LulzSec Returns, Aims Its Cannons at Rupert Murdoch

The phone hacking scandal that started at the now-defunct British tabloid News of the World, has shaken up Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, News Corporation. Newspapers across the world are hungrily tearing at News Corp and its subsidiaries, because they engaged in illegal and obstructive activities to create the tabloid-worthy news. Can the righteous anger of the Internet be far behind?

Apparently the scandal was enough for our favorite privateers, the LulzSec, to stage a return.


They changed a Times redesign page to look like The Sun with the main story being that of Rupert Murdoch’s death by palladium ingestion. (The site has now been taken down)

Rupert Murdoch, the controversial media mogul, has reportedly been found dead in his garden, police announce.
Murdoch, aged 80, has said to have ingested a large quantity of palladium before stumbling into his famous topiary garden late last night, passing out in the early hours of the morning.
“We found the chemicals sitting beside a kitchen table, recently cooked,” one officer states. “From what we can gather, Murdoch melted and consumed large quantities of it before exiting into his garden.”



To further their claims, LulzSec redirected The Sun‘s domain to their Twitter feed. (This has also been shut down, as the domain does not work now.)


How wonderful that these jolly rogers have come back! Rum and grog everywhere…NOT! It seems to me that these hackershave found yet another easy exploit to these newspaper websites, considering that they do not expect much of a security threat. Down the road I see yet another email grabbing mission from LulzSec and a general annoyance for News Corporation.   If there was anything at all that points towards LulzSec’s immature nature, it is this returnto fight injustice.

Myspace Sold to Specific Media for $30million

The social networking site Myspace has been sold to online advertising company Specific Media for about $35 million.  In an official press release by Myspace CEO Mike Jones confirmed the social  networks’s sale to Specific Media.

Today, we are announcing that Myspace will be acquired by Specific Media, one of the world’s leading online media and advertising platforms. Over the next few days you will be hearing from the team at Specific, including their CEO, Tim Vanderhook, regarding their exciting plans for Myspace and how it fits in with the overall vision of their company.


In 2005, News Corp. Digital Media, owned by News Corporation bought Myspace for $580 million. Myspace gained popularity in the US in 2006 and retained its position throughout 2007 and 2008. However, at the end of 2008, Facebook overtook Myspace and brought Myspace ranking down to 80 from 2. Currently, Myspace is ranked 85 in the world according to the three-month Alexa traffic rankings.

In competition with Facebook, Myspace underwent a site redesign last year that intended to help Gen Y users find a “broad array of programming, including originals, exclusives, and content from around the Web.”

In February, News Corp. had  announced that  it was  willing to sell MySpace. The company was reportedly hoping to get at least  $100 million out of the sale, but failed to do so.

Mike Jones will be leaving the company and also confirmed that more than 50 per cent of Myspace’s workforce will be laid off due to the sale.

“In conjunction with the deal, we are conducting a series of restructuring initiatives, including a significant reduction in our workforce.”

‘The Daily’ iPad Newspaper Coming to Android Tablets

The DailyThe Daily, the first iPad only newspaper which was created specifically with tablet users in mind was launched with a lot of fanfare on February 2.

At its launch, Rupert Murdoch of News Corp had praised the iPad a lot – So we built The Daily completely from scratch — on the most innovative device to come about in my time — the iPad.

It launched along with a new feature for app developers – in-app subscriptions, which has been one of the most controversial features of the App Store, after Apple decided to take a 30% cut for all subscriptions purchased from within iOS apps.

Anyway, The Daily was supposed to be iPad exclusive for a long time, though Murdoch had announced that a version of Android tablets was coming soon. It seems that the Android version of The Daily may be here earlier than expected, probably by Spring 2011.

Sources have revealed that The Daily is slated to launch for Android tablets in Q2 2011, which is a bit surprising considering the amount of praise Murdoch showered on the iPad at the launch. In the end, it’s all about business, I guess.

The Daily has seen a lot of downloads so far, but it’s still in the free trial period. When the trial ends this week, we should know how popular The Daily really is.

via AllThingsD

News Corp Launches “The Daily” iPad App

“New times demand new journalism,” said Rupert Murdoch at the launch of The Daily, an iPad only newspaper, in New York today. “So we built The Daily completely from scratch — on the most innovative device to come about in my time — the iPad.”

The DailyIt will be a daily newspaper which will be available exclusively on the iPad for now. It is priced at $0.99 per week and $39.99 per year. It will be free for the first 2 weeks though, thanks to Verizon.

It will offer a combination of traditional journalism and technology and will be packed with a lot of interactive multimedia content. It will be updated daily and comes with videos, audio content and will allow users to share content directly via Twitter or Facebook. It also has a built in browser as well as an apps and games section, which is linked directly to the App Store.

With the launch of The Daily, Apple also unveiled a new feature for application developers – in-app subscriptions. Apple will be enabling one-click, in-app subscription pricing for apps on the App Store soon. It would be ideal for media companies who rely on subscription based services. Expect an announcement by Apple on subscription pricing soon. Rupert Murdoch stated that The Daily will be launched on all major tablets eventually.

via The Daily

News Corp Shuts Hulu Access To Cablevision Customers

I use Comcast, but I am subjected to daily ads about how Cablevision is going to block FOX Network soon, owned by News Corp. It looks like News Corp is taking their battle to internet grounds now.

Fox News Corp Blocking Cablevision on Hulu

All Things D is reporting that Cablevision customers across US don’t have access to FOX content on Hulu, the popular free TV shows and movie streaming website.

The screenshot above makes the battle more ugly. But it is but natural. News Corp and Cablevision are not the only ones to face this, earlier Time Warner also had a similar problem which was sorted out. So, Cablevision customers, hang on till Sunday and you might be able to watch that Football game on FOX after all.