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Apr 16, 2012 overtakes Electronic Arts on Facebook

LONDON (Reuters) – European start-up has overtaken video-games giant Electronic Arts on Facebook, with almost 10 million people every day now playing its games that include Bubble Witch Saga on the social network.

The nine-year old company has experienced an explosion in popularity since launching on Facebook little over a year ago with its saga games, in which players move through a competitive landscape and pass their friends on the way.

Apr 13, 2012

Murdoch’s Times faces email hacking damages claim

LONDON, April 13 (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch’s Times of
London is facing a claim for exemplary damages after admitting
hacking into the email of an anonymous police blogger to expose
his identity, lawyer Mark Lewis told Reuters on Friday.

Lewis, of law firm Taylor Hampton and representing police
detective Richard Horton, said Horton had filed for misuse of
confidential information, breach of confidence and deceit at
London’s High Court this week.

Apr 13, 2012

Hacking report threatens Murdoch’s grip on BSkyB

LONDON (Reuters) – A British parliamentary report into a phone hacking scandal may lead eventually to News Corp being forced into cutting or selling its stake in the highly profitable pay-TV firm BSkyB, having already dropped its bid to buy it outright last year.

Parliament’s culture committee is widely expected to criticize News Corp in its long-awaited report, raising the possibility that the British broadcast watchdog Ofcom will take action against Rupert Murdoch’s media conglomerate.

Apr 12, 2012

TV piracy claims heap more pressure on Murdoch empire

LONDON/MELBOURNE, March 28 (Reuters) – Pressure is building
in Britain and Australia for fresh probes into Rupert Murdoch’s
News Corp, already under siege over phone-hacking
claims, after allegations that it ran a secret unit that
promoted pirating of pay-TV rivals.

The Australian Financial Review on Wednesday alleged that
News Corp had used a special unit, Operational Security, set up
in the mid-1990s, to sabotage its competitors, reinforcing
claims in a BBC Panorama documentary aired earlier this week.

Apr 12, 2012

TV hacking claims pile pressure on James Murdoch

LONDON, March 27 (Reuters) – A British lawmaker is to demand
that the UK television watchdog probe new hacking claims against
News Corp, piling more pressure on BSkyB
Chairman James Murdoch, whose fitness to own a broadcast licence
is already under scrutiny.

A BBC Panorama documentary broadcast on Monday alleged NDS,
a pay-TV smartcard maker recently sold by News Corp for $5
billion, hired a consultant to post the encryption codes of ITV
Digital, a key rival of the then Sky TV, on his website.

Apr 11, 2012

Spotify offers music play button for websites

LONDON, April 11 (Reuters) – Digital music streaming service
Spotify is aiming to vastly widen its reach and draw in more
listeners by offering to embed a play button on other websites.

The strategy echoes that of Google’s YouTube which
has become the world’s third most popular website partly by
allowing external sites easily to embed its videos.

Apr 5, 2012

Murdoch hacking scandal spreads to Sky News

LONDON (Reuters) – Sky News, part of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, said on Thursday it had hacked into emails on two occasions but insisted it had acted in the public interest, as the channel’s parent company faces an investigation by British regulators.

The potentially damaging admission came two days after Murdoch’s son James quit as chairman of Sky News’s parent BSkyB in an attempt to limit the spread of a phone-hacking scandal that has already forced the closure of one of Murdoch’s main British newspapers.

Apr 4, 2012

James Murdoch’s BSkyB exit puts Rupert in firing line

April 4 (Reuters) – James Murdoch’s exit from the
chairmanship of BSkyB moves his father Rupert into the
firing line in Britain, just as an inquiry into a phone-hacking
scandal turns its focus on his peculiar influence in the

Rupert Murdoch, News Corp’s chief executive, is due
to appear this month before a judge-led inquiry into ethics and
standards in the British press, which will be turning its
attention to newspaper proprietors and politicians.

Apr 3, 2012

James Murdoch finally admits defeat in hacking battle

LONDON (Reuters) – James Murdoch’s belated acknowledgment that he had become a liability to satellite broadcaster BSkyB was a rare admission of defeat by the combative 39-year-old executive known for his self-belief and decisiveness.

Murdoch resigned on Tuesday as chairman of BSkyB, saying he did not want to damage the company any further by the intense scrutiny surrounding his role in a phone-hacking scandal that has convulsed his father’s media empire.

Apr 3, 2012

James Murdoch quits as BSkyB chairman

LONDON, April 3 (Reuters) – James Murdoch resigned as
chairman of BSkyB on Tuesday to prevent his links to a
tabloid phone-hacking scandal from undermining the pay TV group,
which has so far escaped the worst of the damage convulsing its
controlling shareholder News Corp.

In a bitter blow to Murdoch, until last year seen as heir
apparent to his father Rupert’s media empire, James said he
would step down from the British pay-TV company where he made
his name as a talented executive in his own right.

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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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