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National Amusements calls for Viacom-CBS merger; Alphabet, others form AI partnership

Medical IoT Technology in US Hospitals Helps to Reduce Costs and Improve Care

Internet Traffic Spikes By One Third In March

How 37 Years of Default Data Can Prepare Us for the COVID-19 Fallout

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National Amusements calls for Viacom-CBS merger; Alphabet, others form AI partnership


* As , National AmusementsInc., which controls 80% of the voting shares in and , asked the board of the twocompanies to consider a potential merger. Any transaction would proceed only ifit is approved by each board and none of Chairman Emeritus Sumner Redstone,Viacom Vice Chairman Shari Redstone or NAI director David Andelman will vote onthe matter or participate in any of the related deliberations, NAI .

* Amazon.comInc., AlphabetInc.'s DeepMind/Google, Facebook Inc., IBM, and joined forces to workon artificial intelligence technologies. The new non-profit organization,called Partnership on AI, will invite academics, non-profits, and specialistsin policy and ethics to join its board as it conducts research, recommends bestpractices, and publishes research, according to an official .

TV Networks

* Former FOX News Channel (US) anchor Andrea Tantaros rejected aproposed settlementby the 21st Century FoxInc. unit, Variety reports.A lawyer representing Tantaros said FOX News had proposed an offer of"seven figures" to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit that named thenetwork and several of its senior executives as defendants.


* Qi Lu, head of Microsoft's apps and services unit, isexiting the software giant due to medical issues caused by a bicycle accident,Recode reports,citing sources. Lu started working at Microsoft in 2008 after servingYahoo! Inc. for aperiod of 10 years. 

* AppleInc. will move its London headquarters to the Battersea PowerStation in 2021. According to a company news release, the iPhone maker agreed to lease about500,000 square feet, across six floors, at the central Boiler House inside thebuilding.

Internet & OTT

* GoogleInc.'s YouTube tapped former Warner Music Group Corp. executive Lyor Cohen to be globalhead of music, Reuters reports.Recently, Cohen served as CEO and co-founder of the 300 Entertainment recordlabel.

* Microsoft's Xbox One gaming console Starz (US) network's stand-alone subscriptionstreaming app to its lineup. The Starz app, which can be downloaded for freevia the Xbox Live service, will allow subscribers to watch first-run movies andexclusive STARZ Original series, including the upcoming season two debuts of"Blunt Talk" and "Ash vs Evil Dead," the company .

The day ahead

Early morning futures indicators pointed to a lower openingfor the U.S. market.

In Asia, the Hang Seng rose 0.51% to 23,739.47, and theNikkei 225 was up 1.39% to 16,693.71.

In Europe as of midday, the FTSE 100 was up 1.59% to6,915.83, and the Euronext 100 fell 0.36% to 887.29.

On the macro front

The GDP report, the international trade in goods report, thejobless claims report, pending home sales index, the EIA natural gas report,the Fed balance sheet and the money supply report are due out today.

Featured news

The Daily DoseEurope: Spotify in talks to buy SoundCloud; HBO Nederland to ceaseops: SpotifyLtd is in advanced negotiations to acquire Berlin-based SoundCloud,while HBO Nederland will shutter its service on Dec. 31.

The Daily DoseAsia-Pacific: Flipkart may get $1B from Wal-Mart; YouTube Go app debuts inIndia: American retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is in talks to invest as much as $1billion in Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart, while Google is making its newoffline video viewing app YouTube Go available first in India before a widerrollout.

WashingtonWatch: On the eve of the set-top box vote: As the calendar creepscloser to the FCC's open meeting, both sides of the set-top box debate tried toget in one final word.

Data Dispatch:AT&T vs. Google: A fight over fiber: The fight over fiber isgetting worse in Tennessee.

Hires andFires: US Media & Comm director moves through Sept. 27: S&PGlobal Market Intelligence presents a rundown of board changes in the media andcommunications industries.

Rumor Mill:The big cost of small tweets for Twitter suitors: As one of thelast online advertising opportunities left, Twitter Inc. is again being considered as an M&A targetby media companies new and old, but investors for the potential buyers do notseem enthusiastic.

Featured research

Economics of TV & Film: Motion Picture Investor:Table of contents for issue No. 405, published September 2016.

Economics ofNetworks: Olympic Games a big boon for NBCUniversal cable networks:Comcast Corp. gavesome indication of how big an impact the Olympics may have had on other cablenetworks not showing the games at the Goldman Sachs 2016 CommunacopiaConference.

BroadcastInvestor: TV station-level retrans revenue analysis update through2022: SNL Kagan is pleased to release our updated analysis of TVstation-level retrans revenues for all 210 TV markets, including a ranking ofthe 15 major TV network affiliate station group owners and top 10 stations by2016 estimated retrans revenues.

MultichannelTrends: Cable TV Investor: Table of contents for issue No. 745,published September 2016.

Economics ofAdvertising: Prime-time C3 ratings decline 8.9% at cable networks inAugust: Prime-time ratings dropped 8.9% year over year among the101 NielsenHoldings-rated English-language cable networks that were rated inboth August 2015 and 2016, as competition from the Rio Summer Olympic Gamesdiverted eyeballs from many networks.