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Wired Offers Latest iPad Issue for Free

Wired is offering its newest iPad issue – which will go on sale sometime today – for free. According to Peter Kafka, it comes packed with new features too, including social network sharing tools, and a partnership with Amazon.com that lets users purchase items written about in the magazine, right in the app.

Offering the app for free is a great way to build some buzz, and maybe Wired is doing this because downloads have declined since it first launched the app a year ago. But who knows, perhaps the gimmick will work and once people get a taste they’ll keep coming back for more. Like Jay-Z once said, “Let em test the product, give em a promo show, just a breeze, not enough to catch a real vibe, then we drop a maxi single and charge ‘em two for five.”

Or something like that.

Condé Nast to Raise Prices of iPad GQ and Vanity Fair

In an effort to push consumers toward eventually purchasing subscriptions rather than single issues of its iPad magazines, Condé Nast is going to raise the price of GQ and Vanity Fair in the next few weeks.

Peter Kafka says that GQ will go from $2.99 to $4.99 an issue and Vanity Fair will go from $3.99 to $4.99. The price increase comes in connection with Condé Nast moving their iPad publishing system to one created by Adobe, rather than the current one that is produced in-house. Readers will be asked to download the new app when it becomes available.

Wanting to shift consumers to subscriptions is a good idea, but there’s one (big) little problem, says Kafka:

But that’s not going to be happening at iTunes anytime soon, because none of the big magazine publishers have shown any inclination to accept Apple’s subscription rules — at least for titles they’re already selling in paper form.

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Time Inc. Has Plans for Google’s Android

Yesterday FishbowlNY told you about Time Inc. launching digital subscriptions through the new HP tablet,  and today Peter Kafka is saying that Time will also be announcing a deal with Google for a digital subscription of Sports Illustrated.

Citing a source within Time, Kafka says the magazine will be available for downloading via the Google Android platform, and that more brands will be added as time goes on.

Time Inc. Teams with HP Tablet for Digital Subscriptions

The thing on the right is HP’s new tablet, the TouchPad, which might not matter much to you until we tell you this: Time Inc. is going to offer digital subscriptions through it on four of its major titles – Sports Illustrated, Time, People and Fortune. See – we told you it mattered. Those are some big guns. Big guns that Apple wasn’t able to secure, says Peter Kafka.

FishbowlNY told you back in January how Time Inc. and a variety of other publishing houses have been working on a tablet app store in which to sell digital subscriptions, and with this news, it appears the plan is coming closer to fruition.

Somewhere, Steve Jobs is ironing a black turtleneck and furrowing his brow.

Sarah Chubb Leaving Condé Nast

Peter Kafka is reporting that Sarah Chubb, President of Condé Nast Digital, is leaving the company after 20 years. Chubb is apparently moving on to pursue other opportunities. Bob Sauerberg commented on her departure in a company-wide memo:

After a wonderful 20-year career at Condé Nast, Sarah Chubb has decided it’s time to explore other opportunities. As we all know, there is a huge amount of energy and excitement in the digital world right now—and Sarah is interested in pursuing the next phase of her career.

Sarah has been a transformational force at Condé Nast and the media business as a whole. I am sure you will all join me in thanking Sarah for her many valuable contributions, congratulating her on her success and wishing her the best of luck as she moves ahead.

Sarah asked me to share her thoughts with you: ‘CN is the premier company in the industry and I have truly loved my job here. I am also tremendously proud of the contributions that my team and I have made to the Company. While the challenges of an exciting new world beckon me, I know that CN is set up exceptionally well for the future.’

In the coming weeks, we will name a successor to continue the outstanding work in digital growth and innovation.

More Rumors for The Daily’s Date

The last we heard The Daily was supposed to launch next Monday, the 17th. That date was reported by Peter Kafka. Now Jeff Bercovici is claiming that next Wednesday, the 19th, will be the day for The Daily. Bercovici says he recieved this date from a News Corp insider, and claims that a spokesperson declined to comment on if this information was correct. There’s also a website for The Daily now, and Bercovici adds, plenty of impatient writers:

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.

It looks like no matter what, sometime next week the world will be blessed with the first iPad-only newspaper. Great job by Kafka and Bercovici getting this information out, but sadly, no one has been able to answer FishbowlNY’s only question: Will The Daily feature the zany antics of Marmaduke?

The Daily Reportedly Launching January 17th

Peter Kafka at All Things D is reporting that The Daily, the iPad-only newspaper from Rupert Murdoch and News Corp. is going to launch Monday, January 17th.

The premiere date for the highly-anticipated digital newspaper has been swirling around the blogosphere for quite some time, but Kafka says “multiple sources” have relayed this information to him.

We’ve got $50 that says Murdoch puts his own face on the cover of the first issue.

Trend List: iPhones Out…Like Really Out

iphone3g-australia.jpgWhile we’re busy talking about e-readers like the Kindle and Apple’s Tablet, being the future of portable, multi-platform technology, we might also want to start digging under our couches for our old, non-smartphone. Because in response to data congestion of AT&T’s service for iPhones in New York City that has been going on all month, the phone company’s solution has reportedly been to stop selling the phone to New Yorkers.

According to one report, New Yorkers are just “not ready” for the iPhone, at least according to Apple’s on own tech support group, which Consumerist writer Laura Northrop called yesterday.

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Partytime With The Atlantic

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Last night, members of the New York media gathered to toast The Atlantic and the incredible year the publication — and its parent company — have had.

There was plenty to celebrate. This year, the title reported a 16 percent increase in advertising revenue, thanks to a 115 percent increase in digital revenue. Events and subscription revenues also saw a boost, with digital subscription revenues climbing 158 percent. What’s more, 2009 saw the launch of the company’s new digital property, The Atlantic Wire, as well as politics, business and food channels on TheAtlantic.com.

“We had such an incredible year,” publisher Jay Lauf told us last night.

And there were plenty of people on hand last night to celebrate that year with Lauf and The Atlantic‘s president Justin Smith, including Glynnis MacNicol and Rachel Sklar of Mediaite.com, All Things D‘s Peter Kafka, John Carney of Silicon Alley Insider, New York Times reporter Brian Stelter and PRNewser editor Joe Ciarallo.

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Peter Kafka Talks “Hulu For Magazines” On The Menu

mmm_2-3.gifTechnology and the media converged today on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast, when host Jason Boog of GalleyCat and Joe Ciarallo of PRNewser welcomed Peter Kafka, tech and media writer for the blog AllThingsD.com.

Jason and Joe picked Pete’s brain about a few of the things he’s been covering closely, including the joint venture between the biggest magazine publishers that he’s been calling “Hulu for Magazines.” Joe asked Pete for his thoughts on the recent press release officially announcing the project.

“They haven’t launched a thing,” Pete said. “All they’ve really done is said, ‘We have an idea, which we’ve agreed to, which is that we’re going to band together and work on distribution and sales of these products that don’t exist yet.’…But really the most important idea really is the fact that they are going to try to control distribution prior to ever building anything.”

“Right now when a magazine actually sells you a subscription they know who you are, they know what your credit card number is, they want all of that,” he went on. “And they want to be able to go to Amazon, Apple and Google for that matter and say, ‘Look, if you want to sell these magazines, you’re going to need to work through us and we’re going to set prices and we’re going to control that relationship.’ That is the most important thing right now.”

Also discussed: Vevo, Boxee, Google and the dueling Wall Street Journal op-eds from Rupert Murdoch and Google CEO Eric Schmidt. Read more of Peter’s thoughts every day at AllThingsD.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

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