Rupert Murdoch in Second Day of Testimony: Hot Trends

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Popular searches on the Internet Thursday include Rupert Murdoch, who entered his second day of testimony in a U.K. media-ethics inquiry about News Corp.'s ( NWSA) News of the World tabloid phone- hacking scandal.

During his testimony, Murdoch said he "failed" to prevent the phone-hacking scandal and said senior executives were misinformed and shielded from what was going on. Murdoch said lower-ranking employees at News Corp. never told senior executives how far reporters were going to hack into voicemails for stories.

The inquiry has been ongoing since last year after many occasions of voicemail interceptions by News of the World journalists became apparent.

About 45 people have been arrested in connection with the scandal. News of the World was shut down by News Corp. in July.


AstraZeneca ( AZN) is trending as the drugmaker's CEO David Brennan announced he will step down on June 1.

Brennan has been at the helm of the company for six years. He has received some investor backlash for not doing enough to keep the company competitive as it faces multiple expiring drug patents.

AstraZeneca has also struggled of late with setbacks in drug development. The company has increased its deal-making lately in effort to bring in new drugs from other companies.

Brennan will be replaced by Chief Financial Officer Simon Lowth, who will take over on an interim basis while AstraZeneca finds a permanent replacement.


Starwood Hotels & Resorts ( HOT) is another popular search. The company reported first-quarter earnings that more than quadrupled on high sales of vacation units.

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