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Apr 30, 2012

ICANN to notify domain applicants of data breaches

LONDON (Reuters) – Organizations taking part in the most ambitious expansion of the Internet so far will find out next week whether their applications for new domain names could have been viewed by competitors as a result of a software bug.

The U.S. non-profit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which operates the Internet’s naming system, has been inviting Organizations to apply to own and run their own domains, for example .apple, .nyc or .gay, instead of entrusting them to the operators of .com, .org and others.

Apr 29, 2012

How the Murdochs prepared for Leveson

LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch is famous for not taking advice, but even the world’s most powerful media mogul had to submit to days of preparation by top lawyers before testifying to a British press ethics inquiry.

Although the 81-year-old appeared impetuous in many of his retorts and barbed one-liners, he had been prepared for the Leveson Inquiry by two of his company’s top legal minds, according to people familiar with the coaching who declined to be named because they were not authorized to speak on the subject.

Apr 26, 2012

Murdoch blames rogue tabloid for phone-hacking

LONDON (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch blamed News of the World journalists for conspiring to cover up a culture of phone-hacking at the tabloid, saying they hid their activities from his son James and protégée Rebekah Brooks and that he personally was not paying attention.

In a second day of testimony in Britain’s High Court on Thursday, Murdoch painted a picture of a rogue culture at the best-selling Sunday tabloid, in an echo of his company’s now abandoned defense that a single “rogue reporter” was to blame.

Apr 26, 2012

Murdoch denies playing puppet master to British elite

LONDON (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch rejected accusations on Wednesday that he used his media empire to play puppet master to a succession of prime ministers, electrifying a media inquiry that has shaken the government and unnerved much of the establishment.

The appearance before a judge by the world’s most powerful media mogul was a defining moment in a scandal that has laid bare collusion between ministers, police and Murdoch’s News Corp, reigniting long-held concerns over the close ties between big money, the media and power in Britain.

Apr 25, 2012

“We don’t have that sort of power,” Murdoch tells inquiry

LONDON, April 25 (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch is used to
slipping into Downing Street by the back door for discreet
meetings with prime ministers, but there was no such privacy on
Wednesday when he faced a grilling about his political influence
in the full glare of the world’s media.

It was one of the most extraordinary days in a career
spanning six decades that has seen the owner of a provincial
Australian newspaper morph into a global media magnate credited
with the power to make or break governments.

Apr 25, 2012

Murdoch “never asked a UK prime minister for anything”

LONDON, April 25 (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch batted away
accusations on Wednesday that he used his vast media empire to
play puppet master to a succession of British leaders,
electrifying a media inquiry that has shaken faith in Prime
Minister David Cameron’s government.

The 81-year-old media mogul’s appearance is the high point
in an inquiry which has laid bare collusion between ministers
and News Corp, reawakening decades of concern over the
cosy ties between big money, the media and power in Britain.

Apr 25, 2012

Murdoch quizzed under oath on British power politics

LONDON (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch began giving evidence on Wednesday to confront charges that he used his clout to curry favor with a succession of British leaders, electrifying a media inquiry that has become increasingly damaging for the government.

An appearance by Rupert’s son James in a highly charged session on Tuesday revealed how a government minister had sought to help Murdoch’s News Corp in an ultimately abortive takeover bid, a damaging admission for a government already seen as too close to the Murdochs.

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.

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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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