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Murdoch's Fox sells Star China TV stake

Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox said Thursday it was selling its 47 percent stake in Star China TV, which operates three Mandarin-language television stations. Terms were not disclosed. The announcement, made by Fox and China Media Capital, said the China-based holding firm would acquire the portion of the joint venture it does not already own. Formed in 2010 and majority-owned by CMC, the joint venture operates three 24-hour channels: Xing Kong, Xing Kong International and Channel [V] Mainland China. It also operates the Fortune Star Chinese movie library.

AllThingsD relaunches as Re/code

The technology news blog AllThingsD has relaunched under the name Re/code under a partnership with NBCUniversal, after splitting with News Corp's Wall Street Journal. Re/code is a "media news, reviews and analysis site launching today, with the same talented team we've worked with for many years at the former All Things Digital site that we ran for Dow Jones & Co," said a statement Thursday from executive editors Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher.

21st Century Fox sells Star China TV stake

(Reuters) - 21st Century Fox said on Thursday it would sell its 47 percent stake in Star China TV to the TV channel operator's management and private equity fund China Media Capital. Star China TV, formed in 2010 and majority owned by China Media Capital, operates Mandarin channels such as Xing Kong, Xing Kong International and Channel V Mainland China. 21st Century Fox, one of two companies created from the 2013 split of media magnate Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, did not disclose the terms of the deal.

Media company News Corp. buys social news agency Storyful for $25 million

News Corp., the newspaper publisher and media company, said Friday that it acquired Storyful, a company that gathers user-generated news and video, for $25 million to help it grow its digital and video business. Storyful, which bills itself as a "news agency of the social media age," finds, verifies and acquires news content that people share online. The company distributes the content to its partners, which include news organizations and advertising agencies.

News Corp acquires social media tool Storyful

By Jennifer Saba (Reuters) - News Corp on Friday made its first acquisition as a stand-alone company with the $25 million purchase of social news tool Storyful. Founded in 2008 and based in Dublin, Ireland, Storyful verifies and manages the rights holders of news and videos on social media platforms such as Twitter in real time.

News Corp buys 'social news' agency Storyful

Rupert Murdoch's publishing group News Corp. said Friday it had acquired the "social news agency" Storyful, which seeks to merge journalism with social media. US-based News Corp. will pay $25 million for the Irish-based start-up, according to a statement. The firm acquires and distributes video and user-generated content to its partners, and provides social media dashboards, analytics and other tools to news organizations to help improve their news and advertising efforts online and on mobile platforms.

News of the World 'hacked William's messages for Kate'

The News of the World hacked voicemail messages from Prince William to Kate Middleton in which the heir to the throne called his future wife "babykins", a British court heard Thursday. The messages were obtained by police and read out during the trial over phone-hacking at the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid, which was shut down in disgrace in July 2011. The second in line to the throne referred to his then girlfriend as "babykins", prosecuting lawyer Andrew Edis told the Old Bailey court in London.

UK paper hacked phones of Prince William's wife, brother: court

By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - The phones of Prince William's wife Kate Middleton and Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth's grandson, were hacked by staff working for Rupert Murdoch's now-defunct News of the World tabloid, a London court was told on Thursday. Prosecutor Andrew Edis told the Old Bailey criminal court that recordings of messages to Kate from William, including one in which he called her "Babykins", were discovered at the home of the paper's ex-royal editor and a private eye working for the tabloid in 2006.

Britain's phone-hacking trial hears Queen Elizabeth II annoyed by nut-eating police officers

LONDON - A private investigator convicted of eavesdropping on the voice mails of royal staff told a tabloid editor that Queen Elizabeth II was annoyed because police officers ate the nuts laid out for Buckingham Palace guests. The tidbit was passed on by Clive Goodman to Andy Coulson, then editor of the now-defunct News of the World. Goodman's 2005 email notes: "memo (has) now gone around to all palace cops telling them to keep their sticky fingers out."

'Unfit' defendant in British phone-hacking case dropped from trial

LONDON (Reuters) - Ian Edmondson, a former News of the World news editor accused of phone-hacking offences, is "currently unfit" to remain on trial with other senior ex-staff at Rupert Murdoch's now defunct British tabloid, a London court heard on Thursday. Judge John Saunders told the jury at London's Old Bailey that Edmondson would face a new trial at a later date.
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