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Police arrest former Murdoch executive

LONDON — Police on Thursday arrested another former News of the World executive in connection with the phone hacking scandal at the tabloid owned by Rupert Murdoch, police and reports said. Several British media outlets identified the arrested man as Neil Wallis, 60, the former executive editor and deputy editor…

Murdoch under pressure to face U.K. Parliament

Britain’s deputy prime minister urged Rupert Murdoch Thursday to face questioning by lawmakers over the phone hacking scandal, as pressure grew on his media empire in Australia and the United States. Police in Britain made a ninth arrest in the case as the furore which has led to the closure…

Murdoch drops British Sky Broadcasting buyout

Global media mogul Rupert Murdoch has dropped his $14 billion bid to take control of British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB), the network reported Wednesday morning. Word of the buyout cancellation comes shortly after British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that his government would investigate whether News Corporation properties engaged in an…

British parliament to vote against Murdoch deal

LONDON (Reuters) – Summoning a degree of national unity rarely seen outside times of war, Britain’s parliament will tell Rupert Murdoch on Wednesday to drop an expansion plan for his media empire while police probe possible crimes by his journalists. In a watershed moment for British politics, a barrier of…

WikiLeaks’ Assange wraps up appeal case

Lawyers for WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange wrapped up their arguments on Wednesday against his extradition to Sweden to face rape allegations, as they pursued a new “quiet” approach to his defence strategy. Assange has a new legal team which has abandoned the bombastic statements by his previous lawyers warning that…

British and U.S. lawmakers pile pressure on Murdoch

British lawmakers geared up to deal a body blow Wednesday to Rupert Murdoch’s bid for pay-TV giant BSkyB, as the phone-hacking scandal rocking his media empire threatened to spill over to the United States. In a rare show of unity in parliament against the one-time kingmaker of British politics, the…

Murdoch reporters’ bribes to British cops violates U.S. law

Imagine you’re a Fleet Street reporter at a British tabloid with a pocketful of cash. You meet a trusted source at a pub, a police officer who tells you about the royal family’s confidential schedule in exchange for a small gratuity. You hand over a few quid and rush off…

College offers full scholarship for best tweet

Many high school students use Twitter and other social networking sites, procrastinating writing the dreaded college admissions and scholarship essays. Now, however, some administrators have started testing students’ social media skills, and a lot can ride on those 140 characters. USA Today reported that the University of Iowa is asking…

More than a million Twitter ‘apps’ registered

Twitter on Monday announced that the number of applications registered at the popular microblogging service has topped a million. Word of the milestone came as the San Francisco-based startup launched a new website at dev.twitter.com for software developers interested in tailoring fun, hip or functional programs for Twitter. “Application developers…

Brown accuses Murdoch papers of hiring criminals

Former prime minister Gordon Brown accused Rupert Murdoch’s media empire on Tuesday of using criminals to obtain his private documents, as MPs prepared to quiz police over phone hacking. In a major new twist in the row that led to the closure of the Murdoch-owned News of the World, Brown…

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