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Posts Tagged ‘Rupert Murdoch’

DOJ Cites Jobs Murdoch Email Exchange in eBook Collusion Case

The US Department of Justice  has filed a new document in the Apple eBook antitrust lawsuit. The filing includes an email sent from Apple’s founder Steve Jobs to Rupert Murdoch, head of News Corporation, the owner of HarperCollins, one of the publishers named in the original complaint.

The Verge has the story: “In the email, Jobs told Murdoch he could either continue to have Amazon price ebooks at $9.99, or ‘throw in with Apple and see if we can all make a go of this to create a real mainstream ebooks market at $12.99 and $14.99.’”

While all of the five publishers in the eBook collusion have settled with the DOJ and agreed to terms that would prevent future collusion, Apple continues to fight the case.

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News Corporation Closes The Daily

News Corporation has closed The Daily, its app-based news magazine. Founding editor-in-chief Jesse Angelo has been named publisher of The New York Post.

The Daily iPad will end on December 15, 2012, but the company will continue some of the reporting in other avenues. The company noted that “some staff” will find work at The Post.

Rupert Murdoch had this statement in the release: “From its launch, The Daily was a bold experiment in digital publishing and an amazing vehicle for innovation. Unfortunately, our experience was that we could not find a large enough audience quickly enough to convince us the business model was sustainable in the long-term. Therefore we will take the very best of what we have learned at The Daily and apply it to all our properties. Under the editorial leadership of Editor-in-Chief Col Allan and the business and digital leadership of Jesse, I know The New York Post will continue to grow and become stronger on the web, on mobile, and not least, the paper itself. I want to thank all of the journalists, digital and business professionals for the hard work they put into The Daily.”

British Teen Is The Mastermind Behind Top Selling News App

Seventeen year-old Nick D’Aloisio is the brains behind a new iOS app for reading news called Summly, a tool that summarizes top headlines for quick reading. The free app lets readers browse headlines along with concise summaries of the stories.

The teenager has raised more than $1 million for his app from supporters including Rupert Murdoch and Stephen FryBBC News has more: “Mr D’Aloisio took time off school to develop his idea for a smartphone application that offers summaries of existing news stories published on the net. The free-to-download app uses algorithms to process news stories into summaries which users can then swipe to see in full if they wish.”

Version 2.0 of the app debuted in iTunes on November 1st and in a matter of hours ranked in the Top Ten apps for news apps. It is currently No. 11 in the free news apps category.

The Daily Free Trial Subscription To Continue

Reports are coming in that Rupert Murdoch‘s The Daily will continue its free trial for the near future. A specific end date has not been named, but it is known that Verizon will continue as the sponsor. Reports elsewhere have put the date as March 9th, but this has not been confirmed.

The extension is reportedly due to continuing technical problems. paidContent.org has an interview with publisher Greg Clayman: “We want to continue buffing it. I think everyone should. The best part of the interaction with our readers is going back and forth, getting a lot of feedback. We want to keep making it better.”

In fact, the ongoing technical problems are why The Daily didn’t launch on the original date of January 19th.

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Angry Birds Release Valentine’s Day Version Of App

Watch out Rupert Murdoch, Angry Birds has a new Valentine’s Day version of its game. The popular game, which often beats out eBook and media apps on the iPad and iPhone, and which Murdoch said his new app The Daily is competing against, has 15 new levels designed for lovers.

The new levels are romantic themed and include Bing and Facebook integration, which lets players send Angry Birds-themed Valentine’s Day cards to your Facebook friends.

The Angry Birds Valentine edition can be downloaded as part of the Angry Birds Season app for $1.99.

Rupert Murdoch’s iPad-Only News App May Launch 1/19

New Corp.’s the iPad-only publication called The Daily is rumored to launch on January 19th. While New Corp. has declined to give out details, Rupert Murdoch reportedly told some reporters at CES about this launch date.

Forbes.com has more: “The debut can’t come soon enough for The Daily’s staffers, who for weeks have been engaged in full-scale dry runs, cranking out dummy issues for what I’ve been told is a distribution list of 1,000 privileged readers…. Some of that content presumably consists of features that can be banked, but a lot of it is news, meaning its sell-by date will long have passed by the time The Daily goes live.”

The upcoming news app already has a landing page at www.thedaily.com, which reads “Coming Soon.”