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  • April 21- Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is in no doubt that James Murdoch is ready to take a much bigger role at Twenty-First Century Fox, by far the largest part of the media empire that James' father Rupert Murdoch built. It is also unclear what title James would take or whether there is any possibility that Rupert Murdoch, 84, would relinquish the Fox...

  • SEATTLE, April 16- Street vendors selling Seattle's Real Change newspaper will accept digital payments from Thursday through a new smartphone application developed by workers at Google Inc in a volunteer project to help hawkers serve increasingly cashless patrons. Seattle residents looking for a weekly dose of reform-minded news will be able to scan a...

  • April 13- E-commerce company Amazon.com Inc and publisher HarperCollins have reached a new multi-year publishing deal that covers both print and digital titles, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing HarperCollins. The deal calls for HarperCollins, owned by News Corp, to set the retail prices of its digital books, with incentives for HarperCollins to...

  • Which superhero sells the most comics on eBay? Friday, 10 Apr 2015 | 12:20 PM ET
    A man reaches for a Batman comic book at a comics store in New York.

    One 76-year-old superhero is still a spry moneymaker on eBay, trouncing other characters with $4.7 million in comic book sales.

  • Cablevision to make $1 offer for New York Daily News Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 6:12 AM ET
    A woman buys a copy of the New York Daily News, featuring Speaker of the House John Boehner on the cover, following a government shutdown, Oct. 1, 2013, in New York.

    Cablevision Systems is planning to make an offer for the New York Daily News as early as this week, valuing the troubled tabloid at just $1.

  • Surprising book that's shot up to No. 1 on Amazon Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 10:14 AM ET
    An undated handout photo of illustrations by Johanna Basford, a Scottish illustrator who has sold more than 1.4 million copies of her coloring book for adults, “Secret Garden.”

    A coloring book for adults has attracted a loyal following, reports the New York Times.

  • BERLIN, March 27- The pilot who appears to have deliberately crashed a plane carrying 149 others into the French Alps received psychiatric treatment for a "serious depressive episode" six years ago, German tabloid Bild reported on Friday. Prosecutors in France, after listening to the cockpit voice recorders, offered no motive for why Andreas Lubitz, 27, would...

  • TORONTO, March 25- Canada's competition watchdog on Wednesday approved Postmedia's proposed takeover of Quebecor Inc's Sun Media English-language newspapers and digital assets, paving the way for one publisher to control a majority of the English-language dailies across Canada. The deal will bring some 175 newspapers and publications, including the...

  • CHINESE DEPUTY FINMIN SHI YAOBIN TELLS GERMAN NEWSPAPER "WE WOULD WELCOME USA JOINING THE ASIAN INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT BANK".

  • MOSCOW, March 18- U.S. oil and gas major ExxonMobil has asked the Russian government to reimburse taxes worth "several billion roubles" it says it overpaid on a project in the far east of Russia, the Kommersant daily reported on Wednesday. Russia reduced the profit tax in 2009 to 20 percent but ExxonMobil continued to pay at the earlier level of 35 percent after the...

  • LONDON, March 17- British newspaper publisher Trinity Mirror could bid for the Daily Express and Daily Star titles after it said on Tuesday that it is examining certain assets owned by Richard Desmond's Northern& Shell group. But Trinity, which also owns the Daily Record, the People and regional titles such as the Liverpool Echo and Manchester Evening News, this...

  • March 16- Buyout firm Apollo Global Management LLC is in advanced talks to acquire most of the assets of Digital First Media, publisher of the Denver Post and San Jose Mercury News, for around $400 million, according to people familiar with the matter. Apollo has so far prevailed over rival Cerberus Capital Management LP in the auction for Digital First Media, the...

  • FRANKFURT, March 14- Germany's economy minister on Saturday invited the Egyptian president for a state visit to Germany, the newspaper Handelsblatt reported in its online edition. Sigmar Gabriel handed over the invitation on behalf of German Chancellor Angela Merkel when he met Abdel Fatah al-Sisi on Saturday morning. "The state of the whole region depends on...

  • One agency in Harper Lee inquiry ends its role Friday, 13 Mar 2015 | 10:19 AM ET
    Harper Lee in 2007

    One agency has ended its role in the inquiry about whether Harper Lee was manipulated into publishing a second novel. The New York Times reports.

  • 'Discworld' author Terry Prachett dies at 66 Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 | 11:40 AM ET

    Terry Pratchett, the British author of the popular "Discworld" novels, has died of a form of Alzheimer's disease at the age of 66.

  • UPDATE 2-Turkey's watchdog seizes Bank Asya stake Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 12:43 PM ET

    ISTANBUL, March 4- Turkish banking regulators on Wednesday seized a small stake in the Islamic lender Bank Asya over an alleged illegal share sale, the latest round in a battle between Ankara and a U.S.-based Muslim cleric. The campaign has added to investor fears that political interventions are damaging Turkey's financial system. The banking watchdog said...

  • IBM buys AlchemyAPI to boost Watson computing unit Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 7:30 AM ET

    SEATTLE, March 4- International Business Machines Corp said on Wednesday it had acquired AlchemyAPI, a fast-growing startup selling software that collects and analyzes unstructured text and data in ways big enterprises, website publishers and advertisers find useful. The purchase is designed to boost IBM's push into more human-like computing services,...

  • March 2- USA Today publisher Gannett Co Inc said it had reached an agreement with Carl Icahn resulting in the activist investor withdrawing his nominations to the company's board. Icahn, who owns about 6.6 percent of Gannett, nominated two directors in January, saying he was concerned about decisions the company may make in anticipation of the proposed spinoff...

  • Gannett says Icahn withdraws director nominations Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 7:30 AM ET

    March 2- USA Today publisher Gannett Co Inc said it had reached an agreement with Carl Icahn resulting in the activist investor withdrawing his nominations to the company's board. Icahn, who owns about 6.6 percent of Gannett, nominated two directors in January, saying he was concerned about decisions the company may make in anticipation of the proposed spinoff...

  • Pow! Bam! CEOs get Batman treatment in comics Sunday, 1 Mar 2015 | 1:00 PM ET
    'Tycoon: Rising to the Top' cover

    Bluewater Productions is banking on comic book biographies and spinning stories about tycoons like Jack Welch and Howard Schultz.