Portal Watch: Murdoch’s hand on the wheel

Zillow-Trulia deal said to be nearing approval, a future portal battleground in China?

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If there's any doubt that Rupert Murdoch, chairman of's new overseer, News Corp., would be personally involved in the brewing portal war with Zillow, we got our answer this week. On Tuesday, when news broke that ListHub, a subsidiary of operator Move Inc., is set to cut off the feed of hundreds of thousands of listings it currently sends to Zillow, Murdoch was at Move's headquarters in San Jose, California. Murdoch has moved swiftly since News Corp. took control of Move in mid-November. A week after the acquisition closed,'s new owner began integrating the portal's content with other News Corp. businesses, like The Wall Street Journal. In mid-December the global media giant announced that one of its own, Ryan O'Hara, would be taking over as CEO of Move. O'Hara took the helm on Monday. Beast mode? With its pending acquisition of Trulia set to close soon, Zillow's not sta...