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Dec 20, 2011

CNN’s Morgan denies phone hacking in testy appearance

LONDON, Dec 20 (Reuters) – Talk show host Piers Morgan
told a British judicial inquiry on Tuesday he had never
sanctioned phone hacking during his time as a tabloid editor, as
he faced tough questions over his inolvement in the “dark arts”
of journalism.

Morgan, now a high-profile CNN talk-show host in the United
States, edited the Rupert Murdoch tabloid at the heart of the
hacking scandal, the News of the World, from 1994 to 1995 before
going on to edit the Daily Mirror newspaper from 1995 to 2004.

Dec 16, 2011

James Murdoch looks lonelier after week of probes

LONDON, Dec 16 (Reuters) – The methodical dissection
in courtrooms across London this week of events at Rupert
Murdoch’s now-defunct News of the World tabloid has finally
destroyed the company’s long-held defence about phone-hacking
and left son James more isolated than ever.

The 39-year-old, until recently seen as the Murdoch child
most likely to replace Rupert at the top of News Corp,
has until now hung on to his job by blaming those around him for
the hacking scandal that has caused public outrage.

Dec 8, 2011

Everything Everywhere prepares for 4G

LONDON, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Britain’s biggest mobile
operator Everything Everywhere announced plans on Thursday to
invest over 1.5 billion pounds ($2.4 billion) in the next three
years to improve its coverage and prepare for the launch of a
new generation network.

The group, a joint venture between France Telecom
and Deutsche Telekom which runs the Orange and
T-Mobile brands, said it planned double-digit growth in its 2012
network investment compared with 2011.

Dec 7, 2011

Newer economies allow more high tech freedom at work

LONDON, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Employees in fast-growing
economies have more freedom over the technology they use for
work than their counterparts in developed countries, and are
more likely to see corporate provision of devices as a perk,
according to a study.

The so-called consumerisation of IT — the migration into
the workplace of technology that employees use at home — is a
global phenomenon but far more pronounced in China and Brazil
than in Britain, France and the United States, the study found.

Dec 6, 2011

Analysis: SAP’s new cloud czar to take on Salesforce, Oracle

By Jim Finkle and Georgina Prodhan

(Reuters) – SAP AG’s purchase of Web-based software company SuccessFactors Inc could be the catalyst the old-school German technology giant needs to try to catch up to rivals in the fast-growing cloud computing market.

SAP has struggled for more than five years to create business applications that are hosted on the cloud, or Web, and the company lags behind pioneer Salesforce.com Inc and larger rival Oracle Corp in the so-called software as a service (SaaS) market, analysts say.

Dec 6, 2011

SAP’s new cloud czar to take on Salesforce, Oracle

Dec 5 (Reuters) – SAP AG’s (SAPG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research) purchase of Web-based
software company SuccessFactors Inc (SFSF.N: Quote, Profile, Research) could be the
catalyst the old-school German technology giant needs to try to
catch up to rivals in the fast-growing cloud computing market.

SAP has struggled for more than five years to create
business applications that are hosted on the cloud, or Web, and
the company lags behind pioneer Salesforce.com Inc (CRM.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and
larger rival Oracle Corp (ORCL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) in the so-called software as
a service (SaaS) market, analysts say.

Dec 2, 2011

Start-ups refine web ad targeting, despite privacy worry

PARIS (Reuters) – A boom in online display advertising like banners and videos has touched off a gold rush for tech start-ups seeking ever finer ways to target marketing to web surfers, turning the best of them into unexpected rivals and prey for Google Inc (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and major ad agencies like WPP Plc (WPP.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

Most of these start-ups gather data with so-called cookies, small pieces of text that Web browsers drop onto users’ machines to track their movements from site to site.

Dec 2, 2011

Publishers warm to e-books on their own terms

PARIS (Reuters) – Book publishers have survived the first stage of a digital revolution in better shape than the music industry and are now embracing the shift to e-books in their search for new revenue streams and lower costs.

The industry has been battered this year by a significant shift from physical books to e-books that has transferred power to Internet retailers led by Amazon (AMZN.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and helped put some high-street chains like Borders (BGPIQ.PK: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) out of business.

Dec 1, 2011

Eutelsat feels heat, sees growth in Mideast

PARIS (Reuters) – Europe’s biggest satellite operator Eutelsat (ETL.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is more accustomed to staking out territory in outer space than worrying about earthly politics, but this year it was plunged into the thick of the Arab Spring.

The company has benefited as populations clamor for news coverage from its customers in the Middle East, in particular fast-growing broadcaster Al Jazeera.

Nov 29, 2011

David Montgomery eyes French regional newspapers

LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) – British tabloid veteran David Montgomery is eyeing a return to the newspaper business via a restructuring of heavily indebted southern French regional newspaper group Groupe Hersant Media, he said on Tuesday.

Montgomery, a former editor of Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World and until recently chief executive of European newspaper group Mecom (MEC.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), said he was in talks with Hersant’s creditor banks and would reach a deal by year end if at all.

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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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