Rupert Murdoch, billionaire, noted Bond Villain and executive chairman of News Corporation in his spare time, wrote a letter to the EU last week complaining about Google. Murdoch has had a bee in his bonnet about the web giant for some time now, but he's now specifically alleging that the company is a "platform for piracy". Google hasn't taken too kindly to that, and released a rebuttal that it has titled "Dear Rupert". *grabs popcorn*
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Last week the Wall Street Journal piped up to tell everyone that it had been hacked by China, but today, surprise! it's still happening according to News Corp big-wig and alleged hacking enthusiast, Rupert Murdoch.
In what should be a shock to no-one, News Corp's experiment in iPad-only publishing is set to officially close down on December 15.
Almost a year ago today, Anonymous hacked one of Rupert Murdoch's crown jewels: British newspaper The Times. Why? To spread a false report of his death. A year later, he's shutting them up like they're rowdy children. Times have changed.
Everybody's favourite octogenarian media tycoon is at it again. This time, Rupert Murdoch is accused of hiring hackers to crack a pay-TV rival's encryption system and then post the hack on the internet in order to financially cripple them. It worked: they're now bust.
Rupert Murdoch's latest tweets accuse President Obama of supporting Google — the "piracy leader" — and his "Silicon Valley paymasters". The accusations follow a White House blog that expressed doubts about the Stop Online Piracy Act and similar bills.
Media baron, professional evil white guy archetype, and technologist Rupert Murdoch recently took to Twitter regarding his company's historically awful purchase of MySpace. So, what they do wrong? Literally everything.
Someone just accosted Rupert Murdoch during his testimony before Parliament, apparently in an attempt to throw a pie in his face. He doesn't appear to have been injured. His wife Wendi played bodyguard, catapulting herself toward the attacker with arms and nails flailing. His son James just stood there.
Well, seems like Anonymous has moved beyond DDOS attack! Not content to merely shut down one of Rupert Murdoch's paper's websites, the hacking group has instead planted a bizarro-Onionesque account of the mogul's death-by-palladium on a Times redesign page masquerading as The Sun. Well played, #AnonSec.
The phone-hacking scandal that saw Rupert Murdoch close the UK's News of the World newspaper and several high-profile resignations has reached a crescendo. Thankfully there's a faux movie trailer to make light of the situation.
As delightful as it's been to watch Rupert Murdoch's British fiefdom slowly drown in a foul swamp of wickedness and criminality, it's worth remembering that all good reporters are amoral monsters and that without a lot of highly questionable behaviour on the part of sordid hacks around the world, we wouldn't know half the things we need to know.
And now for some news that probably won't shock you: According to a report in the Daily Mirror today, reporters from Rupert Murdoch's News of the World asked a former NYPD officer who was working as a private investigator to access the phone records of British 9/11 victims.