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* The French competition authority authorized the launch of subscription video-on-demand platform Salto, the TF1 Group said. The service, to be offered jointly by France Télévisions SA, TF1 and Groupe M6, is scheduled to launch in the first quarter of 2020.

* Inc. has formed Amazon Data Services, a subsidiary in Estonia that will be responsible for data processing and hosting activities, Telecompaper reports, citing The Estonian subsidiary was founded a month ago.

* Telecom Italia SpA has officially begun offering Sky Ltd.'s "NOW TV - Ticket Sport" app on its video-on-demand platform TIMvision. The new content will provide broadcasts of sports matches, including those from Italian soccer league Serie A, the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Euro 2020.

* The arrival of ITV PLC and the British Broadcasting Corp.'s joint streaming service BritBox in the autumn adds a new urgency to the diversity drive among U.K. public service broadcasters, as the platform goes head to head with subscription-video-on-demand providers that have made diversity part and parcel of their programming strategies.


* Accenture PLC agreed to acquire Insitum, a research and consulting firm headquartered in Mexico that designs products and services for companies, as well as brand and digital strategies. Insitum will become part of Fjord, the design and innovation unit of Accenture Interactive.

* Liberty Global PLC commenced "modified Dutch auction" tender offers to invite its shareholders to tender up to $2.5 billion of its ordinary shares. The tender offers are scheduled to expire at one minute after 11:59 p.m. ET on Sept. 9, unless the offers are extended or terminated.

* British software and services company Advanced Computer Software Group Ltd. received investment of an undisclosed sum from funds managed by private equity firm BC Partners. Vista Equity Partners LLC, which acquired Advanced in 2015, will remain an investor in the company.

* Semiconductor firm Imagination Technologies Group PLC may need further cash injections from its Beijing-backed private equity investor amid dwindling sales, following Apple's decision not to use its graphics chip designs in 2018 iPhone models, London's The Daily Telegraph reports.

* Gill Hay has stepped down as director of content partnerships at Virgin Media, TBI Vision reports. The Liberty Global unit is not planning to fill the role vacated by Hay.

* CityFibre Infrastructure Holdings PLC has helped Vodafone Group PLC in expanding the reach of the telco's Gigafast broadband service to more than 70,000 premises in five U.K. areas, according to Think Broadband.

* The British government plans to grant media regulator Ofcom interim powers to issue fines against social media companies for failing to protect users from videos showing violence or child abuse, The Independent reports.


* Amazon has begun offering audio streaming of Bundesliga, DFB Pokal and Champions League soccer matches featuring German teams through Alexa, Telecompaper reports. The new feature is available for Amazon customers in Germany.

* Deutsche Telekom AG, Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG and Vodafone Deutschland GmbH have launched Mobile Connect, a login procedure that allows the use of phone numbers as unique digital identifiers for purchases made online.

* Funke Median Gruppe has launched its own food magazine, Super You, which targets women aged 25 to 55.


* Capgemini SE and Altran Technologies SA have signed a tender offer agreement with the terms and conditions of Capgemini's takeover bid at a price of €14 per share. This follows the exclusive negotiations agreement and the consultation with the required employee representative bodies. The transaction is expected to be concluded by year-end.


* KPN NV has started rolling out its new fiber-to-the-home network in the city of Arnhem, Telecompaper reports. The Dutch operator wants to connect 1 million homes in the Netherlands to the new network in three years.

* Supporters of Dutch soccer club NAC Breda have reacted in anger to FOX Sports' plans to only broadcast a handful of NAC matches live, after the club's earlier relegation, TotaalTV reports.

* Interactive entertainment company The VR Room will open a new location in Amsterdam on Sept. 1, following the launch of its first VR Escape Rooms in cooperation with gaming developer Ubisoft Entertainment SA in March 2018.


* Bonnier Broadcasting AB's pay TV channel provider C More Entertainment AB has acquired Swedish broadcast rights to La Liga and Serie A matches, as well as those from U.S. Major League Soccer, Digital TV Europe reports. The rights were bought from the Endeavor Holdings Inc.-owned sports agency IMG, which previously aired the matches through the Strive streaming service. Bonnier AB owns Bonnier Broadcasting.

* IT company DistIT AB has finalized a revamp of its management structure led by CEO Robert Rosenzweig. The reorganization will enable DistIT to respond more efficiently to market changes.

* Iver AB has acquired Landskrona-based company IT Gården AB, Sydsvenskan reports. IT Gården delivers cloud and digital consulting services to mainly small-to-medium sized firms in Sweden. Shares were bought from Norwegian venture capital vendor Norvestor Equity AS.

* Danske Bank A/S is pursuing plans to roll out Apple Inc.'s mobile payment service Apple Pay to customers in Denmark, Berlingske Tidende reports. Apple Pay will form a core part of Danske Bank's mobile payments platform.

* Internet service provider Fastspeed A/S has reached 5,000 broadband customers in Denmark, Berlingske Tidende reports. Fastspeed was recently launched as a low price disruptor to TDC A/S-owned YouSee A/S.


* Telefónica SAs Movistar+ renewed broadcasting rights for LaLiga, the Champions League and Europa League in hotels, restaurants and cafés, Telecompaper reports. The deal's financial details were not disclosed.

* Portuguese pay TV operator Sport TV launched a free application, available for both subscribers and non-subscribers, Telecompaper reports, citing Lusa. The app offers information on national and international sports.

* Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS has installed communication infrastructure for eCall systems in connected automobiles in Turkey. The eCall system will allow users to call emergency lines and receive incoming calls.


* P4 Sp zoo, operating under the Play brand, has added about 50 film titles from SPI International Inc. to its streaming service Play Now, Broadband TV News reports. The new content comes from an agreement between Play and SPI-controlled Kino Polska TV SA.

* T-Mobile Polska SA is considering cutting down its workforce within a month, Telecompaper reports, citing Deutsche Telekom owns T-Mobile Polska.


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Anne Freier, Sylvia Edwards Davis, Charlotte van Hek and Gerard O'Dwyer contributed to this report.

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