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The chairman and CEO of News Corporation Rupert Murdoch is to divorce his wife Wendi Deng Murdoch, the company confirmed today.

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James Moore: Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer risks failure as she tries to buy her way out of a jam with Tumblr purchase

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