail sales and Amazon showing no signs of relinquishing itse-commerce crown.

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