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News Corporation's tablet and smartphone-only publication The Daily, which first debuted on Apple's iPad, has reportedly been put "on watch" as its parent company restructures and looks to cut costs.

The details come from "internal rumors" at News Corp., according to the New York Observer, which reported this week that the status of The Daily will be reassessed after the U.S. elections on Nov. 6. The iPad-centric tabloid was said to be losing $30 million a year in its current state.

The Daily debuted on the iPad in early 2011, and brought about in-app subscriptions on Apple's iOS App Store. The digital-only publication costs 99 cents per week, or $39.99 per year, and covers hard news, business, Hollywood gossip, sports, technology and more.

Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, was on-hand with News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch in 2011 to unveil and launch The Daily for iPad. He said it was "incredible" that a publication of its kind, with interactive features and exclusive content, could be produced on a daily basis for the iPad.

The Daily remained exclusive to Apple's iPad for a year, before debuting early this year to some Android-powered tablets, such as the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The publication also debuted on Apple's iPhone with a cheaper subscription option of $19.99 per year in May.

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Since its launch, The Daily has been the source of some Apple-related rumors and scoops, most notably a claim that a version of Microsoft Office is coming to the iPad. While the publication even showed a screenshot of Office for iPad and claimed it was completed, it has yet to be released, with a Nov. 10 launch date reportedly set.
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Is it just me? Why pay for on-line news subscriptions services?

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And of course when this goes under, it will be heralded as the iPad's failure. The iPad has failed, otherwise this magazine would have succeeded. And then everyone will pull their magazines from the iPad.

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Yeah, dinosaur sex. We really want to see that. Thanks, AI.
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And of course when this goes under, it will be heralded as the iPad's failure. The iPad has failed, otherwise this magazine would have succeeded. And then everyone will pull their magazines from the iPad.

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Kate Upton. Nuff said.

Might just be me, but I don't find her attractive. I do appreciate her not being an anorexic psych job, however. That's the wrong image to project.

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Yeah, dinosaur sex. We really want to see that. Thanks, AI.
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And of course when this goes under, it will be heralded as the iPad's failure. The iPad has failed, otherwise this magazine would have succeeded. And then everyone will pull their magazines from the iPad.

 

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Well, thank you!

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Yeah, dinosaur sex. We really want to see that. Thanks, AI.

 

That's exactly what I was thinking.

 

It couldn't possibly be the content which is causing failure -- it must be the medium.

 
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Celebrity sex, political smear, dinosaur sex. Yep, that's a News Corp publication all right.

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By far one of the most biased right-winged news sources I have ever seen. At one point they had obama shooting rainbows out of his hands as one of their covers.

Not to mention I had to log in 10 times a day before they acknowledged that I did indeed have a subscription with them.

I don't recommend them at all.
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I tried the Daily...and although a valiant effort, it was not for me.

 

I do love my iPad...and I thought I would be getting all my magazines online. I thought it a responsible choice...no paper, no toxic ink, no bleach in the water to make the paper white and no trucks/oil to deliver them.

 

But I must say, I prefer WSJ, local newspaper, Time, Foreign Affairs, MacWorld, Food & Wine, AZ Hwys, etc. delivered via the mail than on my iPad. 

 

Sorry.

 

P.S. Fareed Zakaria's GPS is the most intelligent show on Television, CNN. The Diane Rehm Friday News Roundup (Domestic & International) podcast is the best podcast.  Frontline, Nova are really good too.

 

Really recommend watching Nova on the Air France 447 disaster, they had it pegged years before the inquires final report! :)

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkjaHI8COWE

 

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Yeah, dinosaur sex. We really want to see that. Thanks, AI.
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And of course when this goes under, it will be heralded as the iPad's failure. The iPad has failed, otherwise this magazine would have succeeded. And then everyone will pull their magazines from the iPad.

I suspect that it's simply a matter of an early adopter who expected profits right off the bat. Some day, much of our information will come from devices like the iPad and print magazines will fade away. Considering that the iPad is only a couple of years old, it's not surprising that we haven't reached critical mass, yet.
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Might just be me, but I don't find her attractive. I do appreciate her not being an anorexic psych job, however. That's the wrong image to project.

