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And then another interesting piece about Edward Tian possibly leaving China Netcom.
Okay, I know we’re still in rumor phase here, but let’s do some addition:
. In September, Rupert tells an assembled crowd of industry people in New York that he’s hit a wall in China, following SARFT’s issuance of a series of circulars last summer that basically reminded all and sundry foreigners that they can’t do business in China the way they want to.
. Not long later, in an unrelated move, Rupert signals his growing appreciation for things Online when he turns up the highest bidder for MySpace.com, a Web play that is generating tons of buzz if not profits.
. Rupert starts talking about dumping his major TV play in China, Phoenix.
. The Edward Tian-leaving-Netcom Rumor Story on CNBC mentions Rupert’s name prominently as the financier of Tian’s new venture.
Is all of this starting to add up to a tectonic strategy shift for News Corp in China?