Low readership numbers blamed for 'The Daily' closure
News Corporation is shuttering its digital-only newspaper, The Daily, as part of the company's organizational changes. The date of its last publication, December 15th, will be just two months before the second anniversary of the iPad-only publication's creation. The primary motivation behind the closure has been revealed to be its unprofitability, caused through consistently low readership numbers.
Marks failure of iPad-focused publication to catch on
News Corporation publication The Daily is laying off almost a full third of its workers, according to sources for AllThingsD, which is owned by the same parent company. That translates into about 50 people, who are expected to get their job loss notices today. The editorial and sports departments are said to be taking the biggest hits, although "skeletal" coverage in those areas will remain. Other affected departments are said to include the design and production teams.
Tablet-based news app said to be losing millions
News Corporation may be on the verge of shutting down The Daily, according to a source in contact with the New York Observer. The publication has allegedly been put "on watch" because of ongoing financial losses totaling about $30 million per year. Its fate is expected to be reevaluated after the US Presidential elections on November 6th.
iPad edition includes free iPhone access
News Corp. publication The Daily is now available as an iPhone app. The magazine originally launched last year as iPad-only content, also inaugurating in-app subscriptions at the App Store. With the iPhone version readers have the option of cheaper subscriptions, priced at $2 a month, or $20 a year.
App Store, Infinity Blade now ultra high res
Last-minute prep for the new iPad's North American launch has seen Apple create a new sub-section (App Store) for the new iPad. The new sub-section, just known as "Great Apps for the new iPad," currently includes about two dozen apps optimized for the new iPad's much higher-resolution screen. Among the examples are Flight Control Rocket, Sketchbook Pro, and Tweetbot.
The Daily migrates away from iPad for first time
Verizon has announced deals to bring a series of prominent apps to Android tablets, such as Slacker Radio. The most important of these, though, may be The Daily, which until now has been iPad-only. It launched in Feburary as a collaboration between Apple and News Corp., inaugurating subscription support for iOS, and News Corp.'s first tablet-only publication.
The Daily iPad newspaper gets little reach
The Daily's readership figures are less than a quarter of what they need to be to break even, Publicis Groupe executive VP John Nitti revealed in a discussion Wednesday. Relaying what it had heard directly from News Corp., the advertiser told Bloomberg that about 120,000 unique readers, which could include those on two-week trials, were being tracked every week. News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch had said during the launch event that about 500,000 were needed to break even.
Facebook music and video sharing unveiled at f8
Facebook continued its string of news at f8 by detailing its media sharing. Part of a new system of verbs that replace the generic Like, it focuses most on music: users can spot someone listening to a song in the live ticker and start listening to the same track. Services will still need to launch the separate app if it exists, but the method will let anyone listen to similar content if it exists in a subscription service.
Spotify finally active in US
Spotify as promised has at last started up service in US. The music streaming provider is currently active in an invite-only beta but has 15 million tracks and the full feature set of its European counterpart. It includes an expanded free service with ads, a $5 Unlimited monthly plan that gives full streaming on the web, and a $10 Premium plan that gives full access on Android, iOS, and other devices like Sonos and Logitech Squeezebox systems.
New York Post tries to push iPad owners to app
The New York Post took a risky move to try and push iPad readers to its native iPad app. Those who try to visit the home page from mobile Safari, even from an alternate link, are redirected to a page linking to the app. Desktop users and even other mobile platforms, like Android, don't face the same limit.
The Daily, Amazon Windowshop among offenders
Many iPad apps are failing to provide intuitive interfaces, or not compensating for the limits of fingers, a Nielsen Norman Group study claims. The firm tested 16 people who had already owned iPads for two months, asking them to perform tasks in selected apps as well as some websites. Among the tasks were finding a story in The Daily they could easily return to, listening to the last Science Friday episode in the NPR app, and finding a birthday gift for themselves on Amazon.
The Daily loses 10m in first quarter on sale
News Corp. during its results call on Wednesday revealed that it had chewed through $10 million in losses for The Daily's first quarter on the iPad. COO Chase Carey explained the cash outlay as the result of early development, noting that it was "real early days" for the tablet publication. It had been somewhat over a month since it began charging for customers and was popular, but still a "work in progress," he explained.
