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Kinnevik divests Rocket Internet stake; Mediaset Spain nets tennis FTA rights

TOP NEWS

* Swedish tech-focused investment group Kinnevik AB will divest all shares in Rocket Internet SE, Kinnevik said in a statement. Kinnevik will target its 10.9 million shares, equivalent to 6.6% of Rocket's issued share capital, at institutional investors.

* Mediaset SpA unit Mediaset España secured free-to-air rights to broadcast the final games of the Roland-Garros tennis tournament, Rapid TV News reports. Discovery's DMAX previously aired the tennis finals.

* Governments should step in to help streamline security standards for the internet of things, as escalating global cyber threats combined with the proliferation of connected devices could lead to serious security and safety hazards, a special adviser to IBM Corp. security has warned.

PAN-EUROPEAN

* Six technology, media and telecom industry groups are urging EU institutions to prioritize 5G development as part of European digital reforms. In a statement, the groups argued that the ongoing legislative discussions could result in a more timid approach to industry regulation and could complicate regulatory burdens on 5G deployment. The signatories to the statement include the European Coordination Committee of the Radiological, Electromedical and Healthcare IT Industry; Cable Europe; the Developers Alliance; DIGITALEUROPE; the European Telecommunications Network Operators Association; and GSMA Europe.

UK AND IRELAND

* British Broadcasting Corp. unit BBC Worldwide Ltd. struck a deal with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.-owned video streaming platform Youku that will see five of BBC Earth's Giant Screen films available on TV channels and mobile devices in China. According to Variety, "Earthflight," "Incredible Predators," "Tiny Giants," "Walking with Dinosaurs" and "Wild Africa" will be available on Youku's digital platforms in HD.

* Uber Technologies Inc. is using a loophole in European tax laws, allowing it to avoid paying a 20% value-added tax on its booking fees charged to its U.K. drivers, Reuters reports. The company confirmed that it does not pay taxes on U.K. drivers' fees, according to the report.

* Amazon.com Inc. original animated children's comedy series "Danger & Eggs" will debut June 30 on Prime Video in the U.K., according to a news release. The show, created by Mike Owens and Shadi Petosky, follows the adventures of a fearless girl called D.D. Danger, voiced by comedian Aidy Bryant, and her cautious best friend, a giant egg named Phillip, voiced by Eric Knobel.

* British Prime Minister Teresa May intends to seek agreements with foreign governments regarding cyberspace regulation, U.K.'s The Independent reports. The plan, which may push through if May wins, involves spying on people's online communications to prevent terror attacks.

GERMANY, SWITZERLAND AND AUSTRIA

* Axel Springer SE unit Media Impact has partnered with Tel Aviv-based video technology platform Vidazoo to help manage the company's video advertising business for digital publishers. Vidazoo provides a yield management platform which will be implemented across Media Impact's portfolio to optimise campaigns.

* German radio broadcaster Antenne Deutschland has been announced as the operator of the second national DAB+ platform in Germany, reports German news site Golem. Antenne Deutschland promised a timeline of nine months to create the second national DAB+ platform.

* Swiss media company NZZ-Mediengruppe head Veit Dengler is resigning due to differences in strategy with the company's board, the company announced. Interim CFO Jörg Schnyder will be taking over Dengler's position.

FRANCE

* France TV Publicité and Radio France Publicité have reinforced their partnership by developing complementary cross-media offerings for TV, radio and digital. The joint offers will kick off from June 19.

* The CSA, France's audiovisual regulator, has issued two sanctions against C8 for breaking privacy and indecency laws. The private national French TV channel owned by Canal Plus Group SA is prohibited from advertising during its program, "Touche pas à mon poste," as well as 15 minutes before and after, for a total of 3 weeks in June.

* The board of directors for Fondation Groupe France Télévisions has been reorganized, and now has three new directors representing France Télévisions and three for France Télévisions Publicité. A new vice president has also been appointed. The number of board members representing employees remains the same.

NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG

* Intelsat SA said that it opened a regional sales office in Nairobi, Kenya. The new office will enable the satellite operator to better answer the communications needs of telecom operators and media companies across the East Africa region.

* The Netherlands public broadcasting service NPO will shortly lower the salary threshold for its TV presenters, from the current annual €201,000 to €181,000, according to a press release. According to the NPO, which is funded by public money, its salaries should meet the changing expectations of society.

* The Galgenwaard Stadium, the base of the football club of Utrecht, has officially launched the stadium's upgraded infrastructure, which has been set up with free Wi-Fi from Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and Tele2 AB's Tele2 Netherlands, AD reports.

* Belgian provider Proximus will offer its customers free roaming in EU countries as well as in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, according to a press release. The launch of Proximus' roam-like-at-home offer is set to take effect on June 12.

NORDIC COUNTRIES

* Discovery Communications Inc.'s Discovery Networks will remain open to negotiations with Telia Co. AB, even after the deadline to reach a new carriage deal lapsed by midnight of June 7, reports Göteborgs Posten. Telia reportedly said the terms and costs in Discovery's renewal offer are overly demanding and unacceptable.

* Brightfolk A/S has bought a "strategic" equity holding in Swedish digital payments firm Klarna AB, according to a statement. Brightfolk is owned by Danish fashion retailing investor Anders Holch Povlsen, who also owns shares in e-retailers Zalando and Asos.

* Fingerprint Cards AB has finalized the acquisition of California-based Delta ID Inc., according to a statement. Fingerprint reached a preliminary agreement to buy iris recognition technology specialist Delta ID in February.

SOUTHERN EUROPE

* Spanish production company Star Planning tapped French video uplink systems provider Aviwest to provide support for the live streaming of reality TV show "Destino Santiago," aired over Galicia-based regional public broadcaster TVG, Rapid TV News reports.

* Spanish telecom regulator CNMC is seeking views from the public about plans to deregulate the submarine cable route connecting the Spanish peninsula and the Canary Islands, Telecompaper reports. Currently, Telefónica SA and alternative operator Canalink are the only telcos providing services via the cable route, according to the report.

EASTERN EUROPE

* Tele2 Russia and Russian fixed operator TransTeleCom teamed up to launch TTK Mobile, a mobile virtual network operator service, in the summer, according to a news release. TTK Mobile will be made available via Tele2 Russia's network.

* Orange SA unit Orange Polska SA enabled its customers to make payments using mobile payment service Android Pay, Telecompaper reports. Users who have an active debit or credit card from MasterCard will need to download and use the Orange Finance app to activate the payment function.

* Russian social network VKontakte launched mobile virtual network operator service VK Mobile in partnership with MegaFon, Telecompaper reports, citing Tdaily.ru. VK Mobile, which will be available in selected areas such as Moscow and St. Petersburg, is offering free calls between the MVNO's subscribers.

* The Polish Chamber of Electronic Communications, or PIKE, urged the Sejm, the lower house of the country's parliament, to scrap proposed amendments to the law on receiver license fees, Broadband TV News reports, citing Wirtualne Media. PIKE argued, among others, that state postal agency Polish Post is unprepared to take the proposed additional task of collecting the license fees from subscribers of cable and direct-to-home operators.

FEATURED NEWS

Apple working on AI chip; Alphabet's Waymo tests self-driving trucks: In this feature, S&P Global Market Intelligence presents a bi-weekly global roundup of the latest developments in technology.

FEATURED RESEARCH

Consumer Insights: OTT User Profile: United Kingdom: Online subscription video use is a common activity in the U.K. according to results from our online consumer survey where 61% of respondents indicated they used at least one of these services.

Global Multichannel: Global markets update - Brazil, Philippines, Italy, Ireland, Romania, Croatia: Kagan has published updated Global Multichannel & Broadband analysis for six markets.

Anne Freier, Amanda Kelly, Charlotte van Hek and Gerard O'Dwyer contributed to this report. The Daily Dose has an editorial deadline of 7 a.m. London time. Some external links may require a subscription.