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Apple, Dialog Semiconductor sign $600M deal; Nasdaq approves Com Hem's delisting

TOP NEWS

* Apple Inc. struck a $600 million deal with U.K. chipmaker Dialog Semiconductor PLC to secure licenses for power management technologies, as well as acquire some of the latter's assets and more than 300 employees. Under the agreement, the U.S. tech giant agreed to pay $300 million in cash and prepay another $300 million for Dialog supplying its chips over the next three years.

* In relation to its merger with Tele2 AB, Com Hem said Nasdaq Stockholm has approved its application to delist from the Swedish stock exchange as of Nov. 1.

PAN-EUROPEAN

* A+E Networks promoted Heather Jones to the role of senior vice president of content and creative for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, TBI Vision reports. Jones is currently general manager for the company's British unit. A+E Networks is a joint venture between Walt Disney Co.'s Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corp.

UK AND IRELAND

* Freesat has included Sony Movie Channel (US) in its linear lineup. It is available for free on the U.K. broadcaster's channel 302.

* Representatives from Ofcom, the U.K. watchdog responsible for telecoms, broadcast TV and radio regulation, and the Competition and Markets Authority urged the government to fill gaps in regulation for internet companies. The regulators said at a House of Lords Communications Committee that in light of concerns regarding fake news and online extremism, U.K. legislators can do more to rein in big companies that provide internet-based services.

* Will Sawyer has stepped in as CFO of Zinc Media Group PLC, the U.K.-based content producer said. Sawyer, who will also sit on the company's board, was most recently finance director at ITN Productions.

* Scottish broadcaster STV Group PLC appointed new executives for its news division, effective Nov. 1. Steven Ladurantaye has been named head of news and current affairs, Linda Grimes will serve as editor of broadcast output and David Milne will become editor of digital output. STV News, which is selecting a new editor of originations, will also have an editorial board that will be chaired by anchor John MacKay.

* Private equity firm Panoramic Growth Equity (Fund Management) LLP said it sold Edesix Ltd., a U.K.-based maker of body-worn video camera hardware and software, to Vigilant Solutions Inc. for an undisclosed amount. Richie McBride will remain CEO of Edesix.

GERMANY, SWITZERLAND AND AUSTRIA

* Deutsche Telekom AG CEO Timotheus Hoettges said the company plans to begin commercial 5G operations in Germany in 2020, with about 22,000 of the 27,000 mobile sites now 5G-ready. The company also intends to continue investing about €5.5 billion yearly on broadband build-out in Germany.

* Luxembourg-based M7 Group SA named Marco Hellberg as head of channel management for its German operations, Broadband TV News reports, citing a statement. Hellberg was most recently senior project manager at Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland GmbH's strategic corporate development department.

* Sky PLC unit Sky Deutschland GmbH has expanded its partnership with Augusta National Golf Club for live Masters broadcast rights.

FRANCE

* Paris-based media and advertising research company Ipsos announced that it closed its acquisition of four global divisions of German market research institute GfK Group for an enterprise value of €105 million. The former GfK customer experience, experience innovation, health and public affairs division will be included in Ipsos' consolidated accounts starting Oct. 1.

* Altice Europe unit Altice France SA purchased local Lyon channel TLM for an undisclosed amount, with the aim to create a news channel to be named BFM Lyon or BFM Lyon Métropole. The transaction is subject to approval by media regulator Conseil Supérieur de l'Audiovisuel and should be completed by the end of 2018.

* Sébastien Soriano, president of telecom regulator ARCEP, told competition authority l'Autorité de la Concurrence of concerns about the absence of rules on connected speakers such as Amazon.com Inc.'s Alexa, Alphabet Inc.'s Google Home, Apple Inc.'s Homepod or Facebook Inc.'s Portal. ARCEP proposes to extend its scope to include these new terminals and the artificial intelligence service they may include, Le Figaro reports.

* TF1 Group finalized the acquisition of 100% of health and wellbeing online platform Doctissimo SAS from Lagardère SCA for an undisclosed amount. The company said Doctissimo attracted an audience of 12 million unique visitors in 2017 through its websites in France, Italy and Spain, plus its forums and applications.

* Altice's founder and majority shareholder Patrick Drahi said SFR Group SA has regained in 10 months the subscribers it had lost in the past three years, Les Echos reports. According to estimates, about 2.5 million subscribers had left SFR but Drahi said the figure was less than 1 million.

NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG

* JPMorgan Chase & Co. does not believe a fourth telecom provider will enter the Belgian market when a new mobile license is auctioned next year, echoing the sentiments of other financial institutions, reports De Tijd. The Belgian government will hold the auction hoping to increase competition on the telecom market, but according to JPMorgan and other voices, the costs and efforts will outweigh the profits.

* U.S. media company Advance Publications Inc., owned by Conde Nast Publications, has taken a majority stake in Amsterdam-based Newzoo, a company offering market intelligence for games, e-sports and mobile, writes Emerce. According to Newzoo, it will seek to broaden its growth prospects via the joining. No financial details were disclosed.

* NLziet, the joint streaming service of broadcasters NPO, RTL Group and Talpa Holding NV's Talpa TV, has extended its offering of live and on-demand channels, reports TotaalTV. The added channels are RTL Crime, RTL Lounge, RTL Telekids and TV538.

NORDIC COUNTRIES

* Google LLC has launched three new devices using biometric sensors supplied by Fingerprint Cards AB. Google's Pixel Slate is equipped with FPC's FPC1145 sensor, while Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones contain the FPC1075 sensor.

* Tecnotree Oyj has begun cost-reduction talks with employees and unions. The digital solutions firm is looking to reduce its operating cost base by about €7 million in 2019. The company wants to shed around 30 employees as part of the cost-reduction process.

* Vencap Zenith AB has increased its holding in Truecaller AB to 5%, writes Digital Di. Mobile app developer Truecaller has a market value of about 6.8 billion Swedish kronor.

SOUTHERN EUROPE

* Swisscom AG unit Fastweb SpA named Walter Renna operating officer, Telecompaper reports. Renna, who has been with Fastweb since 2008, is credited for helping the Italian operator in setting up the Flash Fiber joint venture with Telecom Italia SpA.

* Italian telco Wind Tre SpA has teamed up with Enel SpA's Enel Open Fiber SPA to launch ultrafast fiber broadband in Beinasco, Moncalieri and Nichelino towns, all near Turin. Residents will have internet access speeds of up to 1 Gbps.

* The Italian government has earmarked an additional €8 million for the second phase of the Wi-Fi Italia hotspot project, which involves deploying Wi-Fi hotspots in almost 3,500 localities, Telecompaper reports.

EASTERN EUROPE

* Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has declared that Telekom Albania sha will not be sold to a Serbian company, despite an interest from Telekom Srbija ad Beograd, Broadband TV News reports, citing B92 and local media. Telekom Srbija reportedly offered €60 million for the Albanian operator.

* Polish broadcaster TVN SA has begun producing content for Discovery Inc.'s U.S. channels, Broadband TV News reports. TVN was part of Scripps Networks Interactive Inc., which combined with Discovery in March under a $14.6 billion deal.

* Russian cable operator Almatel TV added new services from over-the-top platforms Megogo.net and Amediateka to its offering, Telecompaper reports.

* Telenor ASA unit Telenor Hungary has joined other industry players in forming the Artificial Intelligence Coalition, a group initiated by the country's Ministry for Innovation Technology. The coalition seeks to help develop Hungary's artificial intelligence strategy with the help of developers and users.

* Hungarian cybersecurity companies Balasys It Kft. and Cyber Services have agreed to join the Cybersecurity Tech Accord, the Budapest Business Journal reports. Microsoft Corp., Dell Inc., Oracle Corp. and SAP SE are also part of the alliance, which seeks to help improve cybersecurity and provide protection for consumers online.

* Polish direct-to-home platform Cyfrowy Polsat SA is launching Polsat Games, an e-sports and computer games-themed channel, on Oct. 15, Telecompaper reports. Content from Polsat Games will also be accessible via over-the-top platform Ipla, YouTube and Amazon's Twitch.

FEATURED NEWS

Data privacy advocates defend EU, Calif. laws, say not antibusiness: Data privacy advocates from California and the European Union on Oct. 10 defended new legislation designed to protect consumer data in those jurisdictions against critiques that the laws are harmful to technology companies.

FEATURED RESEARCH

Multichannel Trends: Verizon's 5G Home broadband priced competitively in launch markets: Verizon's 5G Home cuts a new path for fixed wireless by offering urban neighborhoods typical network speeds of around 300 Mbps with no data caps.

Anne Freier, Sylvia Edwards Davis, Charlotte van Hek and Gerard O'Dwyer contributed to this report.

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