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News Corp. Mulls MySpace Sale for Yahoo Stake: Report

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Wednesday, 20 Jun 2007 | 3:23 AM ET

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. is considering selling its social networking Web site MySpace.com to Yahoo for a 25% stake in the Internet portal, worth about $12.3 billion, the Times of London reported.

The potential deal, which CNBC's David Faber initially reported Monday citing activist investors and media executives, would mark a staggering increase in the value of MySpace, bought by News Corp. for $580 million in summer of 2005.

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The sale of other News Corp. assets is also being discussed, according to the Times, with games network IGN also thought to have been offered to Yahoo .

But any potential deals could be up in the air after Yahoo CEO Terry Semel left the company, the paper said.

Yahoo's acquisition of the social networking site could provide a valuable asset in the race for market share with rival Google, but it is not clear whether Yahoo will accept the News Corp. deal, the Times reported.

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