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Amazon may pay back taxes to US; Russia-linked ads found on Google's platforms

Southeast Asian broadband providers report varying performance amid COVID-19

Cable networks react to pandemic by cutting SG&A, programming costs

Strong Competition Remains For Thailand Digital Terrestrial TV Channel

ITU: Regulators discuss impacts of COVID-19 on policymaking


Amazon may pay back taxes to US; Russia-linked ads found on Google's platforms

TOP NEWS

* Amazon.com Inc. might have to pay back taxes to the U.S. in the wake of the EU's own call for roughly €250 million in unpaid taxes, London's Financial Times reports. Citing unnamed EU officials, the FT reported that half of the profits in a holding company operated by Amazon in Luxembourg, totaling about €1 billion, could be taxable in the U.S.

* A probe by Alphabet Inc. unit Google Inc. has found that Russian operatives placed ads on its YouTube, Gmail and Google Search platforms in a bid to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Reuters reports, citing a person briefed on the probe. Meanwhile, Microsoft Corp. reportedly said it was also investigating whether there were Russian-backed U.S. election ads placed on its platforms, including the Bing search engine.Telecom Italia Media SpA

PAN-EUROPEAN

* In a filing with the European Commission, Qualcomm Inc. has proposed concessions in relation to EU's antitrust review of the chipmaker's $38 billion bid for NXP Semiconductors NV, Reuters reports. The EU antitrust regulator has suspended its decision for the second time as it awaits data from the U.S. company

UK AND IRELAND

* The European competition authorities requested the British government to defend itself over claims of illegal state aid to British Telecom, U.K.'s The Daily Telegraph reports. The government has been requested to explain its tax treatment to the telecom operator's infrastructure.

* BBC Worldwide Ltd. has cut a deal with TRX, an online content rights distribution platform, to list its catalogue of about 9,500 titles on the platform, according to a news release. The British Broadcasting Corp. unit's partnership with TRX has been announced alongside the startup's launch.

GERMANY, SWITZERLAND AND AUSTRIA

* Sporttotal AG's live streaming platform sporttotal.tv announced plans to expand into Austria. As such, the company will be testing the automated broadcast of amateur games via sporttotal.tv as well as Austrian football platform Fussballoesterreich.at in cooperation with the Österreichischen Fussball-Bund.

* German video-on-demand service provider Pantaflix AG announced the launch of a Chinese version of its service in line with the company's global expansion plans. Mandarin is the sixth language the company added, following German, English, French, Turkish and Polish.

* Deutsche Telekom AG appointed Adel Al-Saleh as new management board member and CEO of T-Systems International GmbH. Al-Saleh succeeds Reinhard Clemens, who will leave the company by year-end.

FRANCE

* SFR Group SA shares have been delisted from Euronext Paris. Parent company Altice NV announced that the squeeze-out of SFR Group shares not held by the Altice group took place Oct. 9, pursuant to French markets regulator AMF's timetable.

* Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook, on his way to visit President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, made a surprise visit to engineering company ELDIM SA in Calvados, in northwestern France, Les Echos reports. ELDIM has been collaborating with Apple for more than 10 years, notably on Face ID for the new iPhone X and on biometrics technology.

NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG

* Ericsson ABEricsson AB and VodafoneZiggo have extended their partnership on 5G technology until the end of 2020. The companies are working together to increase the capacity of Vodafone Group Plc's network in the Netherlands by increasing the potential of Ericsson's 5G-ready radio equipment.

* Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. has appointed Steven Cai CEO of Huawei Netherlands, reports Computable. Cai, who was previously head of human resources at Huawei, will replace Wonder Wang.

NORDIC COUNTRIES

* Ronnie Leten has been nominated as the new chairman of the board of Ericsson, according to a press release. The Swedish company's nomination committee has also proposed that Kurt Jofs become a new member of the board. Meanwhile, Kristin Skogen Lund has notified the nomination committee that she will not be available for reelection.

* Uber Technologies Inc. is putting its Uber Pop service in Norway on indefinite hold. Uber Norway had previously said that it might close down its service until it can be covered under Norwegian transport regulations.

SOUTHERN EUROPE

* Equinix Inc. said that it bought the Zenium data center business in Istanbul in an all-cash deal for $93 million from its existing shareholders. The asset, which comprises three buildings and land, will be renamed Equinix IS2 following deal completion.

* Lawyers representing Vivendi SA and Mediaset SpA are holding talks to settle a legal dispute, after the former backed out of a deal to buy the Italian broadcaster's pay TV unit Mediaset Premium SpA, Reuters reports, citing a source. Both parties are discussing a possible solution ahead of a Dec. 19 court hearing on the matter. Any agreement would have to be validated by the authorities including Italian telecom regulator Agcom, Les Echos reports.

* Italian Industry Minister Carlo Calenda said the country's government will assess whether it could apply special "golden powers" over Telecom Italia SpA's submarine cable unit Sparkle, citing the latter's role in national security," Reuters reports.

EASTERN EUROPE

* Private equity firm Warburg Pincus failed to find buyers who are willing to buy Polish cable operator Inea SA at the expected price of $400 million, Telecompaper reports, citing Telko.in. The set price was intended to discourage strategic buyers such as Liberty Global plc and Cyfrowy Polsat SA from joining the bidding process.

* The Hungarian government is considering whether to charge Netflix Inc. for its operations in the country, Broadband TV News reports. Ferenc Kery, president of the Hungarian Cable Communication Association, reportedly said the government could set aside funding from such a charge for infrastructure development projects in the country.

FEATURED NEWS

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Anne Freier, Sylvia Edwards Davis, Charlotte van Hek and Esben Svendsen contributed to this report. The Daily Dose has an editorial deadline of 7 a.m. London time. Some external links may require a subscription.