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WPP tops boom in M&A activity

WPP tops boom in M&A activity

The network did a dozen deals last quarter out of 246 transactions between April and June

Pearson sells FT to Japan's media giant Nikkei for $1.3B

Pearson sells FT to Japan's media giant Nikkei for $1.3B

The venerable financial publisher has offset declining print sales with strong subscriptions

Cage match: MediaCom and PHD battle for $1.6 billion GSK media business

Cage match: MediaCom and PHD battle for $1.6 billion GSK media business

GlaxoSmithKline's review comes on the heels of a joint venture with Novartis

MediaCom and PHD battle for £1bn GSK media business

MediaCom and PHD battle for £1bn GSK media business

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the multinational pharmaceutical company, is reviewing its estimated £1 billion global media business, pitting UK incumbent MediaCom against its US lead agency PHD.

Facebook to launch own music-streaming service

Facebook to launch own music-streaming service

The social media giant would enter an industry in which this year's digital revenues are expected to match those from physical formats

Facebook testing revenue split with video contributors

Facebook testing revenue split with video contributors

Under the plan, 55% of revenues will be shared among contributors based on time spent on each video

Sorrell on mega-media reviews: 'We can't remember anything like this'

Sorrell on mega-media reviews: 'We can't remember anything like this'

WPP's CEO contemplates the scope of churn among brands

WPP, Daily Mail and SnapChat launch Truffle Pig

WPP, Daily Mail and SnapChat launch Truffle Pig

WPP CEO Martin Sorrell said the digital content agency will start in the US

Verizon completes $4.4B acquisition of AOL

Verizon completes $4.4B acquisition of AOL

Tim Armstrong hails "seminal moment"

European shakeup in the works for 21st Century Fox media budget

European shakeup in the works for 21st Century Fox media budget

The move is part of a global overhaul of its media strategy, run from the US

Viacom launches commercial innovation group

Viacom launches commercial innovation group

The group will will work with clients on data-driven marketing solutions

Media leaders react to Verizon's AOL buy

Media leaders react to Verizon's AOL buy

Will Verizon-AOL be another AOL Time Warner?

Tim Armstrong: 'Huffington Post will always be a cornerstone of AOL'

Tim Armstrong: 'Huffington Post will always be a cornerstone of AOL'

Tim Armstrong, chief executive of AOL, has strongly denied reports there are plans to spin off the Huffington Post following the group's sale to telecoms giant, Verizon

Facebook named world's fastest-growing media owner

Facebook named world's fastest-growing media owner

ZenithOptimedia reports Facebook's media revenues have grown 63% over the past year

Twitter CEO Costolo 'disappointed' by Q1 ad revenue

Twitter CEO Costolo 'disappointed' by Q1 ad revenue

The company reported revenue of $436 million, up 74% year on year, but below forecasts

Sorrell talks Maurice Lévy, global prospects

Sorrell talks Maurice Lévy, global prospects

The WPP boss says Publicis Groupe's Omnicom merger collapsed because Maurice Lévy failed to show John Wren "sufficient respect."

Publicis opens global agency Blue 449

Publicis opens global agency Blue 449

The former Walker Media hopes to expand to 17 cities by year-end

Publishers form programmatic alliance

Publishers form programmatic alliance

Pangaea unites the Guardian, CNN International, the Financial Times, Thomson Reuters and the Economist

OMD tops Gunn Report For Media

OMD tops Gunn Report For Media

The world's most-awarded media agency beat out MediaVest Group and PHD in the top three

Bloomberg moves to expand its base with new consumer play

Bloomberg moves to expand its base with new consumer play

Bloomberg Business will use curation and social channels to take on Business Insider and other digital contenders

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