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  • May 18- Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg heard from more than a dozen U.S. conservative leaders on Wednesday and said he will work to build trust with users who believe the social network displays politically biased news content. After a closed-door meeting at the company's Silicon Valley headquarters, Zuckerberg defended his company's practices...

  • May 5- News Corp, the owner of the Wall Street Journal and book publisher HarperCollins, reported its fifth drop in quarterly revenue in a row as print ad sales decline. New York- based News Corp, controlled by Rupert Murdoch, said "currency fluctuations" also contributed to a 7.3 percent fall in the company's revenue to $1.89 billion in its third quarter.

  • As a result broadband net additions in Britain were 46,000, about half the level of a year earlier. Retail customer growth of 73,000 in Germany were also down on a year earlier, and churn- the percentage of customers leaving- was up in Britain, Ireland and Italy and flat in Germany and Austria quarter-on-quarter. Chief Executive Jeremy Darroch said the group had...

  • MILAN/ PARIS, April 8- French media group Vivendi agreed on Friday to buy the pay-TV operation of Italian broadcaster Mediaset, completing a major step in billionaire businessman Vincent Bollore's plan to build a southern European content and video-on-demand powerhouse. It also secures Italian tycoon and former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi,...

  • By Claudia Cristoferi and Giulia Segreti. The deal is a stepping stone in billionaire businessman Vincent Bollore's plan to create a southern European pay-TV and content powerhouse to compete with Rupert Murdoch's Sky and online video giant Netflix. Bollore has been accumulating strategic assets in Italy, including a 24.9 percent stake in Telecom Italia.

  • The SEC said Smith and his investment research firm NBT Group Inc agreed in May 2012 to tout publicly traded IceWEB Inc, as part of a scheme by the data storage company's chief executive to inflate its trading volume and stock price. Smith and NBT did not fully disclose their compensation and incentive fees to investors, and made false and misleading statements...

  • Republican presidential debate scheduled for next week in Utah has been canceled, host Fox News said on Wednesday, after party front-runner Donald Trump told the network he would not participate. Fox News, part of the Twenty-First Century Fox Inc broadcast media and entertainment company controlled by Rupert Murdoch, had announced the debate, to be held in...

  • A star-studded guest list included actor Michael Caine, Irish rockstar Bob Geldof, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and British Justice Secretary Michael Gove, a senior figure among those who want the UK to leave the European Union. But conspicuous by their absence were Prime Minister David Cameron and finance minister George Osborne, who want Britain to stay in...

  • LONDON, March 5- Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and actress and model Jerry Hall on Saturday celebrated their one day old marriage with a blessing service at St Bride's church on London's Fleet Street, the spiritual home of British journalism. The couple's 10 children from previous relationships attended the service, as did Rebekah Brooks, who returned to run...

  • BOSTON/ NEW YORK, March 4- T. Rowe Price Group Inc plans to vote against key directors at companies with two classes of shares in the upcoming U.S. corporate annual meeting season, as the big asset manager steps up its push against companies that give extra voting clout to insiders. Meanwhile, Rupert Murdoch maintains his influence at Twenty-First Century Fox Inc...

  • SYDNEY, March 1- Legislation to change media ownership laws in Australia will be put before parliament, the government said on Tuesday, opening the door for a potential raft of mergers and acquisitions from major media companies such as News Corp.. The reforms could provide a lifeline to Australia's struggling newspaper industry, which is dominated by News...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 29- News Corp said on Monday that it had agreed to pay $280 million to resolve claims that it monopolized the market for in-store promotions at more than 50,000 retail stores across the United States. The settlement with Rupert Murdoch's company abruptly ended a trial that had begun earlier in the day, when jurors in Manhattan federal court heard...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 29- News Corp agreed to pay $244 million to settle a lawsuit accusing it of monopolizing the market for in-store promotions at more than 50,000 retail stores across the United States, a lawyer for the plaintiffs said on Monday. The settlement with Rupert Murdoch's company abruptly ended a trial that had begun earlier in the day, when jurors in...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 29- News Corp has agreed on the eve of trial to settle a $2 billion lawsuit accusing the company of monopolizing the market for in-store promotions at more than 50,000 retail stores across the United States, a lawyer for the plaintiffs said Monday. The deal with Rupert Murdoch's company was disclosed by Steven Benz, a lawyer for consumer packaged...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 29- News Corp went to trial on Monday in a class action lawsuit that accuses the company of monopolizing the market for in-store promotions at some 52,500 retail stores across the United States. Jury selection got underway in federal court in Manhattan in an antitrust lawsuit filed by consumer packaged goods companies including Dial Corp, Kraft...

  • Feb 4- News Corp's revenue fell for the fourth quarter in a row, hurt by a stronger dollar and dwindling advertising revenue in its core news and information services business, which includes Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal. The company, which is controlled by media mogul Rupert Murdoch, said total revenue fell 4.3 percent to $2.16 billion in the second...

  • Feb 4- News Corp's quarterly revenue fell for the fourth quarter in a row, hurt by a slump in its core news and information services business, which includes Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal. The company, which is controlled by media mogul Rupert Murdoch, said total revenue fell 4.3 percent to $2.16 billion in the second quarter ended Dec. 31 from $2.26 billion a...

  • Feb 1- Twenty-First Century Fox said it would offer some of its employees voluntary exit options with "generous" benefit packages, with the aim of reducing costs by about $250 million. "Some colleagues from Fox Networks Group and 20th Century Fox will be offered a generous benefit package if they opt to voluntarily leave the company," a Fox spokesperson said in an...

  • *James Murdoch returns as chairman of European pay-TV group. LONDON, Jan 29- James Murdoch is to return as chairman of Sky four years after a phone-hacking scandal forced him out, potentially taking the Murdoch family a step closer to full ownership of the European pay-TV group. His appointment, seven months after becoming chief executive of Fox, follows Rebekah...

  • LONDON, Jan 29- Sky said James Murdoch, son of founder Rupert Murdoch, would take over as chairman, returning to the European pay-TV group as it reported a better-than-expected 12 percent rise in profit helped by a record number of new customers. The company reported operating profit of 747 million pounds on revenue up 5 percent to 5.7 billion pounds for the six...