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US open on tax talks with Europe; Instagram complies with German rules


* The U.S. government has reportedly changed its stance on participating in talks surrounding European plans to collect taxes from tech giants, including Alphabet Inc.'s Google Inc., Apple Inc., Facebook Inc. and Inc., according to European officials, Agence France-Presse reports. The European Commission is slated to present proposals for taxing large tech companies next year. In the interim, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development plans to harmonize various governments' tax proposals to ease the harm they could cause to companies' financial positions and will present the G20 finance ministers with a report on the subject in April 2018.

* Facebook's Instagram Inc. has bowed to pressure from German consumer rights groups and will update its terms of use in the country to be in line with German laws, reports Handelsblatt. Specifically, the changes will affect 18 points of the company's terms of use.

* Uber Technologies Inc. has filed an appeal against Transport for London's non-issuance of a license renewal to the car-hailing company, Reuters reports. The hearing is expected to take place Dec. 11, according to the report, citing a spokesman at Britain's Judicial Office.


* Top officials from the U.S. and U.K. are in talks to address existing concerns on online security amid increasing criminal activity on the internet, Reuters reports. Rosenstein said that the U.S. is discussing challenges with its foreign partners and is considering adding regulation to balance measures to fight criminal activities and maintaining privacy.

* Sky plc is set to launch its home entertainment service Sky Q in Italy before Dec. 25 and in Germany and Austria during the first half of 2018, Digital TV Europe reports, citing an announcement during the company's recent earnings call. The British pay TV company also plans to launch its Soundbox speaker in the U.K. in November.


* About 75% of the programs hours on the British Broadcasting Corp.'s most popular channels must be original U.K. shows, according to a mandate by British regulator Ofcom. Radio 1 and Radio 2 is expected to play more music from U.K. artists, and CBBC and CBeebies are expected to show at least 400 and 100 hours, respectively, of U.K.-commissioned programs annually. The BBC is anticipated to adhere to the new ruling beginning 2018.

* Amazon announced plans to open a new fulfillment center in northwest England, which will create 1,200 full-time permanent jobs as the online retail giant seeks to expand its U.K. network to meet increasing customer demand. The new center in Bolton will be Amazon's third in the region, and it will be equipped with robotic technology. Amazon will begin recruiting workers in 2018.

* ViaSat Inc. intends to file a lawsuit against Ofcom for allowing its rival Inmarsat plc to use its mobile phone services license to provide broadband network services in-flight, The Financial Times reports. Viasat contends that Inmarsat's action is a "blatant misuse of spectrum."


* Live-streaming TV service provider Zattoo Europa, which already caters to the German, Swiss, Danish and Spanish markets, has confirmed an expansion to launch its services in the U.S., reports DWDL. The company entered a partnership with telecommunications firm Hotwire Communications Ltd. to push the expansion.


* Eutelsat Communications SA announced that it has acquired Middle eastern satellite services provider Noorsat from Orbit Holding Group for about $75 million. Noorsat has been providing services for more than 300 TV channels from Middle East and North Africa.

* Bouygues Telecom SA and TDF have signed a nationwide framework contract enabling Bouygues to market its offers on all fiber-optic networks operated by the French fiber infrastructure operator. The agreement will focus on fiber-to-the-home very-high-speed offers in low-density areas to help Bouygues Telecom reach its 20 million outlet target by 2022.

* France Télévisions SA programming could be disrupted on Oct. 17 due to strike action to protest a decrease in the public broadcaster's budget, reports CB News. The CGT, CFDT-Médias and FO trade unions are calling on staff to stop working to mark the opening of the National Assembly debate on the 2018 Finance Law.


* Microsoft Corp.s Windows 10 Home and Pro operating systems use illegal personal data gathering techniques, the Dutch Data Protection Authority concludes. The DPA states that Microsoft does not clearly inform users on the purposes for which the data is needed and that users are not explicitly asked for approval. Microsoft has responded with plans to make adjustments.

* The petition for an advisory referendum on the new Dutch "tap-law," which will make it easier for security services to tap digital communications, has accumulated 407,582 signatures, which is more than the 300,000 required. reports that the Electoral Council will announce details of the referendum on Nov. 1.


* A battle for control of Ericsson AB has begun between Investor AB and Cevian Capital, reports Dagens Industri. The Wallenberg family-aligned Investor accelerated share-buying in Ericsson in the third quarter. It now owns more shares in Ericsson than Cevian.

* Swedens Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation is linking Google's land purchase in Avesta to a major future investment in data centers, reports Digital Di. Google bought about 109 hectares of forest land in Avesta county for an undisclosed price.

* Norway's Ministry of Culture is close to a new broadcasting agreement with TV2, wrote Dagens Næringsliv. The deal is expected to offer commercial station TV2 135 million Norwegian kroner per year for five years as compensation for its public broadcasting content.

* Danish cable-TV and broadband operators Stofa A/S, Waoo A/S and TDC A/S' YouSee A/S are scaling up investments to develop streaming technologies, reports MediaWatch.


* Altice NV has observed an "undue and unfounded" pressure from its rivals to Portugese regulators that are set to rule on its planned acquisition of Media Capital, Reuters reports. Altice's rivals, such as NOS and Vodafone Group Plc's Vodafone Portugal had sought to block the deal due to competition and media plurality concerns.

* Italian regulator Agcom is exploring the possibility of forcing Telecom Italia SpA to bring its fixed-line network into a separate company to address competition concerns, Reuters reports, citing sources. The network, which is valued at about €15 billion, is a strategic asset for the company, according to a spokesman of the company. In addition, Italy's Cabinet also plans to discuss the use of its golden power over Telecom Italia's ownership of its unit Sparkle, Reuters reports, citing a source from the government.


* Romania's Competition Council has given a green light on Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.'s planned takeover of UPC Romania, Romania Insider reports. Huawei will get the services of the Liberty Global plc unit's employees and utilize its assets for the maintenance service of fixed communications networks.

* Russia's Mobile TeleSystems PJSC is eyeing to launch Ultra HD pay-TV services by the end of the year, Telecompaper reports, citing The service will be available to the operator's mobile TV services users, as well as to IPTV services subscribers.

* Telekom Slovenije's board extended the mandate of IPKO Telecommunications LLC CEO Robert Erzin until 2022, citing the growth of the company under his leadership, Telecompaper reports. Erzin has been Ipko's CEO since 2011.


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Anne Freier, Amanda Kelly, Koen Pijnappels 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.