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Google faces new EU complaint; Microsoft wins email warrant appeal

TOP NEWS

*The European Commission brought another antitrust charge against , alleging that Googleblocks rivals in its online search advertising platform AdSense for Search,Reuters reports.The EC accused the AlphabetInc. unit of abusing its 80% share in the online advertising marketby placing search ads on third-party websites.

*The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that the U.S. government cannotmake Microsoft Corp.produce customer emails stored in its Ireland data center. The court that the provisions of awarrant issued to the company under the Stored Communications Act do not applyextraterritorially.

PAN-EUROPEAN

* Turner Europe, Middle East and Africa saidthat it appointed Pedro Cosa to the newly created post of vice president forinsights and analytics. Cosa, who currently works for , is joining theTime Warner Inc. unitin September.

UK ANDIRELAND

*The New Zealand Commerce Commission saidit is investigating whether the proposed merger of VodafoneGroup Plc's New Zealand unit and SKY Network Television Ltd. will result in a substantialloss of market competition. The regulator is hoping to make a decision on the dealby Nov. 11, or earlier if no issues are identified.

*The European Commission did not offer the Irish government any clue regardingthe amount of back taxes AppleInc. will need to pay in relation to its tax in Ireland, Bloomberg News reports.EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager reportedly told Irish FinanceMinister Michael Noonan that the tax ruling could be out in September orOctober.

*British BroadcastingCorp. News and Current Affairs Director James Harding told staffthat BBC News(UK) and BBC WorldNews will continue operating as separate channels, Broadcast reports.Harding said mergingthe two news channels, proposed as a cost-cutting measure, will not serve thebest interests of U.K. and global viewers.

* Former BBC Two (UK) controller Kim Shillinglaw is joiningEndemol Shine UK as its first director of factual programming, The Guardian of London reports.She left the BBC inJanuary following a management restructure at the public broadcaster.

* British Prime Minister Theresa May namedKaren Bradley as the new secretary of state for culture, media and sport.Bradley will replace John Whittingdale, who confirmed his departure via a tweet.

, SWITZERLAND ANDAUSTRIA

*Amazon.com Inc. isconsidering introducing locker facilities in Germany where customers can pickup orders which could not be delivered to their homes, Reuters reports,citing WirtschaftsWoche. Amazon's head of logistics in Germany Bernd Schwenger,reportedly said that locations could be opened in Berlin and Munich.

*Vodafone Deutschland is offering its cable customers free TV access to SDchannels including RTLplus and TOGGO plus, Mobiflip.de reports.Zee.One and Deluxe Musik HD will also be added to the company's free TVoffering.

*German broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk extended the contract of deputydirector Albrecht Hesse to Jan. 31, 2021, DWDL reports.Hesse has served as head of legal at the company since 1999 and as deputydirector since 2003. Werner Reuss was also promoted to head knowledge andeducation programming.

* TheCEO of German e-commerce company Unister died in a plane crash in , Spiegel reports,citing local media. Thomas Wagner was in an aircraft which reported icingeffects before the plane crashed in mountainous territory near Predmeja,according to the report.

* turnedon Safety Check in the wake of the Bastille Day attack in Nice, France. Thefeature was also activated during the terrorist attacks in Paris in November2015.

*Orange SA announcedthat its low-cost mobile operator Sosh launched a new Airbox mobile 4G to Wi-Fihotspot. Data consumption is deducted from the quota allotted to the user'smobile phone subscription.

, BELGIUM ANDLUXEMBOURG

* Recentconcessions made tothe European Commission by ZiggoNV and VodafoneNederland to ensure approval of their planned merger might includean initiative to open up Ziggo's network to other competing companies, accordingto TotaalTV. The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs has been looking to improvecompetition in the market by opening up cable networks for quite a while, buthas been opposed by European legislation. owns Ziggo.

*Pathé Thuis, the video-on-demand service from cinema chain Pathé, reported asales growth of more than 50% in the first half of 2016 compared to the sameperiod last year, Telecompaper reports.The company reportedly expects to have one million Pathé Thuis accounts at theend of the year.

*Several regional broadcasters expressed their wish to broadcast their TVprograms in HD quality via various digital TV providers, including 's TV platform InteractiveTV, accordingto MediaMagazine. Regional broadcasters produce the majority of the programs inHD, but these are transmitted in standard quality almost everywhere,according to the report.

NORDIC COUNTRIES

*Ericsson AB movedthree senior executives to its Indian operations, The Economic Times of India reports.Jose Luis Serrato is now vice president and head of network services; EkowNelson will lead the IT and cloud unit; while David Hagerbro is vice presidentand customer unit head of Ericsson's service providers vertical in India.

