Former New York Post digital editor sues Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.
Michelle Gotthelf's lawsuit contains allegations that Murdoch's longtime lieutenant, Col Allan, allegedly propositioned her for sex and instructed her to 'get rid of' a story about a rape allegation against former President Trump.latimes.com
Jury finds Elizabeth Holmes guilty on 4 counts of fraud, conspiracy at former blood-testing startup Theranos
Elizabeth Holmes has been convicted of duping investors into believing her startup Theranos had developed a revolutionary medical device that could detect a multitude of diseases and conditions from a few drops of blood.
Jury in Elizabeth Holmes trial hears replay of her boasts
Jurors in the fraud trial of former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes returned to the courtroom Thursday to listen to a replay of audio recordings that captured her brash promises about a vaunted blood-testing technology the propelled her meteoric rise and scandalous downfall.
Elizabeth Holmes takes the stand in her criminal fraud trial
Fallen Silicon Valley star Elizabeth Holmes, accused of bamboozling investors and patients about her startup Theranos and its medical device that she said would reshape health care, unexpectedly took the witness stand Friday in her trial for criminal fraud.
Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott says 'I sleep well at night' and 'ignore the noise' despite lawsuits and criticism over the network spreading pandemic misinformation
Scott told The Hollywood Reporter that she follows the advice of Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch: "We have a lot to do, ignore the noise."news.yahoo.com
Former US defense secretary testifies in Holmes fraud trial
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis testified Wednesday in the trial of fallen tech star Elizabeth Holmes, saying the entrepreneur misled him into believing she was on the verge of rolling out a blood-testing breakthrough that he hoped would help save lives of troops in battle.
Fallen tech star Elizabeth Holmes prepares to go on trial
A jury is being assembled to decide the fate of Elizabeth Holmes, a former Silicon Valley star facing felony charges of duping her elite financial backers and a high-powered board of directors into believing she had invented a revolutionary blood-testing technology that could detect hundreds of diseases with a finger prick.
Despite Outbreaks Among Unvaccinated, Fox News Hosts Smear Shots
Back in December, before the queen of England and the president-elect of the United States had their turns, media mogul Rupert Murdoch received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Afterward, he urged everyone else to get it, too. Since then, a different message has been a repeated refrain on the prime-time shows hosted by Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham on Murdoch’s Fox News Channel — a message at odds with the recommendations of health experts, even as the virus’s delta variant and other mutationsnews.yahoo.com
"Poison for America": Former Fox exec slams network for promoting "false" Trump claims
Fox proprietor Rupert Murdoch "owes himself a better legacy than a news channel that no reasonable person would believe," former Fox executive Preston Padden wrote in an op-ed for the Daily Beast, published Monday.Why it matters: Padden was president of network distribution at the Fox Broadcasting Company for seven years and helped in the launch of Fox News, which he described in the article as "poison for America."Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.What hnews.yahoo.com
Facebook signs pay deals with 3 Australian news publishers
(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)CANBERRA – Facebook announced on Friday preliminary agreements with three Australian publishers, a day after the Parliament passed a law that would make the digital giants pay for news. Facebook said letters of intent had been signed with independent news organizations Private Media, Schwartz Media and Solstice Media. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the new Australian law was critical to the deals that Australian media businesses were negotiating with the two gateways to the internet. News Corp. Australia executive chairman Michael Miller said last week that his company had pay negotiations with Facebook. I think the door is still open,” Miller told a Senate inquiry into Australian media diversity.
Unfriended no more: Facebook to lift Australia news ban
Facebook said on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, it lift its ban on Australians sharing news after a deal was struck on legislation that would make digital giants pay for journalism. Google also had threatened to remove its search functions from Australia because of the proposed law, but that threat has faded. Ad“There is no doubt that Australia has been a proxy battle for the world,” Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said. The legislation was designed to curb the outsized bargaining power of Facebook and Google in their negotiations with Australian news providers. “We’re restoring news on Facebook in Australia in the coming days.
Facebook makes a power move in Australia - and may regret it
"No company should have this much influence over access to journalism.”Facebook's move means people in Australia can no longer post links to news stories on Facebook. Outside Australia, meanwhile, no one can post links to Aussie news sources such as the Sydney Morning Herald. Facebook’s news blackout swept up many of these, including humanitarian organizations like Foodbank Australia and Doctors without Borders in Australia, who found their pages temporarily disabled. Analytics firm Chartbeat said the Facebook ban resulted in a 24% drop in overall traffic to Australian publishers by late Friday morning local time compared to 48 hours earlier. Facebook would have been better off if it had given Australians a choice to opt out of news, he suggested.
Australian leader urges Facebook to lift its news blockade
The blockade was a response to the passage of a bill by the House of Representatives on Wednesday night that would make Facebook and Google pay Australian media companies fair compensation for the journalism that the platforms link to. Google has responded by quickly working out licensing content deals with major Australian media companies under its own News Showcase model. Major Australian media organization Seven West Media also reached a deal earlier in the week. Frydenberg maintains that Facebook had been having constructive negotiations with Australian media on pay deals immediately before the surprise blockade. I think the door is still open,” Miller told a Senate inquiry into Australian media diversity.
EXPLAINER: What's up between Google, Facebook and Australia?
Now, Australia is joining France and other governments in pushing Google, Facebook and other internet giants to pay. Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., has announced agreements to pay publishers in Australia while Facebook said Thursday it has blocked users in the country from viewing or sharing news. AdFrance is the first government to enforce the rules, but the decision suggests Google, Facebook and other companies will face similar requirements in other parts of the 27-nation trade bloc. In Spain, Google shut down its news website after a 2014 law required it to pay publishers. Developments in Australia and Europe suggest the financial balance between multibillion-dollar internet companies and news organizations might be shifting.
