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Deutsche Telekom eyeing European ISP; Ireland probes Yahoo email scanning


*Deutsche Telekom AGand Internet provider UnitedInternet AG are both preparing offers for European internet serviceprovider Host Europe Group, Handelsblattreports,citing insiders. HEG is reportedly being valued at €1.5 billion.

* Ireland'sOffice of the Data Protection Commissioner is looking into a that complied with a demand toscan Yahoo Mail accounts for information given by U.S. intelligence officials,Reuters reports.The regulator said it would view any mass surveillance infringing on EUcitizens' privacy rights as a matter of "considerable concern."


*The U.K. Information Commissioner's Office slappeda £400,000 fine on TalkTalkTelecom Group PLC for a security breach in October 2015 that led to the theft of personaldata of nearly 157,000 customers. Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denhamsaid TalkTalk's failure to implement the most basic cyber security measuresallowed hackers to penetrate the telco's systems.

*British Telecom'shead of consumer business John Petter criticized for cutting its broadbandcosts by selecting a slower network repair service, The Daily Telegraph of London reports.Ofcom documents reportedly show that Sky downgraded its contract with BT'sinfrastructure arm Openreach, which resulted in broadband customers getting arepair visit within two days instead of one.

* BTstruck an agreement to consolidate and upgrade network infrastructure for HRservices provider Randstad Group, accordingto a news release. The partnership will see BT provide new IT infrastructurewith cloud connectivity for Randstad's sites in 37 countries.


*Sky Deutschland GmbH,which previously rolled out advertising across its sports broadcasts, alsoadded ads to fictional programming, DWDL reports.Sky Krimi, one of its crime series channels, now airs ads between shows, andsubscribers have shown a "high acceptance" to the disruption,according to the report.

*German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF (DE) secured rights to broadcast all games of theEuropean Football Championship 2020 live, DieWelt reports.The companies reached an agreement with European soccer association UEFAthrough sports rights agency SportA.

*German Minister of Justice Heiko Maas criticized social media platforms such asTwitter Inc. andFacebook Inc. for nottaking enough responsibility when it comes to hate speech, Meedia reports.Maas also suggested that AlphabetInc. unit GoogleInc. should be subjected to cartel investigation over a searchengine monopoly in Germany.

*Sky Deutschland rolled out Sky+ Pro for satellite and cable network customers, accordingto a news release posted on Finanz Nachrichten. In addition, the company willpremiere its first soccer game in Ultra HD quality on Oct. 14 in Germany andAustria.

*French e-commerce company Cdiscount launched Cstream, a new triple-play streaming service,Broadband TV News reports.The service offers music from Spotify Ltd., Deezer SA and FnacJukebox, as well as video, excludingseries, from NetflixInc. and books from Inc.'s Kindle.

*Altice NV said in astatement that it terminated the offer to buy the rest of SFR Group SA, after Frenchmarkets regulator AMF declared the former's bid non-compliant.

*AMF rejected Altice's voluntary public exchange offer for a stake in SFRbecause it considered the offer to be too imprecise and because SFR's minorityshareholders were not sufficiently informed about the terms, Les Echos reports.SFR stock dropped by 7%, representing a decrease of about €600 million inmarket capitalization, at opening of the Paris stock exchange on Oct. 5.

*Orange SA launched a46-channel bundle integrating CanalSat, LesEchos reports.The Famille by Canal offer is available to Orange's 1.2 million fiber subscribersat €29.99 per month for the first year, and €43.99 per month after.

*Vincent Meslet resigned as executive director of national TV channel France 2, Les Echos reports.Meslet is leaving by mutual agreement due to differences of strategy withDelphine Ernotte, president of parent company .


*Telegraaf Media Group announced to advertisers that their online video platformTelegraaf VNDG will launch in spring 2017, deVolkskrant reports.The platform will reportedly include a daily news show and other exclusiveproductions, which will be developed in cooperation with production companyTalpa.

*Dutch consumer and market authority ACM and personal data authority AutoriteitPersoonsgegevens claim to issued a warning about insufficient databaseprotection in the Netherlands, months before personal energy consumption dataof 2 million people was stolen from an energy provider in September. Accordingto Tweakers, the authorities specifically ordered energy providers to improvedata security.

*Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg plan to intensify cooperation regardingthe development of a joint digital economy referred to as "a digitalBenelux," Dutch IT-channel reports.On the annual Benelux summit in Schengen, agreements were made on severaltransboundary innovation projects.

*KPN NV launched theKPN Zapper, a new app for business users that can be used to manage telephonecommunications, Telecompaper reports.Zapper, which will be available to subscribers of KPN's standard and premiumbusiness packages, will allow users to control features like forwarding calls,speed dialing, and simultaneous ringing.


*Nokia Corp. acquiredU.S.-based startup Eta Devices, accordingto a news release. Eta Devices specializes in power amplifier efficiencyproducts for base stations.

* Anumber of Spotify Free users reported that the desktop version of the Swedishmusic service app exposes users' browsers to malicious code throughadvertisements, Svenska Dagbladet reports.Spotify said that it is investigating the matter.

*Swedish gaming company Massive Entertainment, which is owned by , is getting ready tohire 200 additional people, Sydsvenskanreports.In order to have room to grow, the company reportedly bought an entire cityblock in Malmo.


*Turkish authorities cut off the live broadcast of broadcaster IMC TV during araid on its offices, Al Jazeera reports.IMC TV is among several broadcasters banned by the Turkish government forallegedly spreading terrorist propaganda.

*Vodafone Group Plcunit Vodafone EspañaSAU formed a new unit catering to all billing concerns across allof the company's services. Called Vodafone Servicios, the unit will take chargeof client transactions, which includes tariffs, billing and customer support,Digital TV Europe reports.

*Enel Open Fiber and Italian fiber optic firm Metroweb SpA started the fiberrollout in the cities of Padua and Cagliari, with plans to extend 1 Gbpsfiber-to-the-home connections to 50% of the cities' populations by June 2017and April 2016, respectively, Telecompaper reports.Both parties intend to establish a wholesale fiber optic network to moreItalian cities, according to the report.


* BelarusNational State Broadcasting struck a deal with Discovery Communications Inc. for the Olympic Gamescoverage in Belarus. The partnership, financial terms of which were notdisclosed, includes exclusive free-to-air audio visual and non-exclusive radiorights to the upcoming PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games in South Korea andthe Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, according to a news release.

*Poland's Onet Group is shuttering its subscription video-on-demand service VoD+due to stiff competition, Broadband TV News reports,citing Wirtualne Media. The company, however, will retain its main VOD, according to the report.

*JSC Gazprom-MediaHolding's Russian broadcaster unit Red Media launched Malysh, a newchannel targeting preschool children, Broadband TV News reports.The broadcaster eyes over 1,000 hours of content for Malysh during its firstyear, including cartoon series and educational shows.


: Areplacement unit for Samsung's recalled Galaxy Note 7 caused the evacuation ofa flight in the U.S., while food delivery startup Foodpanda shut down itsIndonesian business due to competition with similar services from localride-hailing apps.

: Rumors are circulating that Disney is consideringa bid for Netflix or Twitter, but the size and scope of such a deal would bebig.

: A dozen FOX-owned regional sportsnetworks will begin offering in-market streaming of NHL games and programmingand open up a new revenue stream with dynamic advertising insertion thisseason.

: Persistence often pays off in the newspaper industry. But itcan also carry a high cost.

: S&PGlobal Market Intelligence presents a roundup of recent programmingannouncements from various networks and online video platforms, including the2016 New York Comedy Festival and the Oct. 2 debut of "Westworld" onHBO.

: Years of debt-fueled expansion mean pressure is mounting forSpain's Telefónica to address its estimated €52.6 billion debt pile. Analystsare convinced the company is leaning toward an IPO for its O2 unit in the U.K.

: In this monthlyfeature, S&P Global Market Intelligence provides a roundup of recent marketdevelopments in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland.


: With Latin America's local infrastructuresteadily improving, and more flexible payment options becoming available, mostOTT players within the region are turning their attention to providing a morediversified offering.

: Subscription on-demand player iflix uses strategic partnershipswith telcos and device manufacturers to develop its subscriber base.

: SNL Kagan recently completed a Consumer Insightssurvey in South Korea that focused on consumer trends related to home andmobile entertainment, e-commerce, internet-connected devices and othermedia-related activities.

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