Hitt og þetta 19. apríl 2006

WSJ: News Corp. Unit Buys An Interest In Jobs Web Site

News Corp.'s Internet unit plans to announce today that it has invested $3.5 million in the job-listings Web site of Simply Hired Inc.

The investment is one of the first moves by the media giant's Fox Interactive Media division to beef up its Web properties, including the popular social-networking Web site MySpace.com.

Simply Hired, of Mountain View, Calif., also said it has raised $10 million from the venture-capital firm Foundation Capital, of Menlo Park, Calif.

Simply Hired's Web site, SimplyHired.com, was started last year and is a database for job listings that it pulls from thousands of Web sites ranging from Monster.com to newspaper classifieds.

Gautam Godhwani, chief executive of Simply Hired, said the site will be integrated across Fox Interactive's Web properties.

News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch laid out plans in January to transform MySpace.com into a portal with all of the features that are provided by sites such as Yahoo Inc. Since then, MySpace has added free video and has beefed up the Web site's movies and music sections.

The addition of job listings could increase the amount of time Web surfers spend on News Corp.'s Web sites, a spokeswoman for Fox Interactive Media said.