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Oct 31, 2013

Murdoch editors Brooks, Coulson had affair, British hacking trial told

LONDON, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson,
former editors of Rupert Murdoch’s now-defunct News of the World
tabloid, had a six-year affair at the time their reporters
hacked phone messages of politicians and royalty, a London court
heard on Thursday.

Revealing their close ties, prosecutor Andrew Edis said the
intimacy of their relationship indicated both knew as much as
the other about the criminal activities of senior journalists on
the paper.

Oct 31, 2013

Murdoch editors Brooks, Coulson had affair, hacking trial told

LONDON (Reuters) – Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, two former editors of Rupert Murdoch’s now defunct News of the World tabloid, were having an affair at the time their reporters are accused of hacking into phones, a court heard on Thursday.

Prosecutor Andrew Edis said the intimacy of their relationship indicated each knew as much as the other about how their reporters were operating. Both have denied conspiring to hack into phones or making illegal payments to public officials.

Oct 31, 2013

Murdoch staff turned to hacking in ‘dog-eat-dog’ world, court hears

LONDON (Reuters) – Reporters on Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World repeatedly hacked the phones of senior politicians and even rival journalists in a desperate bid to get ahead on salacious front-page stories, a London court heard on Thursday.

Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, two of Britain’s most high profile former newspaper editors, are on trial with six others accused of conspiring to intercept voicemail messages and make illegal payments to find exclusives when they ran the now defunct Sunday tabloid and its daily sister tabloid, the Sun.

Oct 31, 2013

Demand for sport lifts BT second-quarter results

LONDON, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Britain’s BT reported
second-quarter profit ahead of forecasts on Thursday, as strong
demand for broadband and sports TV got the group off to a
winning start under new Chief Executive Gavin Patterson.

The 168-year-old former state telecoms monopoly, revealing
the impact of a push to offer sports channels along with its
core broadband offering, said consumer revenue was up 4 percent,
its best performance in 10 years.

Oct 30, 2013

Murdoch editors must have known of phone hacking, court hears

LONDON (Reuters) – Rebekah Brooks, a former top editor, and Andy Coulson, Prime Minister David Cameron’s ex-media chief, oversaw a system of phone-hacking and illegal payments when they ran Rupert Murdoch’s British tabloids, a London court heard at the start of their trial on Wednesday.

Setting out the prosecution case, Andrew Edis said Brooks was linked to both phone-hacking that ruined the tabloid News of the World and the practice of paying public officials for stories at its sister newspaper, the Sun. Brooks, 45, later ran Murdoch’s British newspaper division from 2009 to 2011.

Oct 28, 2013

High-profile British phone-hacking trial begins

LONDON, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch’s former British
newspaper chief and Prime Minister David Cameron’s ex-media head
went on trial for phone hacking on Monday at the start of one of
Britain’s most high profile court cases in years.

Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, both former editors of
Murdoch’s now defunct News of the World tabloid, are accused of
conspiring to illegally access voicemail messages on mobile
phones belonging to politicians, the rich and famous, and
victims of crime and ordinary people, to obtain exclusive news.

Oct 28, 2013

Britain’s high-profile phone-hacking trial to begin

LONDON, Oct 28 (Reuters) – The trial of Rupert Murdoch’s
former British newspaper chief and Prime Minister David
Cameron’s ex-media head begins on Monday in what will be
Britain’s most high-profile and eagerly-awaited criminal case in
years.

Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, both former editors of
Murdoch’s now defunct News of the World tabloid, are accused of
conspiring to illegally access voicemail messages on mobile
phones belonging to politicians, the rich and famous, as well as
victims of crime and ordinary people, to secure exclusives.

Oct 24, 2013

With rivals focused on merger, WPP thumps forecasts

LONDON, Oct 24 (Reuters) – WPP, the world’s largest
advertising company, posted third-quarter organic revenue well
ahead of expectations on Thursday, snapping up new work as its
two biggest rivals focus on merging their businesses.

Martin Sorrell’s British firm said like-for-like growth for
the three months to the end of September was up 5 percent, a
clear acceleration from the 2.4 percent it reported in the first
half and ahead of the 3.8 percent predicted by analysts.

Oct 17, 2013

BSkyB shrugs off rival’s challenge with strong customer demand

LONDON, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Britain’s dominant pay-TV
provider BSkyB shrugged off the launch of rival BT’s
new sports service with strong customer demand for its TV
and broadband services, sending its shares to a near 12-year
high.

BT, a former telecoms monopoly, in August launched a new TV
service showing Premier League soccer free to its existing
broadband customers in a bold attempt to hold on to its core
subscribers who had been moving to BSkyB in droves.

Oct 15, 2013

Tim Cook brings in Burberry boss to restore Apple’s shine

LONDON (Reuters) – Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts rebuilt the brand after over-exposure of its trademark pattern alienated wealthy clientele. Her approach: to embrace digital innovation, build a strong online business and tap Chinese and Latin American markets.

Now Apple Inc is hoping she can do the same at the world’s most valuable technology company.

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