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How big media thinks about real estate

Robert Thomson sees China emerging with a strong middle class
  • News Corp executive Robert Thomson explains his thoughts on world markets, the future of digital content, and his happiness upon receiving a $120M check from Zillow.

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Robert Thomson   SAN FRANCISCO -- When it comes to the media's view on real estate, there are few who are able to see the world through such a broad lens at Robert Thomson, chief executive at News Corp. The journalist-turned-exec sat down with Brad Inman to discuss how world politics can and are affecting real estate. The end of the discussion concluded with Inman asking Thomson about his thoughts on the recent lawsuit settlement between Zillow and Move Inc. "Are you happy the lawsuit is over?" Inman asked. "We came to a very amicable agreement, and it was obviously very amicable from our side because they paid us a lot of money," Thomson responded. Move Inc. filed a lawsuit against Zillow in March 2014 for misappropriation of trade secrets. Thomson, nay Robert Dell'Oro Thomson, has been in the media world since 1983. Four years after being hired by the The Sydney Morning Herald in his homeland Australia, Thomson was covering Peking University student protests i...