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    Rupert Murdoch and Steve Jobs Joining Forces to Create iNewspaper


    The Guardian reports that News Corp head Rupert Murdoch and Apple CEO Steve Jobs are planning to announce a new digital newspaper called the Daily by the end of November. According to The Guardian, Jobs and Murdoch have secretly been working on the project in New York for the past few months, which would see the first newspaper in the world to be designed exclusively for tablets such as the iPad.

    Of course many newspapers already have their own iPhone and iPad versions, but the Daily would differ from these in that it would have no print or web presence, and would be a solely digital publication. With no printing or distribution costs, the Daily, which would be focused on US news, would retail for as little as $0.99/£0.62 per week.

    The Guardian piece refers to additional reporting on the subject in Womanís Wear Daily which says that the Daily will be based on the 26th floor of News Corpsí New York offices, and that 100 journalists have already been employed to work on the paper, including the Sunís online editor, Pete Picton.

    Apparently Murdoch had the initial idea for the digital-only Daily after reading in a survey that readers spent more time reading articles and content on their iPad than they did on the Internet.

    Source: The Guardian

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    Unless Apple have secured some kind of agreement that allow them to maintain the editorial policy, this is *not* any kind of good news.

    Uncle Rupert is notorious for editorial interference and for causing supposed news stories to take an angle aimed at fomenting political disaffection and presenting a particular and patently unfair position to the exclusion of the real, total truth.

    I do not take this well, and it causes me to reconsider my recent switch to Apple products and my abandonment of Microsoft.

    This is not a good sign for the Apple community. Not at all.
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    My comments are personal, and are not a reflection of the position of the Commonwealth Secretariat or the Commonwealth Foundation, although they have been the victims of News Corp at various points in their history.
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    I have a lot of respect for Steve, especially after his Stanford address, but this is flirting with the dark side...

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    Quote Originally Posted by George Knighton View Post
    Unless Apple have secured some kind of agreement that allow them to maintain the editorial policy, this is *not* any kind of good news.

    Uncle Rupert is notorious for editorial interference and for causing supposed news stories to take an angle aimed at fomenting political disaffection and presenting a particular and patently unfair position to the exclusion of the real, total truth.

    I do not take this well, and it causes me to reconsider my recent switch to Apple products and my abandonment of Microsoft.

    This is not a good sign for the Apple community. Not at all.

    I agree, George. That will be one "news" app I won't be purchasing.


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