News Corp and Apple holding "The Daily" iPad newspaper launch on Feb. 2nd

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Both Apple and News Corp have sent out invitations to an event on February 2nd where News Corp Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch will be joined by Apple iTunes, App Store, and Internet VP Eddy Cue to launch "The Daily", the long-rumored iPad-only digital newspaper.

The Daily is expected to rely on a new iTunes-based subscription service rumored to be included in iOS 4.3 firmware. Apple released the first iOS 4.3 beta back on January 12th, with beta 2 seeded to devs just a week later -- indicating Apple was on a quicker beta release schedule than normal. So with that in mind, is it possible we could see iOS 4.3 released following the event?

With The Daily now on track for an early February launch, do you think this could help get the newspaper industry back on its feet? Sound off in the comments below!

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wouldn't you rather have your "news" looking pretty and dolled up, with cover flow mumbo jumbo from a sociopath?

If we can buy subscriptions with weekly payments of 99 cents, I think this could signal something exceptional. (Esp. if you can cancel and re-up at will.)
.99 is a sweet point that is easy to spend at. Of course, the Daily and the others that follow, will have to provide good content and be pretty, but the cutting out of the print delivery system will be a real profit driving mechanism that ought to make that possible. I look forward to the brave new world of once again gainfully employed professional journalists (no disrespect to the blogger on this site).
That said, should consumers be required to buy in 26 or 52 week increments, like we can buy traditional papers like the LA Times (for pretty much the same price), it will fall flatter than road kill.

I'd like to know why these subscription based models aren't being put to the iPhone as well. I understand it's not as big as the iPad but if we can have iBooks on the iPhone why not newspapers like this?

I cant wait to have Glen Beck all of my favorite Fox News Leggy Blonds at my IPad fingertips.....so I can then throw my ipad across the room in anger

excellent point. I can see where they're (apple) coming from from a business perspective, but damnnnnn

Wow. If Apple really tries to pull this off and take 30% of the top every publisher, I will not participate. I love my iPhone, but this is going to far. The Economist app is the best I have seen. Every story available in audio. They do no have an Android app yet but they will if apple tries this. I would most likely follow when my contract is up or I am eligible for an upgrade.
This is a story worth following very closely.

Yes, I am not sure how to spin this other than a blatant power grab for subscriber data by Apple. I also find their app quite elegant, and I think they handle subscriptions perfectly. Unless the Daily makes an absolute mint, it is hard to see any other outcome than publishers dropping native apps for HTML5 based webapps, as that subscriber data is too close to their lifeblood for them to leave it to Apple (or anybody else) to control. And that would be a same, because some of these native apps (like the Economist one) are quite good.

I have a great app called early edition, 2.99 in the app store right now. I'ts a great news reader. However I am looking forward to the daily, really wish NY times and Boston Globe will come out with a subscription model

It's too late. The party's almost over. I expect they'll get some subscribers, maybe enough to encourage a few others to try, but eventually nobody will pay for news. Advertising and other revenue streams will have to support news. Of course, free news is about as good as free web searches, with the required bias to support the funding sources. Sadly, that's where we're headed. Cable was commercial-free once upon a time, so were software applications, and now even PBS and NPR are full of commercials. This blog is paid for with advertising and store sales. I do believe advertising is a bubble now, but it's here to stay.

Looks like they got thedaily.com -- a domain name that was originally registered in 1995!

What is what all of these "iPad only/iPhone only" apps and such, this being another? You see a lot of apps written only for the iPhone, as if it's the only smartphone out there, and the only one that can do whatever the app is meant for. Bullfeathers. Android phones can do much, if not all, of the same things, and often-times Blackberry models can as well.
Frankly, as much as I'm a free market economy type, and in fact a Glenn Beck-Rush Limbaugh type, this is an exception. To wit: I think it should be against the law for app writers to only write apps for the iPhone. I think they should be REQUIRED to write them for the Android as well, especially given the open platform that Android offers--or they should be forbidden from writing the app to start with.
LRH