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Rupert Murdoch calls for Google to be 'exposed'

On Twitter, what's fascinating isn't merely what people write. I try to picture where they were and what they were wearing as they were tweeting.

So I am imagining Rupert Murdoch on Sunday night, slurping on a glass of fine, golden beer, seated in a red velvet smoking jacket.

Clutching his phone, filled with the kind of irritating news a boss often receives, he cast his frustrations to the wind. Or, rather to the Twitterati.

For Sunday night, News Corp.'s heart and soul offered: "'Please expose Eric Schmidt, Google' etc. Just wait!"… Read more

Britain's Times dumps app for BlackBerry, cites lack of customer interest

Another day, another kick suffered by BlackBerry, once one of the world's leading smartphone brands, as we get word that Britain's The Times newspaper has pulled its mobile app available for the Blackberry because of flagging interest.

"While the Times' app on iPhone, iPad, and Android continues to be very successful, very few people use the app on their BlackBerry," a spokeswoman told Reuters.

BlackBerry recently announced a fiscal second-quarter loss of nearly $1 billion. The company's revenue fell 45 percent to $1.57 billion during the period. Meanwhile, the company last month received a … Read more

AllThingsD founders' new venture worth up to $40m?

A new tech news and conference business from AllThingsD's founders Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg could be worth up to $40 million. And that's reeling it in some.

Quartz reported Friday that Swisher and Mossberge are in talks with three potential minority investors -- including Comcast's NBCUniversal, another media company and a financial investor funding -- for a stake that could value the new venture between $30 million and $40 million. The report says that valuation is much lower than figures sought in early talks.

Thursday, AllThingsD's longtime parent Dow Jones said Walt Mossberg and Kara … Read more

AllThingsD cutting Dow Jones cord

Soon you may need to look in a new place for Uncle Walt.

Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, the co-executive editors of the AllThingsD Web site, are parting ways from owner Dow Jones. The break-up, which was first reported by Fortune, was confirmed Dow Jones in a statement. Dow Jones, which is part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., reportedly will keep hold of the AllThingsD brand, and an official announcement is expected to come later Thursday.

By striking out, Mossberg and Swisher fit a similar mold to former New York Times columnist Nate Silver, who rose to prominence for … Read more

Angelina Jolie's stunt double sues News Corp. for alleged hacking

There has long been a tendency for some media to publish all the news that's fit to be found out through any means possible.

One of those means is the hacking of voice mails. Indeed, News Corp. has settled hundreds of claims from famous people and those temporarily in the news for reasons that might be as sad as they might be trifling.

Now a woman who stood in for Angelina Jolie in dangerous times (but not in sex scenes with Brad Pitt in "Mr. and Mrs. Smith") says that her voice mails were allegedly hacked too.… Read more

Hulu buyout heats up with four reported bidders

Companies looking to get a piece of the Hulu pie had until this week to put in their first round of bids for the video streaming service. And, it appears that four companies have gone in for a slice.

Former News Corp president Peter Chernin, private equity fund Guggenheim Digital Media (which is headed the former interim Yahoo CEO by Ross Levinsohn), satellite operator DirecTV, and cable operator Time Warner Cable have all put in bids, according to Reuters.

Hulu has supposedly been looking for a buyer over the past couple of years, and recently several companies have allegedly expressed … Read more

Former News Corp. president wants Hulu for $500 million, says report

Former News Corp. President Peter Chernin wants to buy Hulu for about $500 million, Reuters reported today.

Unnamed sources told the news service of Chernin's interest in the video-streaming site. Chernin, a former Hulu board member, helped create Hulu in 2007. He left News Corp. in 2009 to start The Chernin Group, which owns other media companies, such as Pandora Radio.

News Corp. and Walt Disney, which currently own Hulu, were said to have reached out to potential buyers in March.

Providence Equity Partners, one of the Chernin Group's investors, sold its 10 percent stake in Hulu last … Read more

News Corp. readies Amplify Tablet for schools

News Corp. might be known for its range of news outlets, but the company today has unveiled a tablet as well.

At the SXSWedu event in Austin, Texas, today, Amplify, the recently launched education arm of News Corp., unveiled a new tablet. Appropriately named the Amplify Tablet, the device will run on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) and come with a 10-inch display. The device, which is running on the Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core CPU, is designed for children in grades kindergarten through 12 and comes bundled with all kinds of Amplify software designed to improve the learning experience.

According … Read more

News Corp. cans The Daily

News Corp. axes The Daily.

The Daily, which was an ambitious tablet-only news publication backed by News Corp., is shutting its doors December 15. Launched back in February 2011, The Daily was an interactive newspaper stylized for consumption on the iPad. Best of all, a year's subscription went for only $40 and offered a wide variety of sections. While there will be no more issues of The Daily, its brand will live on other channels within News Corp.

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the first text message. On December 3, 1992, SMS pioneer Matti Makkonen successfully sent … Read more

The 404 1,176: Where where Brian admits he has a problem (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Justin wanted to like the modern take on The Rockettes at Friday's showing, didn't.

- Father of SMS reflects on 20th anniversary of first text.

- News Corp shuts down The Daily.

- These companies hate your guts.

- StickNFind Bluetooth stickers are the best idea you didn't think of.

- Apple trying to patent wireless charging.… Read more