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* EU member states cannot force telcos and internet firms to store collected data, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled. The case stems from complaints by Tele2 Sweden against the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority, and from a group led by Tom Watson against the U.K. Secretary of State for the Home Department.

* Nokia Corp. is suing Apple Inc. in Germany and the U.S., alleging that Apple products infringe on a number of Nokia patents, Nokia said in a statement. Legal actions were filed on 32 patent infringement claims with regional courts in Dusseldorf, Mannheim and Munich, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.


* British firms face fines of up to £17 million in case of noncompliance with a new EU law on cybersecurity, London's The Daily Telegraph reports. Despite voting to leave the EU, the U.K. government reportedly said it will adopt the general data protection regulation, which obliges companies to publicly report data breaches. The law is due to take effect in 2018.

* British Telecom lost its appeal against U.K. telecom watchdog Ofcom regarding the latter's decision to lift strict pricing regulations on Sky plc in 2015, London's Financial Times reports. The U.K.'s Competition Appeals Tribunal rejected BT's position that Ofcom overstepped its jurisdiction, and that Sky is a "virtually unregulated monopolist."

* The U.K. government is planning tighter rules on drone operations, following concerns over possible collisions with passenger planes, among other scenarios, Reuters reports. Among new measures to be proposed reportedly include compulsory safety tests, obligatory registration of new drones and a possible criminal offense for steering drones over "no-fly zones."


* The Federal Cartel Office in Germany closed a case involving Deutsche Funkturm, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG that operates and markets locations for antenna supports, after it changed its pricing model, according to a public filing. It had earlier decided that Deutsche Funkturm had a market-dominant position and that its pricing model would put smaller providers at a disadvantage.

* Sky, Eurosport and DAZN were awarded the rights to broadcast the Bundesliga in Austria and Switzerland, including Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and South Tyrol, by DFL Sports Enterprises, Infosat reports. It includes rights for four seasons starting in 2017-18.

* Hamburg-based publishing company Gruner + Jahr plans to move from Baumwall into a new complex in Hafencity in 2021, Hamburger Abendblatt reports. The 15,200-square-meter project, construction of which is scheduled for 2018, will include an exhibition area and social housing. No purchase price was disclosed.

* Inc. warehouse workers in Germany, the online retailer's largest market after the U.S., were called upon by labor union Verdi to strike until Dec. 24, Reuters reports. Since 2013, the union has repeatedly organized strikes and pressed for warehouse workers' pay to be raised to meet collective bargaining agreements in Germany's mail-order and retail industry.

* Data protectionists are pressing for changes in German law that oblige telecommunication companies to store data for up to 10 weeks, dpa reports. This follows the European Court of Justice's ruling that comprehensive and undifferentiated storage of telecommunication and internet data is not compatible with EU law.


* According to Les Echos, Orange SA, Iliad's Free and Bouygues Telecom may claim damages after Altice NV was fined €80 million for taking control of SFR and Virgin Mobile before being authorized to do so in 2014.

* A law was made official that bans advertising in children's programs broadcast on France Télévisions SA as of 2018, CB News reports. France Télévisions estimates the shortfall associated with this measure will be between €15 million and €20 million, and French associations for authors and animators also expressed concern over a possible cut in funding to the sector as a result.

* French telecom Orange announced it has signed a renewal of its syndicated credit facility with 24 international banks. The new multicurrency €6 billion syndicated revolving facility was renewed in order to refinance in advance of previous syndicated loans expiring in January 2018.

* With the launch of a new channel, INA Les Recettes Vintage, France's Institut National de l'Audiovisuel continues to develop content on YouTube, Satellifax reports. The site, which is available free of charge with ads for each video, features more than 100 recipes presented by famous chefs highlighting French cuisine.

* SFR announced that "Sirenes," an original series developed at Altice Studios and produced by HOT, is now available on SFR Play. The 10 episodes are available in VOST and VF.


