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News Corp. buys videogame news sites from Hearst

NEW YORK — Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. announced Thursday the acquisition of Hearst Corp.’s UGO Entertainment, expanding its reach over online videogame news. News Corp.’s videogame media unit IGN Entertainment will operate UGO properties such as UGO.com and 1UP.com, Hearst and News Corp. said in a statement. The agreement between…

Wall Street Journal launches WikiLeaks imitation

WASHINGTON — The Wall Street Journal launched a WikiLeaks rival called “SafeHouse” on Thursday, calling for online submissions to help uncover fraud and abuse in business and politics. “If you have newsworthy contracts, correspondence, emails, financial records or databases from companies, government agencies or non-profits, you can send them to…

Only five GOP presidential hopefuls to debate on Fox News

WASHINGTON — Republican White House hopefuls were set Thursday to hold their kick-off debate of the 2012 race, but most of the high-profile candidates likely rivals sitting out the event. Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin? Absent. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney? Not there. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee? Nope.…

Columbia journalism award for Al Jazeera English

WASHINGTON — The English channel of Al Jazeera, which has been the subject of praise and criticism from US officials, was named Wednesday as the winner of a prestigious journalism award from Columbia University. Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism said Al Jazeera English was being honored with the Columbia…

Murdoch’s News Corporation net profit down 21 percent

NEW YORK – The lack of another blockbuster hit like 2009′s “Avatar” helped push third-quarter profits down 21 percent, media and entertainment giant News Corporation said Wednesday. Profit for the quarter to March 31 fell to $682 million from the $861 million record quarter a year earlier, when the company…

Was Osama a pothead? Marijuana found growing alongside bin Laden compound

Among the various vegetable crops growing alongside the bin Laden compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, a row of marijuana plants was also discovered by CNN reporter Nic Robertson. It begs the question: was Osama bin Laden a pothead? Of course, the answer to that is in no way clear. The plants…

Reporter claims to have seen bin Laden in Islamabad in 2002

After last weekend’s targeted attack on al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in his suburban Abbottabad compound, past years’ rumors that bin Laden was living in caves in the tribal wilds of Afghanistan have dissolved. Now that it’s been established that bin Laden could have been hiding in plain sight in…

NFL player comes under fire for 9/11 tweets

PITTSBURGH (Reuters) – Pittsburgh Steelers halfback Rashard Mendenhall remained a target of sharp criticism by Twitter users on Tuesday after he posted a message questioning whether news that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed should be cheered. As spontaneous celebrations broke out in the hours after the nation…

Wall Street Journal circulation tops 2.11 million

WASHINGTON — The Wall Street Journal is the top daily newspaper in the United States with average print and digital circulation of 2.11 million, according to figures released on Tuesday. The New York Times takes the Sunday honors with total average circulation of 1.33 million The Audit Bureau of Circulations…

U.S. TV ownership down for first time in 20 years

WASHINGTON — The number of US homes owning television sets is falling for the first time in two decades, the Nielsen Co. said on Tuesday. Nielsen estimated that 114.7 million US households, or 96.7 percent of US homes, will own television sets next year, down from the current 115.9 million,…

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