BSkyB strikes deal to create pan-European pay TV giant

British satellite television group BSkyB on Friday said it had agreed multi-billion-dollar deals with Rupert Murdoch's media empire 21st Century Fox to create a pan-European pay-TV giant. 

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  • Singapore fund management assets grew 11.8% in 2013, says MASSingapore fund management assets grew 11.8% in 2013, says MAS
    Channel NewsAsia - 25/7/2014 5:59 AM

    SINGAPORE: Total assets managed by Singapore-based fund managers grew by 11.8 per cent to S$1.82 trillion last year, helped by large increases in assets managed by hedge funds and private equity investors, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) sa...

  • Congestion at Woodlands Checkpoint due to system slowdown, holiday crowdsCongestion at Woodlands Checkpoint due to system slowdown, holiday crowds
    Channel NewsAsia - 25/7/2014 5:48 AM

    SINGAPORE: An "intermittent slowdown" of the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) system, combined with high traffic due to the upcoming Hari Raya Puasa holiday, led to slow passage at the Woodlands Checkpoint on Friday morning (July 25).The c...

  • Singapore manufacturing output flat in June, with electronics sector falteringSingapore manufacturing output flat in June, with electronics sector faltering
    Channel NewsAsia - 25/7/2014 5:00 AM

    SINGAPORE: Manufacturing output in the Republic was generally flat in the June, propped up by a spike in the chemicals sector, the Economic Development Board (EDB) said on Friday (July 25).On a year-on-year basis, manufacturing output grew 0.4 per ce...

  • Singapore's corporate debt market grew 18% in 2013: MASSingapore's corporate debt market grew 18% in 2013: MAS
    Channel NewsAsia - 25/7/2014 4:53 AM

    SINGAPORE: The local corporate debt market grew strongly in 2013 with its volume rising 18 per cent from the end of 2012, and total debt issuance rising by 38 per cent, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said on Friday (July 25).MAS said the t...

  • An app to help nurses in CGH communicate in dialectAn app to help nurses in CGH communicate in dialect
    Channel NewsAsia - 25/7/2014 4:07 AM

    SINGAPORE: A new phone application to help staff communicate with patients who speak in Chinese dialects will be made available to all nurses in Changi General Hospital on Nurses Day, which falls next Friday, Aug 1.The iCOM app - the first local dial...

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  • Amazon loss widens despite climbing salesAmazon loss widens despite climbing sales
    Agence France-Presse - 24/7/2014 8:58 PM

    Internet retail titan Amazon reported a money-losing quarter despite impressive growth in sales, sending shares plummeting by more than 10 percent.

  • Facebook stock hits all-time highs on strong earningsFacebook stock hits all-time highs on strong earnings
    Agence France-Presse - 24/7/2014 5:36 PM

    Facebook stock jumped to record highs Thursday as strong earnings from the leading social network sparked fresh buying.

  • Apple, Samsung lose ground in cooling tablet marketApple, Samsung lose ground in cooling tablet market
    Agence France-Presse - 24/7/2014 3:39 PM

    Apple and Samsung have lost ground in the tablet computer market as growth cools in the once-hot segment, the research firm IDC said Thursday.

  • Nokia reports renaissance, shares jumpNokia reports renaissance, shares jump
    Agence France-Presse - 24/7/2014 9:15 AM

    Finnish telecom equipment group Nokia jumped back into profit in the second quarter by focusing on its networks business, the company said on Thursday, in a re-birth after losing its leading position in mobile phones.

  • Facebook profit story pushes shares to new highFacebook profit story pushes shares to new high
    Agence France-Presse - 23/7/2014 8:25 PM

    Facebook shares soared to a new high on word that the social network's quarterly profit and user numbers jumped as it thrives in a world gone mobile.

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  • Latvian 'booze-for-hire' scheme hits a hiccupLatvian 'booze-for-hire' scheme hits a hiccup
    Agence France-Presse - 24/7/2014 7:16 PM

    A Latvian company's scheme to circumvent liquor laws by hiring out rather than selling alcoholic drinks backfired on Thursday when tax authorities pulled its license and launched an audit.

  • Queen's photobomb at Commonwealth Games 'not total accident'Queen's photobomb at Commonwealth Games 'not total accident'
    Agence France-Presse - 24/7/2014 5:52 PM

    It may have looked like a lucky quirk of timing, but the queen's photobombing of a selfie at the Commonwealth Games was not a complete accident, an athlete in the image said Friday.

  • Space sex geckos at risk as Russia loses control of satelliteSpace sex geckos at risk as Russia loses control of satellite
    Agence France-Presse - 24/7/2014 6:45 AM

    Several geckos are at risk of a rude return to earth after Russia lost control of a research satellite testing the effect of weightlessness on the small lizards' sex lives.

  • Sniffing out a partner at a London pheromone partySniffing out a partner at a London pheromone party
    Agence France-Presse - 24/7/2014 4:06 AM

    In a bar in trendy east London, dozens of people mill about, sniffing from plastic bags. But there are no drugs inside -- just slightly smelly T-shirts.

  • 'Weird Al' Yankovic tops charts with parody album'Weird Al' Yankovic tops charts with parody album
    Agence France-Presse - 23/7/2014 8:33 PM

    US comedian-singer "Weird Al" Yankovic has scored a career-first number one album following a viral video campaign parodying two of the biggest hits of the past year.

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  • China confirms flight delays caused by military drills
    Agence France-Presse - 25/7/2014 4:22 AM

    China's civil aviation authority has confirmed military exercises are behind widespread flight delays and cancellations this month, following days of rumours.

  • Taiwan airline sorry for crash as relatives blast chairman
    Agence France-Presse - 25/7/2014 3:53 AM

    Taiwan's TransAsia Airways ran an apology on the front pages of five major newspapers Friday, pledging to shoulder the "utmost responsibility" after 48 people died when one of its planes crashed in stormy weather.

  • Russia firing artillery on Ukraine troops: US
    Agence France-Presse - 25/7/2014 3:13 AM

    The United States on Thursday said it had evidence Russian forces were firing artillery from inside Russia on Ukrainian troops, in what officials called a "clear escalation" of the conflict.

  • Parents head to Ukraine convinced MH17 daughter still alive
    Agence France-Presse - 25/7/2014 3:10 AM

    The parents of an Australian victim of the MH17 disaster are clinging to hopes their daughter may still be alive, travelling to Ukraine to find her, reports said Friday.

  • Argentina, hedge funds fail to strike debt deal
    Agence France-Presse - 25/7/2014 2:49 AM

    Argentina failed to reach a deal Thursday with hedge funds demanding full payment on its defaulted bonds, veering closer to what the IMF warned could be a painful new default.

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