* Twitter Inc. confirmed rumors that its Amsterdam office will be closed to save costs, NOS reports. The social media giant will reportedly outsource its ad sales in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg to Dutch media company BrandDeli.

* KPN NV and ICT partnership organization SURF signed an agreement to partner on providing Infrastructure-as-a-Service to education and research institutions in the Netherlands. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.

* KPN customers will no longer be able to view HBO films and series that they recorded from the linear channels as of Jan. 1, 2017, TotaalTV reports. This is due to HBO broadcasting rights, which will be transferred to Liberty Global plc's Ziggo N.V. at the start of 2017.

* Dutch Minister of Security and Justice Ard van der Steur said new rules on advertising in online vlogs are unnecessary, Tweakers reports. This came in response to a request to block ads in videos posted by vloggers that regularly air seditious or illegal content.


* The outlook for Ericsson AB's stock price improved since it held its Capital Markets Day in mid-November, Dagens Industri reports. Recovering confidence by the markets saw Ericsson's share value rise by 27% since mid-November. Ericsson is expected to pay out a dividend of 1.80 Swedish kronor per share for 2016.

* Ericsson denied media reports that it plans to lay off 1,000 employees in Italy, Svenska Dagbladet writes. Ericsson confirmed the company is in the process of restructuring its business operations in Italy, but said it would affect a "maximum" of 322 employees. Talks with Italian unions are due to continue into 2017.

* Finland is behind the Arctic Connect project to build a subsea fiber-optic cable via the Bering Strait between Asia and Europe, Dagens Industri writes. The plan would make Norway's Arctic town of Kirkenes a connecting hub. The cable would greatly speed up data telecommunications between Europe and Asia over a shorter route.

* Sweden's Patent and Market Court fined Telia Co. AB and city of Gothenburg-owned Gothnet 8 million Swedish kronor for breaching competition rules, Göteborgs Posten reports. The Competition Authority had accused Telia and Gothnet of forming a bid-rigging cartel prior to a public procurement run by Gothenburg in 2009.

* Telenor ASA's Corporate Assembly is to set to examine events of recent weeks that highlighted a public rift between group CEO and board chairwoman Gunn Wærsted, reports. The Corporate Assembly is reportedly angered by the developments but opposed to advocating changes to Telenor's board.


* Italian communications regulator AGCOM launched a probe into Vivendi SA's recent stake-building in Mediaset SpA, Reuters reports. AGCOM is reportedly looking into Vivendi's move in relation to Italian antitrust rules that prevent companies from taking a large share of the local telecom and media sectors.

* Vivendi CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine will meet with Italian markets regulator CONSOB on Dec. 23 to discuss complaints over the company's stake-building in Mediaset, Reuters reports, citing two sources close to the matter. CONSOB could also reportedly hold meetings with representatives from Mediaset and its largest shareholder, Fininvest SpA.

* Italian public broadcaster RAI made its over-the-top service RaiPlay available on smart TVs, Advanced Television reports. Viewers will be able to access content from various RAI channels via the RaiPlay platform.

* Telecom Italia SpA said it is conducting field tests of Virtual Radio Access Network technology in partnership with network startup Altiostar. The tests are part of the telco's efforts to prepare its network for the introduction of 5G.

* Telefónica S.A. earmarked investments of €49.4 million over a five-year period for the deployment of fiber-optic cables in Spain's Aragon region, Telecompaper reports.


* Orange Polska SA named Mariusz Gaca and Bozena Lesniewska as deputy CEOs in charge of the consumer market and the business market, respectively, Telecompaper reports. The appointments are part of an organizational revamp at the Orange SA unit.

* Cyfrowy Polsat SA made the app for its internet TV service Ipla available to users of devices running on the Android TV operating system, Telecompaper reports.

* Akado Telecom is eyeing the launch of services for the financial sector via its FinCert offer in the first half of 2017, Telecompaper reports, citing The Russian operator also plans to provide cloud and security services for the B2B and B2G sectors.


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Amanda Kelly, Stefanie Eschenbacher, 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.