*The revenue-generating capacities of Norway's traditional media will be testedby growth of newcomers such as Facebook and Google in the domestic market,e24.no reports.Unlike traditional media, Internet giants like Facebook and Google are able tomore efficiently customize and target ads to individual users regardless ofmedium, according to the report.

*Sweden's Ministry of Culture is looking to expand opportunities to allowcommercial operators to grow within the radio segment of the market, Sydsvenskan reports.Culture Minister Alice Bah Kuhnke reportedly wants to amend rules to make iteasier for new players to enter a more competitive commercial radio arenaserving larger broadcast areas.

*Sanoma Group Oyj's share price strengthened in Helsinki in the wake of theFinnish group's positive profit alert, Dagens Industri reports.Sanoma's share price was buoyed by news of a stronger fiscal outlook in 2016coupled with a better operational performance in its domestic media business.

SOUTHERN EUROPE

*Forthnet SA-ownedGreek pay TV operator Nova renewed its long-term partnership with 's The dealallows Nova to offer films and series from SPT's portfolio a year ahead of anyother subscription service or broadcaster in Greece, among other arrangements, Telecompaperreports.

*Sky plc's will roll out itstargeted advertising platform Adsmart in late summer, Broadband TV News reports.Adsmart reportedly allows advertisers to reach geographically-defined areas toaid them in their campaigns.

*Telecom Italia SpAand Italian financial technology provider SIA SpA launched apoint-of-sale MultiPay network, available in more than 2,200 stores acrossItaly, Telecom Italia announced.Via the service, Telecom Italia prepaid mobile customers can use their debitcards to pay for services and offers.

*Discovery CommunicationsInc.'s Discovery Italia hired former executive LuigiFilippo Ecuba as senior director, sport, to oversee the company's sportsstrategy in Italy, Spain andPortugal,Digital TV Europe reports.The broadcaster also hired former Sky Italia journalist Luca Corsolini asOlympic senior consultant.  

EASTERN EUROPE

*Netflix Inc. willbegin charging its Polishsubscribers under the local currency, Broadband TV News reports,citing Wirtualne Media. As such, the monthly subscription fees for Netflix'sbasic, standard and premium packages will be 34 Polish zlotys, 43 zlotys and 52zlotys, respectively, according to the report.

* ' O2 Sportchannel will be rebranded O2 TV Sport on Aug. 8, Broadband TV News reports,citing Parabola. The company will also reportedly debut two new channels, O2 TVTennis and O2 TV Hockey in 2017.

*Polish cable operator MultimediaPolska SA bagged a government subsidy of 3.8 million zlotys to upgradeits broadband network in the city of Mielec, Telecompaper reports.E-cho also secured 3.5 million zlotys in funding for development in Choszczno,while Terra Telekom was awarded 3.3 million zlotys for a Lubuskie project.

FEATURED NEWS

: China'sDalian Wanda Group reportedly met with Viacom representatives regarding apossible minority stake acquisition in Paramount Pictures, while Japanesemessaging app operator LINE saw shares trading at 28% above its offering pricein its U.S. market debut.

: Pay TV providershoping the FCC would overhaul the retransmission consent regime were leftdisappointed after the commission said it would not adopt any new rulesgoverning good faith negotiations.

: Yet anotherbreak-out animated movie will fight for the top spot at box offices during itssecond week in theaters, challenging the long-anticipated"Ghostbusters."

: Golf Channel is teeing off a12-week swing in which it will present live tournament action from a men'smajor for the first time, cover the sport's return to the Olympics after morethan an century, and air the PGA playoffs and the Ryder Cup. Mike McCarley,president of golf for NBC Sports Group, discussed these and other developmentsdriving the network.

: S&P Global MarketIntelligence presents a weekly rundown of executive changes in the media andcommunications industries.

: S&P Global Market Intelligence presents a roundup ofrecent programming announcements from various networks and online videoplatforms, including the debut of the docu-series "Run Mama Run" onespnW and the re-airing of a special interview with Elie Wiesel on OWN.

: S&P GlobalMarket Intelligence presents a biweekly rundown of executive and board changesin the European media and communications industries.

: Analysts consider the recent tie-upbetween EE and BT Sport as the next punch in an ongoing battle with Sky,Vodafone, Virgin Media and others to bring quad-play initiatives to the U.K.market.

: Thisfeature tracks potential deal activity in the Media & Communicationssector, including announced strategic reviews, intended purchases or sales andrumored transactions.

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