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Disney weighing Twitter bid; Senator asks FCC to probe Yahoo over cyberattack

TOP NEWS

* is among the companiesweighing a takeoverbid for Twitter Inc.,Bloomberg News reports,citing people with knowledge of the matter. According to the report, Disneyhired the services of a financial adviser to explore a potential deal, whileSalesforce.com has engaged Bank of America on the process.

* Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., asked the SEC to investigateYahoo! Inc. over acyberattack thataffected at least 500 million user accounts. In a to the agency, Warner said theinvestigation should seek to determine whether Yahoo made proper disclosure tothe public and its investors about the nature of the security breach in 2014 asrequired by the law.

Multichannel

* Liberman Broadcasting Inc., owner of Spanish-languagenetwork Estrella TV(US), is seeking the reconsideration by the FCC's Media Bureau ofits decision todismiss Liberman's carriage complaint against , Multichannel News reports,citing a petition. Arguing that the FCC erred in concluding that the company'sretrans issues with Comcast did not fall under program carriage as per theagency's rules, Liberman asked the FCC to vacate its earlier ruling and presentthe case before the FCC's administrative law judge.

Technology

* AlphabetInc. unit GoogleInc. is working to launch a new Pixel laptop in the third quarterof 2017 that will feature Google's combined Android/Chrome OS"Andromeda" operating system, Android Police reports,citing two sources familiar with the details. The laptop, currently calledBison, is reportedly an ultra-thin device with a 12.3-inch display.

* AppleInc. is gearing up to launch new apps for its that will allow users totrack sleep patterns and motion and heart rates, Bloomberg News reports,citing sources. The tech giant already has an app that measures heart rate, butit does not interpret that data.

Internet & OTT

* New YorkTimes Co. participated in a $500,000 funding round for newsletterstartup theSkimm, TechCrunch.com reports,citing an announcement by the startup. Other investors include Yannick Bolloré,CEO of ad giant Havas Group, strategic advisory firm MediaLink and actressMariska Hargitay.

* Amazon.comInc. placed an order for "Budding Prospect," amarijuana-themed show set in 1983 San Francisco, Deadline.com reports.The series, which will follow three city boys who move to the country to growmarijuana, will star Will Sasso as one of the lead actors.

The day ahead

Early morning futures indicators pointed to a higher openingfor the U.S. market.

In Asia, the Hang Seng rose 1.09% to 23,571.90, and theNikkei 225 was up 0.84% to 16,683.93.

In Europe as of midday, the FTSE 100 was down 1.59% to6,799.63, and the Euronext 100 dropped 2.34% to 869.66.

On the macro front

Redbook Index, S&P Case-Shiller HPI, the consumerconfidence report, the Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index and the State StreetInvestor Confidence Index are due out today.

Featured news

The Daily DoseEurope: News Corp. unit closes Wireless Group deal; VimpelCom plans to sellRussian assets: News Corp. U.K. & Ireland completed thetakeover of Wireless Group, which owns talkSPORT and Virgin Radio, whileVimpelCom is planningto sell up to 12,000 of its Russian towers to Russian Towers.

The Daily DoseAsia-Pacific: Amazon adapts 'Bachelor' for Japan; Didi funds Chinese bikeservice: Amazon is making a Japanese version of the U.S. datingreality show "The Bachelor" to stream on its Prime Video platform,while ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing is investing tens of millions ofdollars in the Chinese bicycle-sharing platform Ofo.

Q&A:Telemundo expecting huge multiplatform audience for presidentialdebate: Telemundo(US) news anchor José Díaz-Balart discussed the Spanish-languagenetwork's coverage plans for the Clinton-Trump debate and the role ofLatino-Americans in the 2016 election.

The Communicator:Grabbing the virtual MVPD bulls by the horns: Everyone agreesmillennials are significantly less likely to subscribe to a traditional cableor satellite service. But will over-the-top offerings like Sling bring theseviewers back into the pay TV fold?

The week inOTT: AT&T gearing up for DIRECTV NOW launch; Facebook, Twitter ink dealsfor election debate coverage: AT&T Inc. secured digital rights to 'schannels for its DIRECTV NOW and DIRECTV Freeview streaming services, while ABCNews joined forces with Facebook for live coverage of the 2016 general electiondebates.

M&AReplay: European deals through Sept. 23: Monster Worldwide, Vivendi, TelecomItalia: S&P Global Market Intelligence provides a wrap-up ofEuropean media and communications deal announcements, completions and updatesfrom Sept. 19 to Sept. 23.

M&AReplay: Facebook buys Nascent Objects; Google acquires AI platformAPI.AI: S&P Global Market Intelligence provides a wrap-up ofU.S. media and communications deal announcements and completions from Sept. 19to Sept. 23.

Featured research

Broadcast Investor: Databook: Radio/TV Station AnnualOutlook: While revenues for both TV and radio stations were downyear over year in 2015, 2016 is expected to show ad-revenue growth for the U.S.broadcast industry thanks to the re-emergence of political and Olympicsadvertising. For details, see our exclusive new report.

Economics ofInternet: State of Indian online video: Subscription: In India,widespread adoption of subscription VOD currently faces unique socioeconomicand infrastructure challenges.

Economics ofNetworks: Cable Program Investor: Table of contents for issue No.226, published September 2016.