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News Corp's The Daily Is Doomed 246

rsmiller510 writes "After all of the hype, it was surprising how much The Daily, the new News Corp. iPad daily newspaper, looks like a conventional news magazine. Ultimately, though, it's an old model in a new package and as such will fail."
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News Corp's The Daily Is Doomed

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  • GPS enabled (Score:4, Funny)

    by wooferhound ( 546132 ) <tim.wooferhound@com> on Thursday February 03, 2011 @01:33PM (#35092144) Homepage
    I saw a TV interview with Murdoch yesterday, and he was trying to say that the most innovative thing about his iPad News service was it's GPS functionality. Supposedly no matter where you take the thing, it will give you news and weather that is relevant to the area that you are at.
  • by narcc ( 412956 ) on Thursday February 03, 2011 @02:16PM (#35092854) Journal

    Those of us on the web have gotten a free product for years because we've been subsidized by the people who pay for printed and televised versions of the content. That subsidy won't last forever.

    The same thing happened to an old technology called "radio". It's biggest problem was that content produces had no way to bill their listeners. Once they bought a "radio set" they could consume all the free content they wanted!

    Sure, it enjoyed a huge boom in the 1920's, but By the 1940's, all the money dried up and radio became a distant memory.

    If my memory serves me correctly, a similar technology called "television" met the same fate in the 1960's -- To be fair, it never really stood a chance with its short-sighted "give all the content away for free" business model.

    Obscure, I know, but you can find information about them on the web ... for now ...

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