Even without listening, US lives in Limbaugh’s media world
Limbaugh, the talk radio host who became the voice of American conservatism, has died. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)NEW YORK – You didn't have to like or even listen to Rush Limbaugh to be affected by what he did. Bumper stickers proclaimed, “Rush is Right.”“There is no talk radio as we know it without Rush Limbaugh. As Limbaugh's political strength became evident, many Republican politicians felt they couldn't cross him, or run the risk of alienating his millions of listeners, Hemmer said. “Many of these listeners didn't care if Rush Limbaugh crossed the line (of propriety),” she said.
Australian media law raises questions about 'pay for clicks'
It's a question dividing proponents and critics of the proposed Australian law: does it effectively make Google and Facebook “pay for clicks” and might it be the beginning of the end of free access? The battle is being watched closely in the European Union, where officials and lawmakers are drafting sweeping new digital regulations. Google contends the law does require it to pay for clicks. Google has reacted to the threat of compulsory arbitration by stepping up negotiations on licensing content agreements with Australian media companies through its own News Showcase model. Google has reached pay deals with more than 450 publications globally since it launched News Showcase in October.
In surprise move, Facebook blocks news access in Australia
“In response to Australian government legislation, Facebook restricts the posting of news links and all posts from news Pages in Australia. “Facebook’s actions were unnecessary, they were heavy-handed and they will damage its reputation here in Australia,” Frydenberg said. Major Australian media organization Seven West Media reached a deal earlier in the week. who have had their Facebook pages blocked, that’s a public safety issue,” Fletcher said. Some non-Australian outlets also appeared affected, with posts disappearing from Facebook pages belonging to Britain's Daily Telegraph and Sky News.
Pressure mounts, rifts emerge at Fox News over election
FILE- People pass the News Corporation headquarters building and Fox News studios in New York on Aug. 1, 2017. Several Fox News Channel executives and on-air personalities were exposed last week to a person on a private plane who later tested positive for COVID-19. It has led to some restrictions at the network. Anchor Bret Baier said Monday that he's tested negative three times in the wake of the flight and will be doing his nightly news show from home this week. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
Pressure mounts, rifts emerge at Fox News over election
FILE- People pass the News Corporation headquarters building and Fox News studios in New York on Aug. 1, 2017. Despite intense pressure from Trump's team, Fox's decision team has stood fast with its election night call of Arizona for Biden. Fox has Biden with 264 electoral votes, and if Fox calls either Georgia, Pennsylvania, Nevada or North Carolina for the Democrat, that would give him enough to win the presidency. Trump’s campaign has legal observers watching the vote count in Philadelphia and several key Pennsylvania counties. Bill Hemmer, who has been closely monitoring the vote count on Fox, told viewers that “we'll see” if that call needed to be adjusted.
Dodgers 1 win from title after 32 years and more than $3.6B
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw, center, celebrates after their win against the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 5 of the baseball World Series Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. Dodgers beat the Rays 4-2 to lead the series 3-2 games. The rookie right-hander hopes to keep the World Series from reaching a Game 7 for the fourth time in five years. The Rays and Cash have impressed Roberts with their relentlessness, evidenced by their ninth-inning rally to win Game 4. Hershiser, the 1988 World Series MVP, says each time the postseason is lengthened it adds another level of uncertainty to the competition.
Environment activists blockade UK newspaper printing plants
Police and fire services at the scene, outside Broxbourne newsprinters as protesters continue to block the road, in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, England, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. Environmental activists have blockaded two British printing plants, disrupting the distribution of several national newspapers. Dozens of protesters locked themselves to vehicles and bamboo scaffolding to block the road outside the plants. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)LONDON Environmental activists have blockaded two British printing plants, disrupting the distribution of several national newspapers on Saturday. Dozens of protesters locked themselves to vehicles and bamboo scaffolding to block the road outside the plants.
Shepard Smith leaves Fox News Channel
Shepard Smith, whose newscast on Fox News Channel seemed increasingly an outlier on a network dominated by supporters of President Donald Trump , abruptly quit after signing off his final newscast on Friday. On Thursday, the president cited Smith and Fox analysts Andrew Napolitano and Donna Brazile in a tweet that said, "Fox News doesn't deliver for US anymore. While he often angered many of Fox's conservative viewers, Smith's work was most prominently cited by the network when it received criticism for being too partisan. On his afternoon newscast, Smith had frequently given tough reports debunking statements made by Trump and his supporters even the Fox News opinion hosts that rule the network's prime-time lineup. Smith, 55, said he is not retiring, although his agreement with Fox will forbid him from working elsewhere "at least in the near future."chicagotribune.com
Heather Mills reaches settlement over phone hacking
(CNN) - Rupert Murdoch's News Group Newspapers has agreed to pay Heather Mills and her sister a "substantial" settlement over claims stemming from a decade-old phone hacking scandal. In 2011, British tabloid News of the World apologized for hacking the voicemails of celebrities, royals, murder victims and other high-profile figures. Most phone hacking cases involved the tabloid, but other UK newspapers have also settled cases. In a court statement, the sisters said they had experienced strange activity with their telephones between 1998 and 2008. "The defendants accepts that such activity should never have taken place and, that it had no right to intrude into the private lives of Mrs. Heather Mills or Ms. Fiona Mills in this way."