Long-term prospects yet to be seen
News Corp.'s iPad-only news magazine The Daily is losing traction, says the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. It's currently impossible to gauge the exact performance of the publication, as neither Apple nor News Corp. have released detailed figures. Because of Twitter integration, though, it becomes possible to gauge relative activity.
New York Times makes subscription plans official
(Updated with iTunes app changes) The New York Times on Thursday outlined its long referenced plans to put up a paywall and start offering subscriptions. Everyone will get their first 20 articles per month for free, but further reading will need a monthly subscription. A $15 per month plan offers full web access as well as a smartphone app; $20 per month swaps out the phone for the iPad, and an unusually steep hike to $35 is required to get both phone and iPad use.
Pew says web more popular than newspapers
Pew and the Knight Foundation in a new study has said the web has finally overtaken newspapers as the primary source of news. Internet sources are now only less popular than TV for news, and the gap between the two was "closing," Pew said. About 47 percent of those were getting news from a smartphone or another mobile device, usually for quick info such as traffic and weather.
News Corp confirms extending The Daily trials
News Corp in a talk on Wednesday confirmed some expectations that it would extend trial periods for The Daily. Publisher Greg Clayman said that users would get extensions for 'several more weeks' to help accommodate the problems with the iPad app, including "stability issues" and other unusual behavior. He argued to paidContent that some of the problems would have been difficult to address without a wide-scale test.
The Daily iPad exclusive ends in weeks via Android
News Corp's The Daily could have its iPad exclusivity end in a matter of weeks, sources said Wednesday morning. The periodical jointly announced with Apple should now reach at least one Android tablet sometime in the spring, or no more than four months after it reached the iPad. Whether it would be device-specific or not wasn't mentioned by AllThingsD's contacts; the Wall Street Journal Android app is so far specific to the Galaxy Tab.
Could hint at iOS 4.3 release date
The quickest possible end of The Daily's free subscription period may be coming sooner than expected, a tip to MacNN suggests. A German website recently observed that the deadline had been pushed out to February 28th, well past the shortest planned two-week window. A MacNN reader notes however that he has received in-app notification of a February 23rd cut-off.
iOS 4.3 delayed?
News Corp. has extended the free subscription period for the The Daily through February 28th, notes German site Macerkopf. The new date is listed in the Account Information section of the iPad app. When The Daily first launched on February 2nd, free access was only scheduled to last two weeks.
News Corp runs The Daily Super Bowl ad
(Update: iPad-friendly video) News Corp during the Super Bowl made a first for a tablet magazine with both the first real TV ad (below) for The Daily as well as one the most expensive iPad app marketing efforts to date. The ad is relatively low-key and pushes both the range of content for the iPad magazine as well as its interactivity. Although it uses an iPad throughout its 30 seconds, the commercial notably doesn't make any mention of Apple's hardware by name and just refers to it as a "tablet" magazine.
Design confirms front-facing camera
While News Corp was focusing everyone's attention on its latest iPad app, The Daily, at least one observant attendee reportedly happened to catch a glimpse of a prototype iPad. The device, which was spotted by a Reuters employee, is said to integrate a front-facing camera at the top edge of the glass bezel surrounding the LCD.
We cover News Corp's The Daily iPad event app
News Corp held the introduction of its The Daily iPad publication, which brings with it both daily news for the tablet and iTunes in-app subscriptions. Apple's Internet Services VP Eddy Cue guest hosted along with News Corp's Rupert Murdoch. Check after the story break for updates as they happened in reverse chronological order.
Heralds in-app subscriptions
Media conglomerate News Corp. has formally launched The Daily, an iPad-only news publication. The app is described as an "all-media" offering, combining text, photo, video and interactive elements. The latter includes things such as a special weather and sports trackers, integrated Twitter feeds, and 360-degree panoramas. Articles can be shared via Twitter, Facebook or e-mail.
