Within a half-hour of each other last week, Dow Jones issued a statement that the Bancroft family, which owns a controlling stake in the vendor, was now open to the advances of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., which the Bancrofts had previously rejected outright, while Xinhua Finance announced the sale of seven "non-core" news bureaus outside China to Thomson Financial.

The deal sees Thomson pick up bureaus in Tokyo, Manila, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Sydney and Seoul, giving the vendor a

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