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  • Brooks Cleared of Charges as Coulson Found Guilty

    Rebekah Brooks was cast as the chief villain in the News Corp. phone-hacking scandal for three years. Her supporters cheered when she was cleared of all charges after an eight-month trial that pored over her life as a tabloid editor, executive, wife and mistress.

  • Brooks Acquitted After Weeks of Evading Blame

    She didn’t know her newspaper had hired a private detective to hack the phone of a teenage murder victim. She entered into an affair with her deputy mostly because her other relationships were going through a “car crash.” She tried to implicate senior company executives in the scandal to protect herself. Her mistakes were due to her youth.

  • Punk Rocker Juggling Billions in Bertelsmann Growth Hunt

    Thomas Rabe speaks five languages, holds a doctorate in economics, and cycles, runs or rows more than 60 miles a week. In his 20s, he managed hundreds of millions of deutsche marks in East German assets after the Berlin Wall fell. In his 30s he oversaw the finances of Europe’s largest TV broadcaster. As he approaches age 50, Rabe works in an office next to his boss and lives in a house next to his boss’s mother.

  • Havas Poised to Join Advertising Takeover Wave: Real M&A

    Havas SA, the French advertising company known for its Evian roller baby commercials, is poised to join the industry’s biggest wave of deals on record.

  • Warburg Pincus, Silver Lake to Buy Pearson's IDC for $3.4 Billion

    Warburg Pincus LLC and Silver Lake agreed to buy Pearson Plc’s Interactive Data Corp., a provider of financial market data and services, for $3.4 billion, in the biggest private-equity deal this year.

  • Pearson, Bertelsmann in Penguin-Random House Merger Talks

    Pearson Plc is in talks to combine its Penguin book-publishing unit with Bertelsmann SE’s Random House as the media companies seek to bulk up in response to a surge in providers of electronic books.

  • BSkyB Appeal for Vodafone Grows Amid Deal Spree: Real M&A

    British Sky Broadcasting Group Plc would be a tempting target for Vodafone Group Plc or Telefonica SA -- if billionaire Rupert Murdoch is ready to give up his stake in the U.K.’s biggest pay-TV provider.

  • Pearson Drops as Investors Call for Faster Drive to Digital

    Pearson Plc shares have lagged behind peers since hitting a 12-year high in July as a restructuring at the publisher of everything from textbooks to Tom Clancy’s thrillers failed to convince investors of its digital strategy.

  • EQT Said to Advance With IPO or Sale of Springer Science

    EQT Partners AB is pressing ahead with plans to sell or hold an initial public offering for Springer Science & Business Media in a transaction that could value the German academic publisher at as much as 4 billion euros ($5.2 billion), said people familiar with the matter.

  • Pearson Rises to Highest Since 2001 on Higher Sales

    Pearson Plc, the publisher of the Financial Times newspaper, rose to the highest level in 12 years after reporting first-half sales that beat analyst estimates.

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