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News Corp's Bid For BSkyB Uncertain 

WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation ended a tumultuous week with news that their proposed takeover bid of British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) is in jeopardy.

News Corp. announced on Thursday that it was closing their 168-year old tabloid, News of the World after revelations that it hacked into and deleted a missing 13-year-old girl’s phone in 2002. News of the World has been embroiled in allegations of hacking into the phones of members of the royal family, cabinet members and victims of the July 7, 2005 London subway and bus bombings.  Although News Corp. survived these past scandals, this week's revelations have led to public and political uproar forcing U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron to announce independent inquiries into the newspaper’s activities.

The communications regulator, Ofcom, issued a statement on Tuesday about the issue.  "In the light of the current public debate about phone hacking and other allegations, Ofcom confirms that it has a duty to be satisfied on an ongoing basis that the holder of a broadcasting licence is 'fit and proper'."

The New York Times reports that BSkyB's shares dropped by 7 percent from Monday and over 500,000 petition signatures opposing the media conglomerate's bid have been submitted to an advocacy group and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 

Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt has delayed a decision on the bid until September due to political pressure following the scandal and the volume of objections his ministry has received.

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News Corp Introduces 'The Daily'

Photo Courtesy - WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Rupert Murdoch announced the launch of News Corp’s iPad daily newspaper The Daily at an event in New York Wednesday morning.

The new multimedia service is available in the Apple iTunes store for people who already have iPads.

According to the announcement, Verizon has sponsored the 99-cent weekly subscription costs for the first two weeks. Beyond that initial period, users will pay 99 cents per week or an annual subscription of $39.99.

They don’t have a version for Android- or Windows-based tablet computers and users on the web will see redacted content without a pay-wall.

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