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* Google LLC has bought 1,947 acres of land in Skien, Norway, reports. The purchase has resulted in growing expectations that the Alphabet Inc. unit will build one or more data centers in Norway to service the expanding needs of customers across Europe.

* Roskomnadzor has called on Google to halt advertising "illegal mass events" held in the country on YouTube, Reuters reports. The Russian regulator claimed that advertising tools were bought by some entities to spread information about the incident with the goal of disrupting the elections.

* Telefónica UK Ltd., or O2, has warned British telecom regulator Ofcom that the rules governing an upcoming 5G auction are unfairly tilted in favor of rival mobile operator Hutchison 3G UK Ltd., or Three, London's The Daily Telegraph reports. The Telefónica SA unit claimed Three could obstruct competing telcos from using bigger, contiguous blocks of mobile spectrum.


* International IT consultancy Avanade Inc. appointed Sebo Wijnberg as its new general manager for the Netherlands, Belgium and France. He will also be the country director for the Netherlands, Computable reports. Wijnberg joined Avanade about eight years ago and has held various positions in the company in recent years.


* Advertising giant WPP PLC said its process of offloading companies was "substantially complete," London's The Daily Telegraph reports, quoting CEO Mark Read. WPP is shifting its focus to "investment and acquisitions," in a bid to transform the business to cope with online giants such as Google and Facebook Inc.

* Planning officials have greenlit plans by Asian company K2 Data Centres to build two high-tech data center facilities in Ballycoolin, west Dublin, the Irish Independent reports. The planned facility has a total area of nearly 60,000 square meters.

* Ofcom has reappointed Iain Stephen Morrison to the board of MG ALBA, the body overseeing television content in Scotland. Morrison's fresh four-year term began Aug. 10.


* Tania Reichert-Facilides will assume the role of interim managing director at German film company Studio Hamburg Enterprises GmbH, a subsidiary of NDR Media GmbH, DWDL reports. She is taking over from Christian Rönsch.

* ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE's CFO Rainer Beaujean bought €1.5 million of company stock, Finanzen reports. Beaujean reportedly invested almost twice his net income as part of the transaction.

* Germany's Kommission für Zulassung und Aufsicht has criticized RTL II (DE) for violating advertising rights. The German commercial broadcaster's TV series "Die Geissens – Eine schrecklich glamouröse Familie" allegedly showed surreptitious advertising for the Roberto Geissini brand.


* Altice France SA entered into exclusive negotiations with Grand Lille TV shareholders Secom and Homedial to create two local news channels in the northern city of Lille. The Altice Europe unit could acquire a stake in Grand Lille TV through an indirect shareholding via a capital increase. The deal is expected to be completed in September.

* Altice Europe launched the Amplify connected speaker in the U.S. market, equipped with Inc.'s Alexa virtual assistant and French Devialet sound components, Le Figaro reports. The device is worth $399 for Altice subscribers and $499 for nonsubscribers.

* French media regulator Conseil Supérieur de l'Audiovisuel concluded an agreement with Média Puissance Group for the launch of Puissance Télévision, a local current affairs TV channel in the Meuse, Marne and Haute-Marne regions, Satellifax reports.


* Mobile virtual network operator Youfone Nederland BV has relaunched Youfone Zakelijk, its SIM-only plans for the business market, Telecompaper reports. Prices for the package start at €8 per month for 300 minutes and 1 GB, which customers will get via KPN NV's network.


* Tecnotree Oyj said its order intake almost doubled to €21 million in the second quarter of 2019. The increase was largely driven by a deal on digital transformation of business support systems secured from a Middle East operator in the said period.

* IT company Enfo Oyj has named Mari Orttenvuori as its new CFO, effective in September, replacing Christian Homén. Orttenvuori was hired from M-Brain Oy, where she was CFO of global financial operations.

* TagMaster AB has appointed Peter Almgren as its new marketing director. Almgren will lead TagMaster's group marketing activities with a special focus on using digital marketing to enhance the company's advanced sensor systems business.

* Metro, a free newspaper said to have the largest circulation across Sweden, ceased production Aug. 9, Dagens Industri reports. The newspaper's publisher had reportedly been losing money for several years.


* Telecom Italia SpA is allocating about €200 million to add four Sky Italia SRL channels to its TIMvision video-on-demand service, Telecompaper reports, citing La Stampa. Sources said the deal between TIM and the Sky Ltd. unit will run until 2021.

* Vodafone España SAU has brought together access to streaming platforms such as HBO, Amazon's Prime Video and Netflix Inc. under one package, Advanced Television reports. The offering costs €74.99 a month for subscribers who sign up between Aug. 12 and Sept. 30.


* Ukraine's National Council has added's Megogo Live to the foreign channels that can broadcast content in the country, Broadband TV News reports. Similarly, Latvia's National Council of Electronic Media has also awarded a broadcasting license to Megogo Live, valid until May 15, 2029.

* Igor Sarbu has been appointed interim CEO of Moldovan operator Moldtelecom S.A., Telecompaper reports. Sarbu is replacing Dan Mitriuc who has stepped down.


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

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