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Nintendo launches 'Super Mario Run' on iOS; Meitu flat in Hong Kong debut


* Nintendo's iPhone game "Super Mario Run" has been released in Apple Inc.'s App Store, Recode reports. The mobile game launched in 150 countries and is priced at US$9.99. According to Nintendo, the game features three modes: World Tour, with 24 courses in six worlds; Toad Rally, for competition with other players; and Kingdom Builder to create courses.

* Chinese selfie app developer Meitu had a muted debut on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, according to iFeng. After some fluctuations, it finished the first day of trading unchanged from its IPO price of HK$8.50 and remains valued at US$4.6 billion.


* SB Cloud Corp., a joint venture between SoftBank Group Corp. telecom subsidiary SoftBank Corp. and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., has started offering packaged Alibaba Cloud services for the Japanese market. Customers can use Alibaba-hosted data centers in the U.S., China, Hong Kong, Singapore and other locations in addition to those hosted by SB Cloud in Japan.

* Fox Networks Group's National Geographic in Asia entered into a three-year partnership with China Intercontinental Communication Center to offer a block of documentary programming called "China Revealed," which will be broadcast to international viewers spanning 170 countries across Asia, Europe and Latin America. The companies also plan to produce at least three new titles annually.


* Japanese satellite TV provider SKY Perfect JSAT Corp. announced that it will stop distributing J. League soccer matches starting in January 2017. The company is finishing a 10-year contract that was signed in 2007, while U.K.-based Perform Group won a 10-year, ¥210 billion broadcasting deal with J. League in July. Sky Perfect attempted to negotiate with Perform on sublicensing, but that fell through, The Nikkei reports.

* Yahoo Japan Corp. said there was no effect on the company from a data breach at Yahoo! Inc. that was associated with more than 1 billion user accounts, The Nikkei reports. Yahoo Japan works under the Yahoo brand name but operates independently from the U.S. company.


* South Korean mobile group Kakao Corp. will merge its two video-sharing services, Daum tvPot and Kakao TV, Financial News reports. The new service will keep the Kakao TV name and be connected to the company's instant messenger Kakaotalk, allowing users to add independent content creators as friends.

* SK Telecom Co. Ltd. partnered with Xiaoyi, the action camera maker under Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi, to feature SK's T View Live service on Xiaoyi cameras, Chosun Biz reports. Previously, the real-time video filming and editing service was available only on LG Electronics Inc.'s action camera.

* Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. opened its first directly-operated customer center in South Korea, Yonhap News Agency reports. The Chinese mobile group had been outsourcing its tech support to 65 local service providers since 2014.


* China shut down or prosecuted 2,500 websites for sharing erotic or obscene content, Reuters reports. More than 3 million posts deemed as harmful were also deleted in the country's drive to "purify" its cyberspace.

* Alibaba's Youku Business Division signed a three-year licensing deal with Oriental DreamWorks to release a DreamWorks Animation LLC content bundle in China. The Alibaba Digital Media & Entertainment Group subsidiary will start streaming the first set of content in January 2017, including titles such as "Kung Fu Panda," "Shrek" and "How to Train Your Dragon."

* The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology gave the nod to China Unicom to reallocate its existing frequency bands to develop LTE networks, reports. The reallocation of 900 MHz, 1,800 MHz and 2,100 MHz bands is expected to give the state-owned telco a leg up in competing against China Mobile.

* Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing is testing a shuttle bus program in parts of Beijing and Chengdu, Caixin reports, with an eye toward entering the last-mile transportation market.


* Singapore's Elektromotive Group Ltd. acquired a 63.13% stake in South Korea's Dream T Entertainment worth S$22.7 million, Today reports. It also plans to change its name to Arion Entertainment Singapore. Elektromotive said it had been losing money in its tech and engineering business and was looking for new businesses to generate revenue and profit.

* Thai telco Advanced Info Service announced that it will invest 40 billion baht to expand its 4G network, Bangkok Post reports. AIS is expected to cover 98% of the population by the end of this year.

* Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission plans to take legal action against Thai TV for failing to pay installments on its digital TV license fee, Krungthep Turakij reports. The regulator will attempt to recover the outstanding payments from Bangkok Bank, Thai TV's guarantor, by submitting an appeal to the Administrative Court.

* Singaporean telco StarHub Ltd.'s Starhub TV will launch a new high-definition Korean blockbuster channel, tvN Movies HD, on Jan. 11, 2017, International Business Times reports. Starhub TV partnered with several industry players and South Korea's largest production house, CJ E&M, to roll out the channel, which will air movies from all genres.

* A group of Filipino workers submitted a letter to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, appealing for his intervention on Ericsson AB's local unit Ericsson Telecommunications Inc.'s unpaid service contracts, People's Journal reports. The contracts with 22 local service providers are related to Ericsson's project in the Philippines to establish a network for Bell Telecommunication Network and San Miguel Corp.

* Amnesty International and the Thai Netizen Network submitted a joint petition to Thailand's National Legislative Assembly calling for the current draft of the Computer Crime Act to be scrapped, Prachachat reports. The petition gained more than 300,000 signatures from web users who claim the act violates freedom of expression, and fear that it will be used to silence dissent and persecute opponents of Thailand's military junta.

* Singaporean telco infrastructure and fiber network provider NetLinkTrust is partnering with Amdocs, a U.S.-based software solutions and services provider, to deliver a business and operations support system in Singapore. It will fully automate NetLinkTrust's order management, service design and delivery processes, and service assurance.


* Australia's Federal Court ruled that more than 60 pirated content websites including Pirate Bay, Torrentz and TorrentHound will be blocked in the country, Reuters reports. Local telcos and internet service providers will redirect users trying to connect to a pirate site to a webpage created by movie studios, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

* New Zealand telco Spark is investigating whether its Xtra Mail users were affected by the 2013 Yahoo data breach that has just been revealed, the National Business Review reports. Yahoo currently hosts Xtra Mail, but Spark decided in September to end the partnership due to security issues and is in the process of moving the mail service to a local provider.

* SKY Network Television Ltd. cut its 2017 earnings guidance, citing rising content costs and falling revenue and subscribers, which caused its shares to go down by 8.3%. According to the New Zealand Herald, the Auckland-based pay TV company said its EBITDA for the year ending June 30, 2017, is expected to be 5% to 7% below the NZ$296 million forecast it made in June.


* Netflix Inc. signed a deal with Bollywood film superstar Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment to give its Indian and global subscribers exclusive subscription video-on-demand access to RCE films and any new films that will be released in Indian theaters within the next three years.

* Uber Technologies Inc. anticipates making a profit in India soon, according to CEO Travis Kalanick, Reuters said. The San Francisco-based ride hailing giant is fighting local rival Ola for dominance in the Indian market. Uber said it invested US$1 billion in India in 2015 but has not given an updated figure.


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Nozomi Ibayashi, Sunny Um, Frances Wang, Patrick Tibke and Kevin Osmond contributed to this report. The Daily Dose has an editorial deadline of 7 a.m. Hong Kong time. Some external links may require a subscription.