New York Times News.me to take on iPad Daily
The New York Times today gave an early look at its rough parallel to News Corp.'s imminent The Daily iPad app. News.me, co-developed by betaworks, would take more of its cues from Flipboard and curate content from Twitter. Along with formatting articles from the reader's own feed, the iPad reader alternative would see recommendations for those being followed and show what they might like, not necessarily what they're already reading.
Backs Apple subscription support
Sources who have "gotten up close" with the publication are offering an early glimpse at The Daily, which is formally launching tomorrow. The iPad app is said to have a mix of conventional and enhanced digital news stories, the latter sporting videos, interactive graphics and/or photos that can be zoomed and swiped. Some articles may have virtually no text.
The Daily official for Feb 2 with Apple's Eddy Cue
Apple and News Corp. today fulfilled expectations and sent out invitations to the launch of The Daily. The two will unveil the iPad-specific publication at New York City's Guggenheim museum on February 2 at 11AM. Steve Jobs' medical leave has put Apple Internet Services VP Eddy Cue as Apple's co-host while News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch is still scheduled to appear.
May hint at timing of subscription support
The iPad-only publication The Daily should launch "in the next few weeks," according to James Murdoch, son of Rupert Murdoch, and the chairman and CEO of News Corp. for Europe and Asia. The title has been in development for some time, and was originally expected to premiere on the 19th until a last-minute delay. The planned 99-cents-a-week pricetag will lower the barrier for "high quality journalism," Murdoch claims.
News Corp to skip iAd for iPad news source
News Corp.'s delayed The Daily publication will have major ads from the start but won't tap into Apple's own iAds if a slip is accurate. Land Rover, Macy's, Pepsi and Virgin are all reportedly signing onboard for the iPad magazine's first ad run. Despite Apple's rumored direct involvement, though, AdAge heard Medialets would handle the ads instead of Apple's iAd system.
News Corp iPad daily faces last-minute delay
The joint Apple and News Corp. iPad project The Daily has been pushed back just a week before it was due to go live. Sources claimed on Thursday night that the daily tablet news outlet had been set back to help Apple prepare its iTunes subscription plans. The AllThingsD tipsters said the app itself was prepared; it was already known to have been in a dry run phase where editors write only for the test audience.
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.
Jobs may show at News Corp Daily event after all
Apple chief Steve Jobs may show at News Corp's January 19 event after all, sources said today. Citing insiders involved in prep, Yahoo said that plans to have both Jobs and Rupert Murdoch on stage for the iPad-only The Daily publication had been confirmed. The event would take place at the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco's SoMa district but had some flexibility in the date.
News Corp iPad daily rumored for mid-January
News Corp may have narrowed down the launch of its daily iPad publication until mid-January, insiders leaked on Friday. Still thought to have been postponed from this month, The Daily would go live the week of January 17. Tips to AllThingsD also mentioned a purported 3D effect that early access testers were "very excited about."
Rumor has News Corp iPad daily delayed to 2011
The News Corp tablet publication The Daily may not arrive until early next year, sources alleged Friday afternoon. They rebuffed the rumors of a mid-December launch and said it was "more likely" to reach into 2011. What triggered the delay wasn't clear in the Financial Times slip, but Apple supposedly hadn't yet agreed to allow recurring subscriptions.
Report backs recent News Corp. rumors
Apple is already at work on an iOS 4.3 update, which should appear in December, a source claims. The focus of the firmware is expected to be on in-app subscriptions, addressing a long-standing complaint with newspapers and magazines wanting to sell iPad content without charging on per-issue basis. In particular, v4.3 may come shortly after a December 9th announcement of The Daily, a tablet-exclusive publication created by Fox and Wall Street Journal owner News Corp.
News Corp iPad mag may get Apple launch December 9
News Corp's iPad-friendly news source, the Daily, has had its launch details and subscription plans narrowed down in a possible leak this afternoon. An event is reportedly slated for December 9. The date is tentative, but both News Corp's Rupert Murdoch and Apple's Steve Jobs are set to attend, the historically accurate John Gruber claimed.