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Mar 29, 2012

Murdoch fights back against “lies and libels”

LONDON (Reuters) – An angry Rupert Murdoch on Thursday declared war against “enemies” who have accused his pay-TV operation of sabotaging its rivals, denouncing them as “toffs and right wingers” stuck in the last century.

Separate reports by the British Broadcasting Corporation and the Australian Financial Review newspaper this week said that News Corp’s pay-TV smartcard security unit, NDS, had promoted piracy attacks on rivals, including in the United States.

Mar 28, 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.

Mar 27, 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.

Mar 27, 2012

MP urges News Corp TV hacking claims probe

LONDON (Reuters) – An MP is to demand that the TV watchdog probes 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 documentary broadcast late on Monday alleged that NDS, a pay-TV smartcard maker recently sold by News Corp, hired a consultant to post the encryption codes of ITV Digital, a key rival of BSkyB, on his website.

Mar 27, 2012

UK lawmaker urges News Corp TV hacking claims probe

LONDON, March 27 (Reuters) – A British lawmaker is to demand
that the TV watchdog probes 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 documentary broadcast late on Monday alleged that NDS,
a pay-TV smartcard maker recently sold by News Corp, hired a
consultant to post the encryption codes of ITV Digital, a key
rival of BSkyB, on his website.

Mar 23, 2012

Web address controversy deepens after U.S. warning

LONDON, March 23 (Reuters) – A controversial attempt to
expand Internet addresses far beyond the likes of .com, .org or
.net has provoked a rare threat from the U.S. government to
withdraw a key licence from the body that runs the Internet’s
core functions.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
(ICANN) depends on its U.S. government contract to coordinate
the unique addresses that tell computers where to find each
other, without which the global Internet could not function.

Mar 21, 2012

Wal-Mart to offer Angry Birds merchandise, clues

LONDON (Reuters) – The maker of the hit mobile game Angry Birds has struck a deal with Wal-Mart (WMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to embed clues to a new version of the game in merchandise sold in Wal-Mart stores, hoping to drive Angry Birds fans into the stores, and shoppers to the game.

The world’s biggest retailer will stock limited-edition T-shirts, soft toys and snacks containing clues that unlock bonus levels of Angry Birds Space, which will be available in app stores from Thursday.

Mar 21, 2012

Angry Birds in US retail, UK parks push

LONDON (Reuters) – Angry Birds maker Rovio is teaming up with a major U.S. retail chain to sell its merchandise, and plans to open themed activity parks in Britain, as it continues to expand beyond mobile games to establish a Disney-style brand, it said on Tuesday.

Peter Vesterbacka, marketing chief of the Finnish start-up behind the world’s most downloaded game, told Reuters that Rovio saw itself as an entertainment brand, not just a games company.

Mar 20, 2012

Angry Birds partners with major U.S. retail chain

LONDON (Reuters) – Angry Birds maker Rovio is teaming up with a major U.S. retail chain to put its branded toys, books and T-shirts in dedicated areas of thousands of stores nationwide, the Finnish company’s marketing chief told Reuters on Tuesday.

The maker of the world’s most-downloaded game plans the launch to coincide with the debut later this week of Angry Birds Space, the latest in the series of puzzle games currently being played for a total of 300 million minutes per day.

Mar 19, 2012

BBC Director General to step down this year

LONDON, March 19 (Reuters) – Mark Thompson is to step down
as the director general of the BBC after guiding the
world-renowned state broadcaster from one of its lowest points
to again providing leading entertainment and news through a time
of enormous technological upheaval.

Thompson, who will step down after the London Olympics and
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations this summer, said on Monday
he had decided to leave after almost eight years in the job.

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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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