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Apr 24, 2012

Murdoch hacking scandal piles pressure on UK government

LONDON, April 24 (Reuters) – A phone-hacking scandal that
has rocked Rupert Murdoch’s media empire piled more pressure on
British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday with the
revelation that one of his ministers gave News Corp executives
highly sensitive details to help a controversial merger.

As the Leveson Inquiry on press ethics began to delve into
the relationships between politicians and the media, with James
Murdoch as a witness, the court heard that Jeremy Hunt, the
culture minister, had had numerous secret contacts with James
and his top London lobbyist.

Apr 24, 2012

James Murdoch denies using papers to aid Sky bid

LONDON (Reuters) – James Murdoch denied on Tuesday that he tried to use the political influence wielded by his father’s newspapers to steer through the largest takeover in his company’s history at a time when it was battling a scandal over hacking phones.

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. was forced to abandon its cherished $12 billion bid to take full control of pay TV group BSkyB last year after revelations that his News of the World tabloid had illegally hacked into phone messages on an industrial scale to obtain scoops.

Apr 24, 2012

James Murdoch says kept in dark over paper’s illegal acts

LONDON, April 24 (Reuters) – James Murdoch blamed
subordinates on Tuesday for keeping him in the dark about
illegal behaviour when he ran his father Rupert’s UK newspaper
empire, and said he didn’t closely read its ill-fated tabloid
the News of the World.

The 39-year-old, once seen as the clear heir apparent to his
father’s News Corp business, was grilled at a
high-profile judicial inquiry into Britain’s press culture, set
up in the wake of revelations that the News of the World
illegally hacked into phone messages on an industrial scale to
get scoops.

Apr 23, 2012

James Murdoch’s political ties face scrutiny

LONDON (Reuters) – James Murdoch will be quizzed on Tuesday about his closeness to British political leaders, as a public inquiry prompted by the phone-hacking scandal at his father’s newspaper empire delves into the relationship between politicians and the media.

Rupert Murdoch, head of News Corp, may accompany his son ahead of his own scheduled testimony at London’s Royal Courts of Justice on Wednesday to the Leveson Inquiry, which in five months has already taken a wide-roving and discomfiting look at press ethics and journalists’ dealings with the police.

Apr 20, 2012

Apps become key to mobile advertising -report

LONDON, April 20 (Reuters) – Ads within smartphone
applications such as the popular puzzle game Angry Birds are
turning into a key driver for mobile advertising, as apps become
the main distribution method for media on mobile phones,
according to a report.

In-app spending by advertisers in the United States and
western Europe, where there is a high concentration of
smartphones owned by affluent consumers, is set to overtake
spending on display ads on mobile websites this year, research
firm Strategy Analytics says.

Apr 20, 2012

PREVIEW: Murdochs face UK court showdown over political ties

LONDON (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch faces a two-day grilling at Britain’s High Court next week by a judge investigating whether the political ties of the world’s most powerful media tycoon created a company culture where illegal phone hacking could flourish.

The 81-year-old mogul and his son James are battling to defend their business in Britain after a year-long phone hacking scandal which has convulsed his media empire, embarrassed politicians and provoked a wave of public revulsion.

Apr 20, 2012

Murdochs face UK court showdown over political ties

LONDON (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch faces a two-day grilling at Britain’s High Court next week by a judge investigating whether the political ties of the world’s most powerful media tycoon created a company culture where illegal phone hacking could flourish.

The 81-year-old mogul and his son James are battling to defend their business in Britain after a year-long phone hacking scandal which has convulsed his media empire, embarrassed politicians and provoked a wave of public revulsion.

Apr 17, 2012

Notion Capital raising £94 million technology fund

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Notion Capital is on its way to raising $150 million (94 million pounds) for a new technology fund, bucking a trend of dwindling venture-capital investment in Europe.

Notion, whose founders Jos and Ben White made headlines with their sale of messaging security company Messagelabs to Symantec (SYMC.O: Quote, Profile, Research) for $700 million in 2008, is looking for business-to-business companies in the fast-growing area of cloud computing.

Apr 17, 2012

Notion Capital raising $150 mln technology fund

LONDON, April 17 (Reuters) – Britain’s Notion Capital is on
its way to raising $150 million for a new technology fund,
bucking a trend of dwindling venture-capital investment in
Europe.

Notion, whose founders Jos and Ben White made headlines with
their sale of messaging security company Messagelabs to Symantec
for $700 million in 2008, is looking for
business-to-business companies in the fast-growing area of cloud
computing.

Apr 17, 2012

Mobile operators unconvinced by Nokia’s revival bid

LONDON (Reuters) – Nokia’s bid to challenge the dominance of Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android has failed to convince telecom operators in Europe, depriving it of powerful allies in its fight to regain the top spot in the mobile market.

Four major telecom operators in Europe, where the phones have been on sale since before Christmas, told Reuters the new Nokia Lumia smartphones were not good enough to compete with Apple’s iPhone or Samsung’s Galaxy phones.

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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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