Facebook in dispute with Germany over data requests, Dentsu Aegis acquires Merkle

World digital news of the day - Facebook has found itself embroiled in a dispute with German state authorities,Dentsu has bought a majority stake in Maryland-based digital agency Merkle, and more

Facebook in dispute with Germany over data requests as part of criminal inquiries: Facebook has found itself embroiled in a dispute with German state authorities following allegations that it did not cooperate with criminal investigations.

Lollapalooza filters and Live Stories: Inside Toyota’s Snapchat strategy: Snapchat’s a natural for some brands, not so much for others. The struggle for Toyota is finding the right message. As Snapchat’s ad push gets increasingly aggressive, it’s getting harder for individual brands to cut through the noise.

Facebook tests streaming videos to TV using Apple’s AirPlay, Google’s Chromecast: Facebook has started testing the ability for people to stream videos — including live ones — to their TVs that are connected to an Apple TV or Google Chromecast, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed on Monday.

Nissan Olympics Pranks – Do it for us: Nissan UK’s sponsorship of Team GB and ParalympicsGB athletes at the 2016 Rio Olympics is being promoted with “Do it for us”, a series of pranks played at the Rio 2016 athlete briefing. Two teaser films, intentionally corporate in their look and feel, were launched in the lead up to the campaign.

The New York Times is launching its film and TV recommendation site Watching: The New York Times announced the launch (in closed beta) of its movies-and-TV recommendation site Watching on Monday. It started heading toward this point earlier this summer, with a twice-a-week newsletter by TV critic Margaret Lyons.

Dentsu Aegis acquires Merkle in deal estimated at $1.5 billion: The Japanese advertising giant Dentsu has bought a majority stake in Maryland-based digital agency Merkle. Both companies have confirmed the acquisition without providing specific financial details.

Snapchat will air first NBCUniversal show on Discover on August 22: Snapchat has signed a multi-year deal with NBCUniversal for the TV conglomerate to produce original shows, including ones tied to “The Voice” and “The Tonight Show,” that will air within the mobile app’s Discover section, a Snapchat spokesperson confirmed.

Walmart’s acquisition of Jet: The winners and losers: It’s official: After days of speculation, Walmart has officially announced its acquisition of online retailer Jet, completing the biggest deal in U.S. e-commerce startup history. The deal values Jet at $3 billion, with Jet receiving $300 million in Walmart shares over time, in addition to bonuses for Jet executives.