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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.

Feb 2, 2012

Inside Rupert Murdoch’s UK newspaper clean-up operation

LONDON, Feb 2 (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.

Jan 28, 2012

UK police arrest Murdoch tabloid staff, raid offices

LONDON, Jan 28 (Reuters) – British police arrested
four current and former staff of Rupert Murdoch’s best-selling
Sun tabloid plus a policeman on Saturday as part of an
investigation into suspected payments by journalists to
officers, police and the newspaper’s publisher said.

Police also searched the paper’s London offices at publisher
News International, News Corp’s British arm, in a
corruption probe linked to a continuing investigation into phone
hacking at its now closed News of the World weekly tabloid.

Jan 27, 2012

James Murdoch to quit GSK board

LONDON (Reuters) – News Corp executive James Murdoch, under pressure from a phone-hacking scandal at the News of the World tabloid, is to quit the board of drug maker GlaxoSmithKline as he spends more time on his new role in the United States.

Murdoch was promoted last March to become News Corp’s deputy chief operating officer and head of its international operations, in a move seen at the time as confirming his status as heir apparent to his father Rupert Murdoch’s media empire.

Jan 25, 2012

New EU data laws command the tide but not the cost

MUNICH (Reuters) – New data-protection proposals from the European Union to help people regain control of personal information from sites like Facebook could prove as effective as commanding the tide, while hurting small firms and Web giants alike.

The new legislation, which European Commissioner Viviane Reding will present on Wednesday, is designed to give consumers ownership of their own data and to harmonise the patchwork of different laws in force across the EU’s 27 countries.

Jan 24, 2012

Analysis: New EU data laws command the tide but not the cost

MUNICH (Reuters) – New data-protection proposals from the European Union to help people regain control of personal information from sites like Facebook could prove as effective as commanding the tide, while hurting small firms and Web giants alike.

The new legislation, which European Commissioner Viviane Reding will present on Wednesday, is designed to give consumers ownership of their own data and to harmonize the patchwork of different laws in force across the EU’s 27 countries.

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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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