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Rupert Murdoch Urges China To Open Digital Door At World Media Summit In Beijing October 15, 2009

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Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and Chief Executive of News Corporation, urged the Chinese Government to take full advantage of the country’s creative potential by opening the door to media competition and ensuring that intellectual property is protected.

Speaking at the World Media Summit in Beijing, Mr Murdoch said that the growth of Chinese media companies would also be hindered by intellectual property violations and that more competition would better prepare them for the rigors of the international market.

“The aggregators and the plagiarists will soon have to pay a price for the co-opting of our content. But if we do not take advantage of the current movement toward paid-for content, it will be the content creators, the people in this hall, who will pay the ultimate price and the content kleptomaniacs will triumph.”

Mr Murdoch also commented that with China’s emergence as a global power comes a global responsibility and urged China to take the lead in restarting the stalled Doha talks on world trade, noting that “in too many languages, Doha is a four-letter word”.

“Wouldn’t it be an auspicious sign of our times if the contemporary catalysts for freer trade, traditional and digital, were China and India? It would show definitively that the world was no longer run by a rich man’s club.”

Mr Murdoch noted that China must expect more criticism as it takes its place on the world stage as a superpower, but that it should not over-react to such criticism.

A cursory search of the Internet will throw up some rather vigorous and vitriolic criticism of this curious character called Rupert Murdoch.

Doing the Sun Valley Spin, Murdoch Proposes New Direction for Myspace July 12, 2009

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Could Murdoch be doing a little Sun Valley spin?

The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that Rupert Murdoch, CEO of News Corp., said he is looking to reshape MySpace into an “entertainment portal.” This statement, made at the Allen & Company Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, comes as Facebook continues to overshadow MySpace in almost every relevant metric

The Journal reported that MySpace will enable the site’s users, the number of which is quickly shrinking, to access entertainment and related information. The big question is how much would a facelift, like the one proposed by Murdoch, help the site?

First, MySpace is already heavily geared toward entertainment. News Corp. helped create MySpace Music in a joint venture with the four largest record labels. Los Angeles-based MySpace has long provided users with a means to upload their own video clips, so user-generated video is covered.

Sources in the music, television, and movie sectors said they were unaware of any new deals regarding MySpace.

Executive Shakeout at Myspace Not Over Yet July 11, 2009

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Layoffs are over at News Corp (NWS) social network MySpace, but the executive shakeout is not.

According to sources there are another five suits heading for the door. They are:

* Max Engel, Top engineer
* Tom Andrus, SVP of product management
* Travis Katz, MySpace international head
* Jamie Kantrowitz, MySpace Music SVP of strategy and global marketing
* Dan Fawcett, President of Fox Digital Media will return to the News Corp mothership.

But there may be several more departures.

Many of these are also top brass, these usually don’t get recognition like some of the others. They are:

Ulf Waschbusch, Director of Mobile Product, an expert in his area. He came from Google and was a Stanford MBA . A sound strategist and really good at his area of expertise. With a Silicon Valley background he was valuable at MySpace.

Ming Chen, a Product Manager who worked on important projects for the company with Tom Anderson. Probably one of the most knowledgeable people in social networking at MySpace. Great at execution too. His departure was a huge loss to MySpace.

CJ Chaney worked on much of the apps initiatives and worked very closely with the top execs at the company. Working out of the Seattle office, he built the MySpace Developer Platform with his team. He also worked on payment platform initiatives. A hard worker without whom a lot of things would not have gotten rolled out quickly without his involvement.

Eric Novins, an Engineer for MySpace photos. For a long time, the only engineer on the photos team, he acted both as Product Manager as well as Engineer. Prior to the company expanding the company to a point where quick delivery was more difficult, he worked to deliver site features really quickly

Most of these guys have been under the radar in the public eye, but they were well known as the MVP’s here at MySpace during their tenure.

More public than the above, there is also Allen Hurff, SVP of engineering. Internally, he is known for building the tech organization and implementing .NET initiatives company wide He lead Myspace to change into an Agile/Scrum organization early on.