No Longer an App for That
Rupert Murdoch’s less than two-year-old foray into digital-only publishing has officially come to an end with the news that The Daily, News Corp.’s iPad-only magazine, will cease publication on December 15th. Some of The Daily’s assets and 120 employees will transition over to other News Corp. entities; Jesse Angelo, its editor-in-chief, will serve as the new publisher of the New York Post.
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Microsoft Outlook now operates in-browser and is apparently a legitimate Gmail competitor? No flipping desks for Steve Ballmer today. [Wired]
Things are not looking good in iPad mag land. The Daily has laid off a 1/3rd of its staff. [AllThingsD]
Kevin Rose did an AMA, just in time for the release of the new Digg. It got less than 1,000 upvotes and apparently he didn’t actually answer any questions. [Reddit]
Two online poker sites are paying millions in damages following fraud and money laundering charges. Guess the government called their bluff. [New York Times]
Times Square will broadcast the Mars landing on one of those gigantic screens. The space geek in us is currently fighting with the person in us who fucking hates Times Square. [NASA]
UBS lost $356 million in the Facebook IPO. Yikes. [The New York Times]
A cabal of New York media notables has been working on the most secretive editorial product for the iPad since The Daily, and after more than a year in development, it’s out today: Punch!, an “interactive satirical app” styled after a bookshelf lined with games like “Hedge Fund or Organic Farm?” and “Test Your Pop Culture IQ,” is light on substance and heavy on delight. It’s nothing like The Daily, cofounder and creative directory Dany Levy, founder of DailyCandy, told Betabeat.
Every feature, from “Closet Case,” in which you can dress up Rick Santorum like a paper doll, and “Visit the New North Korea,” a theoretical pitch to North Korea’s tourism board, demands swiping. The app has no ads, although its first sponsored content will roll out in conjunction with the Tribeca Film Festival, which is its first sponsor. Eventually, there will be a fee to download, Ms. Levy said.
Local oenophile, investor and The Daily contributor Gary Vaynerchuk announced today he’s retiring after five and a half years of producing “the most! passionate! wine program!” on the internet and the one that launched his career as an author and social media expert.
“It was never in the cards for me to spend my entire career being a ‘wine critic,'” he said, marking the title with air quotes. “But wine will always be a massive part of my life … will I come out with a wine brand one day? Maybe.”
Not everyone was pessimistic about Myspace, writes Dan Primack over at Term Sheet. At least one VC tried hard to wrest control of the company back from News Corp before the media dinosaur could drive it into the ground: Redpoint Ventures partner Geoff Yang, who tripled his money by investing in Myspace months before the acquisition.
At a TechCrunch disrupt panel on impact of tablet computers, Greg Clayman, publisher of News Corp’s iPad only paper, The Daily, tried to sound upbeat.
One of the big challenges for the iPad only paper launched by News Corp. was that its content lived inside the walled garden of an app, which means it doesn’t get picked up in search results, the biggest driver of traffic alongside social. And now it seems like even the social side of readership is falling off, fast.
Gary Vaynerchuk will contribute to The Daily for a video feature called “The Next Wave.” It’s not about wine; it’s about Twitter!
“Beginning this week, best-selling author and radio host, Gary Vaynerchuk, will be an on-camera contributor for The Daily. In this role, he will offer analysis on the latest developments in business, technology and social media trends,” the iPad app announced today.
Rupert Murdoch really wants you to read The Daily, a.k.a. The First iPad Newspaper Ever, on an iPad. There is some free Daily content online, but it wasn’t easy to find—until L.A. writer/entrepreneur Andy Baio figured out a way to extract data from the file downloaded to his iPad and post it Read More