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  • *Bollore to take reins on June 24. After selling three of its six businesses in the past year in a strategy overhaul, Vivendi, one of France's largest companies, has up to 10 billion euros to remake itself depending on how much debt it is willing to take on.

  • News Corp board votes to extend poison pill provision Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 | 5:16 PM ET

    June 18- News Corp's board of directors voted to extend a poison pill provision it put in place to prevent hostile takeovers when the company controlled by Rupert Murdoch and his family split from its cable and entertainment properties last year.

  • Inside Rupert Murdoch's new digs     Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | 10:24 AM ET

    After Rupert Murdoch lost his New York Upper East Side penthouse in his divorce, he settled on a new place downtown. CNBC's Robert Frank takes a peek inside Murdoch's new $57 million pad.

  • LONDON, June 15- British satellite broadcaster BSkyB is being advised by Morgan Stanley and Barclays on plans to create a pan-European operator by acquiring its German and Italian sister companies, a source familiar with the matter said.

  • Fox extends Carey's contract for two years Monday, 9 Jun 2014 | 7:16 PM ET

    June 9- Chase Carey, the president and chief operating officer of Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox, signed a contract to stay with the media company for up to two years, according to a regulatory filing on Monday. Fox extended Carey's contract through June 2016, the filing said.

  • English newspaper hacking trial in final stretch Sunday, 8 Jun 2014 | 3:43 PM ET
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    With the jury expected to be out from early this week, it is now a waiting game.

  • UPDATE 2-Netflix to make leap into France and Germany Wednesday, 21 May 2014 | 12:39 PM ET

    *To launch in France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland. VIENNA/ BRUSSELS, May 21- Netflix will launch in both France and Germany this year, the U.S. video streaming company said on Wednesday, in the biggest test so far of its global expansion strategy.

  • May 18- AT&T Inc plans to pay $48.5 billion to buy DirecTV, in the latest sign that the wireless industry and the U.S. television market are set to converge as customers consume more video on their mobile devices.

  • *Pfizer CEO questioned by UK lawmakers for a second day. *UK minister, scientists seek longer commitment on UK jobs. "As we put these companies together, we will continue with our pipeline, AZ will continue with theirs," Pfizer's Chief Executive Ian Read told lawmakers on a second day of questioning about what could be the biggest ever UK corporate deal.

  • *Pfizer CEO questioned by UK lawmakers for a second day. *UK minister, scientists seek longer commitment on UK jobs. LONDON, May 14- Pfizer said it would ringfence the development of important drugs if it acquired AstraZeneca, rejecting a charge from the British company that a takeover would disrupt important research and put lives at risk.

  • LONDON, May 14- Pfizer faces calls to extend its commitment to UK jobs and research to least 10 years as the U.S. drugmaker's boss prepares for a second day of questioning from lawmakers over its plan to buy AstraZeneca.

  • *Pfizer hints at improved offer if AstraZeneca engages. LONDON, May 13- U.S. drugmaker Pfizer hinted it could raise its proposed $106 billion offer if AstraZeneca would only engage in talks, as its boss was grilled by UK lawmakers on his commitment to British research spending and jobs.

  • *Pfizer hints at improved offer if AstraZeneca engages. LONDON, May 13- U.S. drugmaker Pfizer suggested it could raise its proposed $106 billion offer if AstraZeneca engaged in talks, as its boss was grilled by UK lawmakers on his commitment to British research spending and jobs.

  • LONDON, May 13- U.S. drugmaker Pfizer hinted it could make a higher offer for Britain's AstraZeneca as the New York- based group's boss went into a meeting with UK lawmakers on Tuesday at which he was expecting to be grilled over promises on British jobs. Ian Read faces hostile questions in parliament over his proposed $106 billion play for AstraZeneca.

  • LONDON, May 13- The boss of U.S. drugmaker Pfizer faces UK lawmakers on Tuesday with a promise and a threat- to protect British jobs in his proposed joint creation with AstraZeneca of a global powerhouse upon which he says the latter's future depends. Ian Read faces hostile questions in parliament over his proposed $106 billion play for AstraZeneca.

  • LONDON, May 13- The boss of U.S. drugmaker Pfizer faces UK lawmakers on Tuesday with a promise and a threat- to protect British jobs in his proposed joint creation with AstraZeneca of a global powerhouse upon which he says the latter's future depends. Ian Read faces hostile questions in parliament over his proposed $106 billion play for AstraZeneca.

  • LONDON, May 12- European shares hit six-year highs on Monday, lifted by strong results from Italian companies including the country's largest bank, UniCredit, and by mergers& acquisition activity.

  • LONDON, May 12- European shares scaled six-year highs on Monday, led by Italian companies after strong results from the country's biggest bank, UniCredit, among other firms.

  • LONDON/ FRANKFURT, May 12- Britain's largest pay-TV company BSkyB is in talks to buy Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia, a 10 billion euro deal that would realise Rupert Murdoch's long-held ambition to combine his European TV interests in a single business.

  • FRANKFURT/ LONDON, May 12- British Sky Broadcasting said on Monday it was in early talks with Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox over the possible acquisition of its pay-TV assets in Germany and Italy, Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia. Fox owns a 39 percent stake in BSkyB, a 55 percent stake in Sky Deutschland and all of Sky Italia.