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  • Dec. 24, 2009, 9:39 AM
    For the first time ever, Hollywood passes $10B at the box office. And that's before the mob scene expected this weekend, with debuts of Sherlock Holmes (TWX), and It's Complicated (GE, CMCSA), and with Avatar (NWS) in only it's second weekend.
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  • Dec. 23, 2009, 10:43 AM
    Sources say the battle between Time Warner Cable (TWC -1.6%) and News Corp. (NWS -1.1%) over Fox insisting on cash payments for its subscribers could get bloody, with both sides fully prepared to "go dark" if an agreement isn't reached by the deadline of midnight, Dec. 31.
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  • Dec. 22, 2009, 1:45 PM
    Sen. John Kerry's message for Time Warner Cable (TWC -0.7%) and Fox Television (NWS -0.9%): Don't dare let your ongoing carriage fight disrupt showing Americans college football's bowl games.
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  • Dec. 21, 2009, 11:32 AM
    News Corp. (NWS +2%) will spend up to €120M ($172M) on another increase in its stake in broadcaster Sky Deutschland, to as much as 45.4%. The German broadcaster has been limping and expects to lose as much as €170M in 2010.
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  • Dec. 20, 2009, 12:00 AM
    Michael Arrington says Avatar (NWS) is like the iPhone: movies will never be the same. And The Atlantic, which not too long ago predicted a megaflop, admits it was  wrong.
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  • Dec. 15, 2009, 9:22 AM
    After Goo.gl (GOOG) announces it is challenging Bit.ly as king of the short URL, Bit.ly fires back, saying it will begin creating custom URLs for partners including Bing (MSFT), New York Times (NYT), HuffPo, and WSJ (NWS). (via)
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  • Dec. 7, 2009, 7:43 AM
    In an effort to exert greater control over their financial futures, five print publishers - Time Inc. (TWX), News Corp. (NWS), Conde Nast, Hearst and Meredith (MDP) - will team up in a new digital venture, sources say. The venture will create a digital store and common standards to sell titles on electronic readers. Aside from a general consensus to cooperate, the JV's future course is foggy.
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  • Dec. 2, 2009, 8:44 AM
    Under fire from publishers who want to yank their news from its search engine, Google (GOOG) backs down and says it will allow publishers to set a daily limit on how many articles readers can see for free. The move could give Rupert Murdoch (NWS) and other publishers looking to charge for content the ability to keep Google's traffic, while forcing consumers to pay for their content.
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  • Nov. 25, 2009, 12:40 PM
    The fire-sale price Dow Jones (NWS) accepted for its Online Financial Solutions unit - $13.5M, for a unit expecting $14M in 2009 revenue - suggests they'll keep divesting more aggressively. Rafat Ali suggests selling MarketWatch, increasingly duplicative of The Wall Street Journal; maybe to former stakeholder CBS (CBS), whose own MoneyWatch site hasn't caught fire.
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  • Nov. 25, 2009, 10:50 AM
    Reflecting on the emerging News Corp. (NWS) / Microsoft (MSFT) / Google (GOOG) content/search war, The Economist wonders if Tim O'Reilly is right for dreading the war for the web: "A handful of well-funded and robust platforms locked in heated competition could be better for consumers and generate more innovation than Mr O'Reilly's vision of an internet made of many 'small pieces loosely joined'."
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  • Nov. 25, 2009, 8:10 AM
    Two more publishers say they may yank stories off Google's (GOOG) search engine and hand them exclusively to Microsoft's (MSFT) Bing, following Rupert Murdoch's (NWS) lead. MediaNews Group Inc., publisher of the Denver Post, plans to block Google when it starts charging readers for online content next year. And Morning News owner A.H. Belo (AHC) says it may start charging online subscription fees and block Google.
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  • Nov. 23, 2009, 2:31 PM
    Rupert Murdoch point/counterpoint: Murdoch's a fool for the threats to pull News Corp. (NWS) content from Google (GOOG) and sell it to Bing instead (MSFT): "We don't live in Murdoch's world anymore." Murdoch may be a genius if Bing's bling is enough; Google traffic is a fig leaf if it doesn't pull its weight in advertising dollars.
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  • Nov. 23, 2009, 8:56 AM
    Sources say News Corp. (NWS) and Microsoft (MSFT) have discussed a tie-up which would see News Corp. getting paid to remove its news websites from Google's (GOOG) search engine. Microsoft, which relaunched its search engine as Bing this year, has reportedly talked with other online publishers about a similar move, as it looks for ways to grab market share from Google.
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  • Nov. 20, 2009, 4:34 PM
    Bonds - $4B in bonds. Suitors including News Corp. (NWS), Time Warner (TWX), Sony (SNE) and Qualia Capital are beginning to circle around the MGM film studio - owner of the "James Bond 007" franchise as well as a 4,100-film library - which considers a sale among its options to get out from under $4B in debt.
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  • Nov. 13, 2009, 2:46 PM
    "You're not going to see any midnight headlines coming from us," says News Corp. (NWS) President Chase Carey, shooting down notions that Rupert Murdoch would make a last-minute bid for NBC Universal (GE). Meanwhile, advocacy groups are trying to organize to block Comcast's (CMCSA) potential takeover of the network as anticompetitive.
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  • Nov. 13, 2009, 4:36 AM
    Liberty Global (LBTYA) agrees to acquire Germany's #2 cable operator, Unitymedia, from BC Partners and Apollo Management for a total of €3.5B including debt. Liberty said it's paying 7.4x 2010e Ebitda to acquire Unity, which "complements our existing European footprint and has significant untapped growth potential in one of the fastest-growing cable markets in Europe." Competitors include Deutsche Telekom (DT) and Sky Deutschland (NWS).
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News Corp is a diversified media and information services company focused on creating and distributing authoritative and engaging content to consumers and businesses.