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Feb 27, 2012

Facebook offers olive branch to mobile carriers

BARCELONA, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Facebook said it could
team up with mobile operators on payments, in an offer that
would give them back part of the revenue and influence they have
lost in recent years to Apple and Google.

Speaking for the first time at Mobile World Congress, the
industry’s biggest gathering, Facebook said operators could help
it make money from its hundreds of millions of mobile users
buying games or music on the social network.

Feb 24, 2012

Telcos squeezed as consumers go mad for mobile Web

LONDON, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Consumers’ increasing love
of using services like Facebook and YouTube on their smartphones
is leaving many telecoms carriers sidelined while bearing the
costs of ever-growing demands on their networks.

As users lap up mobile Internet services, the Web giants are
strengthening their relationships with consumers, while the
telcos are finding their connections with customers reduced to a
monthly bill and an occasional handset upgrade.

Feb 23, 2012

Murdoch seeks new start with tamer Sunday tabloid

LONDON (Reuters) – The new Sunday edition of Rupert Murdoch’s British Sun tabloid, to be launched with a huge advertising campaign and a print run of around 3 million this week, is expected to be more family-friendly and less salacious than its predecessor, The News of the World.

Amid the fall-out of a phone-hacking scandal that triggered the arrest of a string of Sun journalists, industry insiders believe The Sun on Sunday, whose launch is being personally led by Murdoch himself, looks likely to be heavier on fashion and football and lighter on the sex and scandal for which the News of the World was renowned.

Feb 23, 2012

Everything Everywhere sees LTE rollout this year

LONDON (Reuters) – Everything Everywhere, Britain’s biggest mobile carrier, expects to start building a next-generation LTE network by the end of the year, catching up with the United States and parts of Scandinavia and Asia that already have more advanced networks.

Everything Everywhere, a joint venture of France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom, is likely to be the first of Britain’s carriers to deploy LTE, as it already has radio spectrum it can use for the new, faster services.

Feb 21, 2012

Google gets real-time data from LSE

LONDON, Feb 21 (Reuters) – The London Stock Exchange
Group is to provide real-time market data to Google
, bolstering the search-engine’s Google Finance offering
with free access to London share prices previously only
available with a 15 minute delay.

The move, aimed at retail investors, demonstrates the
growing power of the internet to deliver data that used to be
only available to subscribers of specialist services such as
those provided by Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg LP.

Feb 21, 2012

Twitter partners with Yandex for real-time search

LONDON (Reuters) – Twitter and Russian search engine Yandex have agreed a partnership that will allow Yandex to show new tweets in its search results almost instantly, as Twitter becomes an increasingly important source of real-time information.

Twitter will give Yandex access to its so-called firehose of all public tweets, the two companies said on Tuesday, in an agreement similar to the one the social short-messaging site has with Microsoft’s search engine, Bing.

Feb 8, 2012

Daily Mail ad decline accelerates

* Q1 sales up underlying 2 percent to 495 mln stg

* Company says trading in line, outlook unchanged

* Shares fall 3.9 percent after strong run

By Georgina Prodhan

LONDON, FEB 8(Reuters) – British newspaper group Daily Mail & General
Trust said a decline in advertising revenues at its national titles
accelerated to 9 percent in January from an underlying 2 percent in the quarter
to Jan. 1, pushing its shares down by almost 4 percent on Wednesday after a
strong rally so far this year.

The company said overall revenue for the quarter rose by 2 percent on an
underlying basis to 495 million pounds ($786 million), broadly in line with
expectations, thanks to a strong performance in its business-to-business
divisions, which include risk management and trade shows.

Feb 8, 2012

Daily Mail ad decline accelerates

* Q1 sales up underlying 2 percent to 495 mln stg

* Company says trading in line, outlook unchanged

* Shares fall 3.9 percent after strong run

By Georgina Prodhan

LONDON, FEB 8(Reuters) – British newspaper group Daily Mail & General
Trust said a decline in advertising revenues at its national titles
accelerated to 9 percent in January from an underlying 2 percent in the quarter
to Jan. 1, pushing its shares down by almost 4 percent on Wednesday after a
strong rally so far this year.

The company said overall revenue for the quarter rose by 2 percent on an
underlying basis to 495 million pounds ($786 million), broadly in line with
expectations, thanks to a strong performance in its business-to-business
divisions, which include risk management and trade shows.

Feb 7, 2012

U.S. authorities looking into Murdoch foreign payments

LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. authorities are stepping up investigations, including an FBI criminal inquiry, into possible violations by employees of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire of a U.S. law banning corrupt payments to foreign officials such as police, law enforcement and corporate sources said.

But U.S. investigators have found little to substantiate allegations of phone hacking inside the United States by Murdoch journalists, the sources added.

Feb 2, 2012

Insight: Inside Rupert Murdoch’s UK newspaper clean-up operation

LONDON (Reuters) – The centre of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper clean-up operation is an unimposing set of offices in a corner of the company’s campus in Wapping, east London.

It is here that the scarred reputation and the future of Murdoch’s UK newspaper titles may be rescued or broken for good. The chairman and chief executive of News Corp says he has entrusted the operation, known as the Management and Standards Committee (MSC), to investigate the details of phone-hacking and alleged police bribery by his London tabloids and prevent such events from happening again.

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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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