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Code leak provides early glimpse at The Daily for iPad

updated 03:05 pm EST, Thu January 13, 2011

Publication may be heavy on photos, shared media

Some early content information has leaked on The Daily, the iPad-centric News Corp. publication expected to be announced on January 19th. The website associated with the app -- thedaily.com -- is said to contain a number of secrets hidden in its source code, most notably a graphic depicting two photo-heavy pages from the app featuring Oprah Winfrey and Brett Favre, respectively. These may simply be mockups, as the Daily team has allegedly been creating sample issues for several weeks.

One section in the code is labeled the "Story Carousel," with forward and back buttons presumably meant to scroll through articles. Another area is titled "Share Links," said to suggest the possibility of sharing via Twitter, Facebook, Digg, Reddit or Newsvine. A "Footer" section contains links to icons for Twitter and Facebook as well as Vimeo and YouTube.

A Javascript file in the source code is said to indicate an embedded video player. Along with the Vimeo and YouTube links, this may suggest that News Corp. intends to spread Daily video and/or other content beyond the app. The scope of material available on the website is likely to be limited however, as the goal is to lure people into an iPad subscription.




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