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Rupert Murdoch thinks that the iPad is the beginning of the future of media. Steve Jobs agrees. That's why—according to WWD's sources—News Corp. is releasing an iPad-only newspaper called The Daily. Created with Apple's help, says the Guardian:

According to reports, there will be no "print edition" or "web edition"; the central innovation, developed with assistance from Apple engineers, will be to dispatch the publication automatically to an iPad or any of the growing number of similar devices.


The "central innovation" sounds a lot like Push, but I can imagine them implementing something within the application itself. A push that will update the front page or section content and layouts dynamically, as hotter news arrive straight from the news room. Just like this:

Murdoch's minions have been working on this tablet-only newspaper for a long time, putting one of his stars at the helm of the new venture: Jesse Angelo, the managing editor of the New York Post. Angelo has been handpicking top editors and writers to create The Daily which, according to sources close to the project, will be a "tabloid sensibility with a broadsheet intelligence."


The new tablet-only newspaper would use the new App Store subscription model at 99 cents a week, about $4.25 per month. The app may go in beta this December, while WWD suggests that Murdoch himself could join Steve Jobs on its 2011 public presentation.

Knowing that Jobs and Murdoch have good relations—and knowing how mad Jobs has been at his dear New York Times—it all sounds pretty reasonable to me—even if both characters have completely different political views. [WWD via The Guardian]


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