It seems like Apple and News Corp are indeed in cahoots on The Daily, a new iPad-only newspaper that would be the first support the iTunes subscription billing, and John Gruber says he's hearing December 9 as a potential date for its announcement event. The 9th, he notes, is a Thursday, so it's possible it will get pushed to the week after, perhaps arriving along with the Mac App Store. Is being tepidly excited about two things like the same as being really excited about one? We will find out come December! [Daring Fireball via SAI]