Do you have a pulse?

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Do you have a pulse?

Just me, then. lol.gif

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I wouldn't pay a dime to the parent of working class destruction and the home of phone hacking.

 

Murdoch admits he only became an American citizen to take over our media. Newscorp should be shut down, worldwide.

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Perhaps the demographic buying iPads don't by enlarge represent the News Corp's ideal target audience. I'd like to think most of us believe the world is not the center of the solar system and has been around longer than 6,000 yrs! I could wrong but I'm hoping.
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The right wing slant was a turn off. The smart move would have been the unbiased approach. I'm glad to see that I'm not alone and didn't continue to support this new medium.

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i enjoyed the daily during my month free trial - very nice on the retina iPad, but i have flipboard to aggregate news, design, tech, style, etc...

fo free.
 

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I was a regular reader of The Daily for awhile over a few separate time periods. I actually really liked the idea (and was addicted to the crossword puzzle), but yeah, the right-wing slant just kept turning me away.

I really wanted to like it though. Makes me wonder if a more neutral Daily-like magazine could succeed.
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The right wing slant was a turn off. The smart move would have been the unbiased approach. I'm glad to see that I'm not alone and didn't continue to support this new medium.

 

Not only right wing, but also fluff and nothing interesting.  I prefer quality content.  National Geographic really shows off well on the new iPad's retina display.

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Is it just me? Why pay for on-line news subscriptions services?

While I thought that, too, a better question is "How much are they spending to bring people this app?"  Losing $30 million?  That's NET after subscription income is deducted!  

 

How much are they paying their programmers?

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Rupert Murdoch is poison to anything he touches, and an anathema to progression. I wouldn't touch one of News Corps apps, or content with any device.
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Kate Upton. Nuff said.

Might just be me, but I don't find her attractive. I do appreciate her not being an anorexic psych job, however. That's the wrong image to project.

All right, then what about the female dinosaur? She has a sweet smile.

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Is it just me? Why pay for on-line news subscriptions services?

 

Because it has value? Do you feel everything "on-line" should be free because it's digital? Does holding something physical in your hand make you feel better about handing over cash for it?

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All right, then what about the female dinosaur? She has a sweet smile.

I only find sentience attractive.

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Keep taking the tablets

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Glad to see another Murdoch rag going down the toilet.

 

Now if the UK or US authorities could just arrest, prosecute and stick him in prison where he belongs that would be a cause for celebration.

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Good riddance I say. Wish all of NewsCorp news TV/papers goes down the toilet where they belong.
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The "1.0" Daily app (the one publicised by Apple) was very slow and buggy. It's better now but I wonder if they ever recovered from that poor launch?
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All right, then what about the female dinosaur? She has a sweet smile.

 

A smile is the sexiest thing you can wear. 

 

Dang I didn't know I was missing out on dino-porn.

 

Why is cutting costs the first step (or likely it is not)? Why not find ways to increase subscription rates. perhaps even by lowering the subscription rate. Didn't Apple effectively prove that you could make a lot of money by selling digital copies of your content at low low prices? 

 

I do have a number of magazine subscriptions - some of which are likely more than the daily - but it would seem that a lower price would attract more customers. or maybe some option to buy the yearly subscription at a discount. 

 

I am not sure how some magazines stay in business (selling ad space I guess), two of mine that I originally got to help the kid's school drive for about $30 a year sent me a renewal for 1 year at $5 per title. of course they are very popular mags with millions of subscribers - maybe tens of millions. 

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I enjoy the Daily. The price is right in comparison to the excellent WSJ and NYT apps. The design and responsiveness have improved greatly since it was introduced. I do think the unsubtle editorial voice bleeding through to the news section has cost it some readers. Plus the gossip section has become the entertainment section. There are some really good stories in the Daily and some great opinions, but you have to wade through a great deal of fluff to find them. Thankfully the new index makes it very easy to read just the stories you want to.

 

On the whole, I prefer the shameless enviro-preaching of Popular Science to the gossip and sports-heavy Daily. If they go under that gives me more time to read Zite, Flipboard, SkyGrid, USA Today, Pulse, and River of News (all of which are free).

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