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On Wednesday, News Corporation announced the launch of The Daily — the first-ever newspaper designed exclusively for the Apple iPad. Your local newspaper may be out of business sooner than you thought.

News Corp Launches First Daily Newspaper For The iPad
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You’re probably one of the mobile people. The folk who can’t live without an electronic, transmitting/receiving doo-hickey emanating digital pulses from your pocket. You’re not alone. Billions are getting their news from the internet. Print is a dying industry, with several well-known and pre-internet profitable newspapers closing up shop because they just can’t keep up with the lightening fast delivery of a smartphone app.

The latest death knell of the newspaper industry came this week as News Corp Chairman Rupert Murdoch unveiled a new iPad exclusive periodical. The move will likely prove momentous for digital media and journalism as publishers look to e-readers as exclusive news delivery systems. News Corp owns Fox, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Post — and if that isn’t enough of an indication that The Daily will lean conservative, an unsigned editorial included in the first edition should get rid of any doubt:

“[The Daily] will push for policies that give Americans the maximum possible freedom in their personal lives. [The editors] don’t believe that expanding government is the solution to most problems.”

The e-paper (iPaper?) will publish new issues 365 days a year, and will cost readers 99 cents a week (or $39 a year).

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