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  • Murdoch: The Daily Will Cost $0.14 Per Day Or $0.99 Per Week

    At todays much anticipated launch of News Corp.’s iPad-only newspaper The Daily, Rupert Murdoch unveiled the new journalism venture. Murdoch revealed that The Daily will cost $0.14 per day ($0.99 per week) and says the app will be “the model for how stories are told and consumed.” The app will also include “stunning photography” and HD video. Murdoch adds that… Read More

  • iPad Mags Need A New Blueprint

    Ever since the iPad came out, print media companies have been feeling their way in this new medium, but so far they’ve just been stumbling over themselves.
    They are latching onto the iPad as a new walled garden where people will somehow magically pay for articles they can get for free in their browsers. But if they want people to pay, the experience has to be better than on the Web… Read More

  • DLD11: James Murdoch On The Daily, Paywalls, Google And Apple

    James Murdoch, son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch and currently Chairman and CEO of News Corporation, Europe and Asia, was interviewed on stage at the DLD Conference in Munich, Germany. Murdoch touched on everything from its relationship with Google and Apple, to paywalls for online newspapers, iPad applications and more. These are my notes: Read More

  • Mike Jones' Kiss-Off Letter To Laid Off MySpacers: "We Can't Continue On This Journey Together"

    Mike Jones' Kiss-Off Letter To Laid Off MySpacers: "We Can't Continue On This Journey Together"

    Whenever a company lays off 500 people, as MySpace did earlier this week when it gave half its employees walking papers, it generates quite a bit of anger and bitterness. The latest tip in our inbox from a dispirited former employee goes into a details about do-nothing managers who still have their jobs while all their underlings are now unemployed. I won’t repeat the character… Read More

  • News Corp. Sells Fox Mobile Group To Investment Firm Jesta

    News Corp. Sells Fox Mobile Group To Investment Firm Jesta

    It looks like News Corp. has unloaded its Fox Mobile Group division. According to a release, investment company Jesta Group has acquired Fox Mobile Group (FMG) from News Corporation. Terms of the deal were not disclosed in the release. FMG operates a number of mobile services including Jamba, Jamster, Mobizzo and iLove, as well as Bitbop, a recently launched mobile video service and… Read More

  • What Should An iPad Newspaper Look Like?

    What Should An iPad Newspaper Look Like?

    News Corp is taking the iPad very seriously as a new way to distribute the news. The media giant is taking it so seriously that it is developing a new publication called the Daily which will only be available on the iPad (no print edition, no Website). News Corp is hiring 100 journalists for this iPad newspaper and is reportedly working with engineers on loan from Apple to make it shine. The… Read More

  • The Rubicon Project Raises Another $18 Million, Completes Fox Audience Network Acquisition

    The Rubicon Project, a Los Angeles based display ad optimization platform, confirmed today that it has completed its acquisition of parts of the Fox Audience Network from News Corp. I outlined the main details of the deal last week. Rubicon is purchasing mostly the technology (ad server, MyAds self-service ad buying platform, targeting technology, realtime bidding algorithms) and taking on… Read More

  • Wall Street Journal Investigation Into MySpace Was Quietly Killed

    Wall Street Journal Investigation Into MySpace Was Quietly Killed

    A few days ago the Wall Street Journal published a series of articles about a supposed Facebook privacy breach. We and others noted that the article was complete rubbish. We also noted that the Wall Street Journal’s sister company, MySpace, wasn’t mentioned in the article – either as a disclosure of a conflict of interest or a discussion of whether MySpace was doing the… Read More

  • News Corp Cancels Tablet-based Newstand

    News Corp, publishers of the New York Post, the Wall Street Journal, and a slew of other international papers including The Sun, has cancelled plans to offer a tablet-based newsstand, code-named Project Alesia. The project would have brought all of News Corp’s media holdings together in one app as well as aggregate news from other sources, a la Google News. The project has apparently… Read More

  • News Corp. Buys Social Software Studio Irata Labs (Yes, The #Spymaster Guys)

    News Corp. has acquired Irata Labs, a small social software development studio based in San Francisco, the LA Times has learned. The company, which builds games and other apps for social networks, has confirmed the deal to us and on Twitter (check out these tweets from Irata Labs CEO Chris Abad and co-founder and designer D. Keith Robinson). The terms were not disclosed. Read More

