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GERMANY

Media giant Bertelsmann said Tuesday it would provide all of its employees worldwide with a free computer and cover the costs of all Internet connections.

Move is in line with Bertelsmann’s overall commitment to the Internet age.

INDIA

Rupert Murdoch is considering making Bangalore the headquarters of his expanding satellite infotainment empire in India.

On a two-day visit to Bangalore, Murdoch said that the city’s high-tech facilities would also be used to outsource his new e-com and multimedia forays.

The locations being studied for the new operational headquarters are in the districts of Bellary and Hubli-Dharwad.

Mumbai will remain the corporate hub for Murdoch’s satcaster Star TV India.

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Sun TV, a regional-language broadcaster, is to raise $300 million through an IPO later this spring.

Sun TV is also launching a 24-hour news channel in April, coinciding with the Tamil New Year’s day. It already has four southern regional channels — Sun TV (Tamil), Gemini TV (Telugu), Udaya TV (Kannada) and Surya TV (Malayalam).

THAILAND

A comedic story about a team of transgender volleyball players is poised to become the second highest box office grosser in Thailand.

“Satreelex” (Iron Ladies), helmed by newcomer Yongyooth Thongkongthun, in 14 days of release has taken in 65 million baht ($1.7 million) at the box office. It is expected to pass “Dang Bireley’s Young Gangsters,” the current second place holder at $2.1 million.

Both films and last year’s No. 1 B.O. draw “Nang Nark,” with $3.9 million, were produced by Visute Poolveraluk, prexy of Tai Entertainment.

AUSTRALIA

Kerry Stokes’ Seven Network has forged an alliance with Australian broadband group Access 1 to allow Seven’s sports and Olympics content to be delivered as pay-per-view services on personal computers receiving signals from satellite dishes and decoder boxes.

Seven’s deal was announced on Wednesday as the rival CanWest-backed Network Ten and its Internet partner Village Roadshow nabbed 25% of Internet sports group iSport.

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