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Salesforce.com to seek probe into Microsoft/LinkedIn deal; FCC postpones set-top box vote

Cable Net Valuation Benchmarks Hit Recent Low In CBS-Viacom Deal

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Salesforce.com to seek probe into Microsoft/LinkedIn deal; FCC postpones set-top box vote

TOP NEWS

* Salesforce.comInc. plans to ask U.S. and European regulators to probe 's of alleging that LinkedIn'sdataset covering 450 million professionals gives Microsoft an unfaircompetitive advantage. In response, Microsoft said that LinkedIn's data willhelp Microsoft better compete with Salesforce.com in the customer relationshipmanagement market and the deal has already been cleared to close in the U.S.,Canada and Brazil, Bloomberg News reports.

* The FCC postponed vote on Chairman Tom Wheeler's set-topbox proposal shortlybefore the Sept. 29 open meeting. The FCC said the item "remains oncirculation," meaning that a vote could happen some time in the nearfuture, according to a newsrelease.

* AlphabetInc.'s Google Inc.rebranded its Google for Work cloud platform to Google Cloud, which nowencompasses all the company's cloud technologies as well as products thataccess the cloud, according to an official blogpost. Moreover, the Internet giant renamed its Google Apps for Work to GSuite, which includes apps including Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar and Hangouts.

Technology

* Google expanded its Waze ride-sharing service's pilotprogram to San Francisco, The Wall StreetJournal reports.Smartphone users in the city can download the Waze Rider mobile app to requestrides to and from work from drivers using Google's Waze navigation app.

* Apple Inc.is looking to tap Japanese electronics giant Sharp Corp. as the provider oforganic LED displays for the iPhone maker's next-generation of devices,Bloomberg News reports,citing a person familiar with the matter. An agreement between the two partieswould depend on Sharp's output capacity, the source reportedly said.

* Microsoft has created a group dedicated to artificialintelligence called Microsoft AI and Research Group, which will bring togetherthe software giant's research organization and more than 5,000 computerscientists and engineers to work on the company's AI product efforts, accordingto a news release.The Microsoft AI and Research Group will also include several other engineeringteams, including Information Platform, Cortana and Bing, and Ambient Computingand Robotics teams.

Internet & OTT

* Video streaming service VRV, which offers videos from webchannels Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth and Cartoon Hangover, is addingCollegeHumor, Funimation and Machinima to its programmer lineup, Bloomberg Newsreports.VRV, which is set to debut later this year as a paid service, is being backedby Otter Media, a joint venture between AT&T Inc. and The Chernin Group.

* Time WarnerInc.'s HBO and Cinemax are now available on Sony Corp.'s PlayStation Vue service, according to anofficial blogpost. Moreover, Sony launched a new "Ultra" plan for the service,which includes HBO, Showtime and all the 100+ channels from the "Elite"plan, for $64.99 or $74.99 per month depending on location.

Multichannel

* AT&T and the Communications Workers of America reachedtentative deals covering more than 2,000 DIRECTV field services employees inthree U.S. regions. The regional agreements cover about 200 employees in twostates in the Midwest region, 1,050 workers across eight states in theSoutheast, and 900 in five states in the Southwest, according to a .

The day ahead

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

In Asia, the Hang Seng dropped 1.86% 23,297.15, and theNikkei 225 declined 1.46% 16,449.84.

In Europe as of midday, the FTSE 100 had fallen 1.03% to6,848.45, and the Euronext 100 had fallen 1.28% to 868.73.

On the macro front

The personal income and outlays report, the Chicago PMIreport, the consumer sentiment report and the Baker-Hughes Rig Count report aredue out today.

Featured news

The Daily DoseAsia-Pacific: Google brings Play Music to India; Spotify starts streaming inJapan: Google's Play Music platform launches in India but withoutthe subscription service, while music-streaming service Spotify debuted inJapan on an invite-only basis ahead of a nationwide rollout.

Data Dispatch:Viacom and CBS: 2 could become 1 … again: CEO Les Moonves recentlylaughed off speculation that a merger with Viacom Inc. might be in the works. But that was beforethe Redstones got involved.

Data Dispatch:Thinking outside the box office: Weirdos win as Wahlberg digs deep:A tale of extraordinary children should take the lead at the box office amid asleepy fall season.

FCC wants toshield independent nets from 'unfair' contract clauses: The FCC islooking for ways to make negotiations between big pay TV providers and smallernetwork owners a little easier.

ConferenceChatter: Crackle's attempts to pop in crowded streaming space: Whilecontent choices continue to proliferate across multiple platforms, Sony's freestreaming service Crackle is carving out a place for itself.

ConferenceChatter: VR tech: A day for a Daydream: Panelists at the recentHolographic Summit in London seemed hopeful about new mobile technology fromGoogle and its ability to spur VR adoption.

Hires andFires: US Media & Comm management moves through Sept. 28:Google, Apple, Viacom: S&P Global Market Intelligence presents a weeklyrundown of executive changes in the media and communications industries.

ConferenceChatter: Turner exec says eSports 'brought a lot of new viewers to TV':After reaching a number of goals during its inaugural season with ELEAGUE,Turner Broadcasting and WME/IMG are revamping the circuit's sophomore campaignto enhance interest in the eSports organization.

ConferenceChatter: Debating the health of the theater business: During atwo-day industry conference, Tinseltown professionals assessed the health ofthe movie-theater business, with bears citing low admissions and the need foralternative windowing.

The Daily DoseEurope: Spotify in talks to buy SoundCloud; HBO Nederland to cease ops:Spotify is in advanced negotiations to acquire Berlin-based SoundCloud, whileHBO Nederland will shutter its service on Dec. 31.

Featured research

BroadcastInvestor: Broadcast Investor: Table of contents for issue No. 613,published September 2016.

Economics ofNetworks: CBS + Viacom: Reunited will it feel so good?: The cablenetwork M&A market has been deathly quiet. Although that may be about tochange following National Amusements' Sept. 29 announcement that it favorsmerging Viacom back into CBS.

Economics ofInternet: US social ad revenues keep climbing in Q2: Very strong adrevenue growth from Facebook Inc.helped push U.S. ad revenues higher at publicly traded social platforms in thesecond quarter, with the sector seeing big gains each quarter stretching backseveral years.

Economics ofInternet: DAZN and the future of sports content consumption: Theover-the-top market continues to expand with some recent debuts focusing onsports, content often ignored by some of the most popular subscriptionvideo-on-demand services.

Economics ofNetworks: Programmers look to VSPs to mitigate sub losses: Cable TVprogrammers are hoping that the growth of virtual service providers, or VSPs,will help counteract losses caused by the contraction in video subscribers atthe major operators.

MultichannelTrends: AT&T extends lead in 1 Gbps deployments: Multichannelproviders, led by AT&T, expanded 1 Gbps availability over the past year;their offerings, however, remain far shy of being universally available.