Spotify, Hulu expand partnership with new streaming bundle for USD 13 per month

(Telecompaper) Spotify and Hulu have extended their partnership beyond an offer for students to bundle their music and TV streaming services in a single plan open to anyone. Last summer they launched Spotify Premium bundled with Hulu’s TV service with limited ads for USD 4.99 per month for students. The new plan open to anyone costs USD 12.99 per month, compared to a standard price for the separate services of USD 9.99 and USD 7.99. …read more

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EC proposes bigger fines, more compensation for consumer rights violations

(Telecompaper) The European Commission has unveiled its promised ‘New Deal for Consumers’, proposing new measures to increase transparency in online sales, extend consumer protection to ‘free’ services, allow consumer groups to launch collective lawsuits, and set minimum standards for both individual compensation and trader penalties for violating consumer rights. The proposal follows a review of EU consumer rights regulation last year and was prompted by recent EU-wide breaches such as ‘Dieselgate’. It builds on the EC’s work to date on extending consumer protections online, under the Digital Single Market project. …read more

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Telkom Kenya eyes merger with Airtel to rival Safaricom – report

(Telecompaper) Telkom and Airtel Kenya plan to merge operations as a first step to acquiring all of Airtel’s assets, creating a stronger challenger to market leader Safaricom, Reuters reported, citing unnamed sources. A source at the communication authority said the two firms have been engaging officials over the plan to share outlets and infrastructure, such as transmission assets, before Telkom acquires Airtel Kenya at an unspecified time. According to the source, the two operators are yet to make a formal application to the regulator disclosing all the details. …read more

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