Here's an interesting read. It's an email conversation between Steve Jobs, Eddy Cue (APL), James Murdoch (NC) and Brian Murray (NC). Basically Apple and NewsCorp. This email conversation has been released due to a lawsuit regarding fixed pricing on e-books.
The timing on these negotiations, 5 days before the first iPad was announced, is fantastic. Imagine all the work needed to be done in order to make arrangements on this for Apple in such a short notice. I'm willing to bet Steve deliberately waited a day answering James Murdoch and going in for the kill. His words:
Must've closed that deal for them. Read the full article here, it's worth a read! If you're interested in that sorta stuff.