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May 21, 2012

Global ad group WPP bets on Myanmar as sanctions lifted

LONDON, May 21 (Reuters) – WPP has become the first
foreign advertising group to invest in Myanmar since Western
sanctions were lifted, betting on a flood of demand from
multinational companies wanting to market their goods and
services.

New York-based Ogilvy & Mather, part of the global WPP
group, said on Monday it had agreed to buy a stake in Myanmar’s
leading ad agency Today Advertising, staking out an early
position in one of Asia’s last frontier markets.

May 16, 2012

Police radio maker Sepura targets private sector

LONDON (Reuters) – Walkie-talkie maker Sepura (SEPU.L: Quote, Profile, Research) is targeting cash-rich mining, oil and utility companies with its acquisition of Austria’s 3T, as growth prospects in the public sector slow, its chief executive told Reuters on Wednesday.

Industrial companies are increasingly embracing the two-way Tetra radios long used by police, fire and ambulance services, as their rugged qualities make them suitable for tough environments such as mines or oil and gas fields.

May 15, 2012

A tabloid tale: the rise and fall of Rebekah Brooks

LONDON, May 15 (Reuters) – Rebekah Brooks rose from
secretary to chief executive of Rupert Murdoch’s British
newspaper group, but the woman who once partied with prime
ministers now faces criminal charges and possible prison time.

Entering a London police station on Tuesday to be told she
was charged with hiding evidence from police investigating
phone-hacking by some of her reporters, Brooks was beset by
cameramen and photographers eager to capture every detail of her
dramatic fall from grace.

May 7, 2012

Payday loan firm Wonga to lend to small businesses

LONDON (Reuters) – British online payday loans provider Wonga.com launched a credit service for small businesses on Monday, aiming to fill a gap in the market left by banks who have been hamstrung by tight lending conditions imposed since the credit crunch.

Wonga, which has made 4 million short-term loans to consumers since its launch in 2007, will offer small businesses loans of 3,000 to 10,000 pounds ($4,800 to $16,200) for periods of between one and 52 weeks.

May 1, 2012

UK Conservatives tried to soften Murdoch criticism

LONDON (Reuters) – Members of Britain’s ruling Conservative party repeatedly tried to soften language directed at Rupert Murdoch and his son James in a parliamentary report, before they ultimately decided to vote against it in its entirety.

The Culture, Media and Sport committee found after its five-year investigation that Rupert Murdoch was unfit to run a major global company and was responsible for a culture of illegal phone-hacking that has shaken his media empire.

May 1, 2012

MPs say Rupert Murdoch not fit to run a company

LONDON (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch is unfit to run a major international company and should take responsibility for a culture of illegal phone hacking that has shaken News Corp, a powerful parliamentary committee said on Tuesday.

Pulling few punches, MPs focused on the failings of the 81-year-old News Corp chief executive, his son James and a company which they said had showed “wilful blindness” about the scale of phone-hacking that first emerged at Murdoch’s News of the World newspaper.

May 1, 2012

UK lawmakers: Rupert Murdoch not fit to run a company

LONDON (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch is unfit to run a major international company and should take responsibility for a culture of illegal phone hacking that has shaken News Corp, a powerful British parliamentary committee said on Tuesday.

Pulling few punches, lawmakers focused on the failings of the 81-year-old News Corp chief executive, his son James and a company which they said had showed “willful blindness” about the scale of phone-hacking that first emerged at Murdoch’s News of the World newspaper.

Apr 30, 2012

UK lawmakers to give verdict on Murdochs

LONDON, May 1 (Reuters) – Newspaper magnate Rupert Murdoch
and his son James will be in the firing line on Tuesday when a
British parliamentary committee issues its verdict on a
phone-hacking scandal that has made the family name politically
toxic.

Committee members have said they were obstructed and put
under surveillance by Murdoch’s News Corp during their
five year investigation into the hacking of the phones of
celebrities, murder victims, politicians and soldiers for
newspaper stories.

Apr 30, 2012

ICANN to notify domain applicants of data breaches

LONDON (Reuters) – Organizations taking part in the most ambitious expansion of the Internet so far will find out next week whether their applications for new domain names could have been viewed by competitors as a result of a software bug.

The U.S. non-profit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which operates the Internet’s naming system, has been inviting Organizations to apply to own and run their own domains, for example .apple, .nyc or .gay, instead of entrusting them to the operators of .com, .org and others.

Apr 29, 2012

How the Murdochs prepared for Leveson

LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch is famous for not taking advice, but even the world’s most powerful media mogul had to submit to days of preparation by top lawyers before testifying to a British press ethics inquiry.

Although the 81-year-old appeared impetuous in many of his retorts and barbed one-liners, he had been prepared for the Leveson Inquiry by two of his company’s top legal minds, according to people familiar with the coaching who declined to be named because they were not authorized to speak on the subject.

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      "Currently based in London, with particular responsibility for professional publishers and the European activities of global technology, media and telecoms firms. Previously European technology correspondent based in Frankfurt. Began career in local radio in Glasgow and then worked in TV news for many years for Reuters, the BBC and Sky News in London and Moscow."
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