  • Fox Mobile Unveils Bitbop, A Video Subscription Service For Smartphones

    Fox Mobile Group, a division of News Corp’s Digital Media Group, is set to announce a new wireless video subscription service at CTIA later today. Dubbed Bitbop, the service will allow people to view premium video content on their smartphones for $9.99 a month. As GigaOM called it, you can think of the new offering is a Hulu on-the-go. Bitbop users will be able to both stream and… Read More

  • The Ten Most Likely M&A Deals In Online Video


    Which online video companies will get bought in 2010?   Venture capitalists are desperately looking for exits while the usual suspects are sitting on more than $80 billion in cash: Microsoft ($20B), Apple ($40B), Google ($15B), Amazon ($3B), and Yahoo! ($3B) just to name the cash positions of a few potential acquirers.  Theoretically, it should be a match made in heaven, but the sheer number… Read More

  • News Corp Earnings Are In: Digital Media Contribution Decreases By $32 Million YOY

    News Corporation this afternoon announced financial results for the second quarter ended December 31, 2009. Zooming in on the ‘Other’ segment, which houses News Corp’s Digital Media group, things are not looking too bright over there, in contrast to the rest of the business. The business unit, which manages MySpace, IGN Entertainment, as well as the Hulu joint venture with… Read More

  • Why The Magazine Industry Wants Its Own App Store. It's All About The Data.

    The magazine industry is falling over itself over a new shiny object. It wants to remake its product for a new class of digital tablets with color screens and touch screens. Today, a group of big publishers—Condé Nast, Time Inc., News Corp. Hearst, and Meredith—announced a joint venture to create standards for digital magazines to be read on tablets, e-readers, Web phones, and… Read More

  • Google News Makes A Concession To Whining Publishers: Only First Five Clicks Are Free

    Today, the FTC held a hearing on the crisis in the (print) news publishing industry, which gave Rupert Murdoch yet another opportunity to publicly call out Google about its supposedly thieving ways. Google’s response: Hey, we send out 4 billion clicks a month to news sites. If you don’t now what to do with all that traffic, it’s not our fault. (I’m… Read More

  • More emerges on Microsoft's dance with newspapers

    We’ve been doing some more digging on the definitive moves by Microsoft to woo newspapers over to Bing and away from Google, a story we broke two weeks ago. Since then there have been some follow-up by various media outlets, notably the Financial Times this week which confirmed that Microsoft had had discussions with News Corp to “de-index” its news websites from… Read More

  • Microsoft’s Dance With Newspapers Continues

    We’ve been doing some more digging on the definitive moves by Microsoft to woo newspapers over to Bing and away from Google, a story we broke two weeks ago. Since then there have been some follow-up by various media outlets, notably the Financial Times this week which confirmed that Microsoft had had discussions with News Corp to “de-index” its news websites from… Read More

  • Bing Tries To Buy The News

    Rupert Murdoch is pointing a gun to Google’s head, and Microsoft is helping him pull back the trigger. For the past few weeks, Murdoch and his officers at News Corp. have been very vocal about their distaste for Google and their desire to lead other media companies in a boycott of sorts. Murdoch keeps threatening to stop letting Google index the WSJ.com and his other media sites, and… Read More

  • Murdoch Warns That Without eTablets, "Newspapers Will Go Out Of Business."

    Old habits die hard. Rupert Murdoch believes that the future of the newspaper business is subscriptions—electronic subscriptions. He’s done with giving away his news for free on the Web and to search engines like Google. Instead thinks that Kindle-like tablet computers can save the media industry. It’s a notion that’s been floated before: an entire newsstand in a… Read More

  • How Murdoch Can Really Hurt Google And Shift The Balance Of Power In Search

    I’ve mostly been a spectator in this whole Rupert Murdoch de-indexing his news sites from Google circus. First because I didn’t really believe he even knew what he was talking about (or how much traffic he’d lose), and more recently because Erick Schonfeld took the story here at TechCrunch. But suddenly this is a fascinating story to me for a bunch of reasons. This may be… Read More