Apple alliance with Murdoch raises troubling questions

Apple alliance with Murdoch raises troubling questions

Summary: Apple is working with Rupert Murdoch's News Inc to create an iPad-only newspaper. Will Apple relax its tight publishing rules? What will it mean for other publishers?

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The UK's Guardian reports: iPad 'newspaper' created by Steve Jobs and Rupert Murdoch | Technology | guardian.co.uk

'The collaboration, which has been secretly under development in New York for several months, promises to be the world's first "newspaper" designed exclusively for new tablet-style computers such as Apple's Apple's iPad, with a launch planned for early next year.

...there will be no "print edition" or "web edition"; the central innovation, developed with assistance from Apple engineers, will be to dispatch the publication automatically to an iPad or any of the growing number of similar devices.

With no printing or distribution costs, the US-focused Daily will cost 99 cents (62p) a week

According to the US elite fashion industry journal Women's Wear Daily, the Murdoch-Jobs "newspaper" will be run from the 26th floor of the News Corp offices in New York, where 100 journalist have been hired...

Apple's alliance with News Corp will ring alarm bells among other newspaper publishers. What isn't clear from the reports is if Apple is providing News Corp. with technology and assistance not available to other companies.

Apple should not get into the content creation business it should remain a neutral distribution platform and maintain a level playing field for all publishers. Apple should make its technology available to all publishers not just News Corp.

Without a web version of the "Daily" its news will only be available to iPad users, which means news and headlines cannot be shared.

This also means Google News and other news aggregators won't be able to list "Daily" news headlines and send traffic. Mr Murdoch has been a vociferous critic of Google and other aggregators.

Bloggers will still be able to write about "Daily" news stories under fair use provisions but they won't be able to link to them. This could result in potentially damaging misinformation campaigns by nefarious third parties if content on the "Daily" can only be verified by iPad subscribers.

There are other potential problems: online ads try to target users across a range of web sites but this won't be possible within the closed system of the iPad. This means ad networks won't be able to operate on the iPad/Daily giving Apple's own ad network a captive customer.

Also: It's not clear if Apple will maintain its veto rights on publishing through its online iTunes store. It has blocked publication of major publications such as Germany's respectable magazine Die Stern because of a nude gallery of photos.

Mr Murdoch's publications include racy tabloids with half-naked "page three girls."

- Will Apple be allowed to censor the content of the "Daily" before publication?

- Will Mr Murdoch allow Steve Jobs to essentially become the Editor of the "Daily"?

- How will Apple be able to monitor for racy content without introducing publication delays when newspapers have such tight deadlines?

Will Mr Murdoch allow Apple to censor the "Daily" at any time it chooses? Or will Apple relax its strict publication rules?

It's either one or the other.

It's a potentially shaky alliance with plenty of room for discord.

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  • RE: Apple alliance with Murdoch raises troubling questions

    Funny, how nefarious things can appear to be when people don't have the facts. How about creating a relationship with people within Fox and Apple and getting the facts rather than presenting your irrational "possibilities"? Whats to stop me from irrationally posting about the possibility of your inability to deliver a quality story based on facts rather than conjecture?
    mrgoodall
    • I was thinking exactly the same thing...

      The author of the piece above is creating his own set of FUD and spreading it here.

      Why not let the publication get started before making judgments about its content?

      Chances are that, if people don't like it and/or don't want to pay for it, that it will be in for a fairly quick death. Furthermore, content in the "newspaper" can be matched by other free sources, and from other tablet manufacturers/vendors. Whatever appears on the "iPad newspaper" will be not be exclusive, especially with so much competition in the tech arena and in the regular information world, aka, the media.
      adornoe
      • RE: Apple alliance with Murdoch raises troubling questions

        @adornoe@...
        "We will, however, challenge you to a discussion, and in a very civil manner. That's where liberals always fail. They don't know how to be civil and they'll react violently, either verbally or physically, against anything the veers from the liberal behavior or ideology."

        good one. your "civil" manner just grouped every single liberal in the world as uncivil and violent. yeah, yours is a reasoned mind.
        sportmac
      • sportmac: It must be very hard going thru life not understanding

        what is meant in a statement unless it's explained in very detailed fashion for you.<br><br>When I state, "That's where liberals always fail.", that's not to say that "all liberals" have those faults. The statement applies to those who are politically and actively involved in the liberal agenda. Most people on the left and on the right are not "activists", and they're not getting involved in the attacks, either verbally or physically.<br><br>Now, is there anything else that I need to help you understand? <br><br>Look, if you're not old enough to understand what is meant, or not intelligent enough to understand without somebody having to break it down for you, then perhaps you shouldn't be involved in adult conversations.<br><br>BTW, your post is out of place and not directly in-line with the original post from mine that you're responding to.

        Here's another example for you to try to help you understand:

        This is just an example, although it might hold a lot of truthfulness in it:

        When conservatives accuse liberals of not understanding "free-market" principles, conservatives are not accusing "all liberals"; it's expected to be applicable to those that set policy and who are leaders in the liberal movement and who also don't believe in the free-market system or don't do what would be appropriate in that free-market system.
        adornoe
    • If it had been the NY Times, the author wouldn't have

      had a problem at all, but Apple is helping Murdoch, the evil antichrist. Saying his name in front of a liberal is like waving a cross in front of a vampire. It's actually kind of fun. Go ahead and try it at a party.
      frgough
      • RE: Apple alliance with Murdoch raises troubling questions

        @frgough Say Soros in front of a Glenn Beck fan... I dare you.
        snoop0x7b
      • snoop0x7b: you have a huge misunderstanding about how conservatices react

        to external stimuli. <br><br>While Soros is not a favorite amongst conservatives or amongst Glenn Beck fans, we don't react violently or with threats. We don't do what the liberals do when Glenn Beck or Sarah Palin is mentioned around them. We will, however, challenge you to a discussion, and in a very civil manner. That's where liberals always fail. They don't know how to be civil and they'll react violently, either verbally or physically, against anything the veers from the liberal behavior or ideology.
        adornoe
      • RE: Apple alliance with Murdoch raises troubling questions

        @adornoe
        Conservatives don't react violently? Tell that to Lauren Valle, head stomp victim, or George Tiller, deceased. Or, for that matter, anyone who has attended a Town Hall meeting with a Democratic Senator or Representative in the last two years.
        scripter
    • RE: Apple alliance with Murdoch raises troubling questions

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  • RE: Apple alliance w/ Murdoch...

    What's troubling is that Apple's first attempt at an exclusive "newspaper" is being done with such a slime bag publisher as Murdoch. <br>Wow, "e-propaganda" for only 99 cents a week? Where do I sign up?
    David in Chelsea, MA
    • RE: Apple alliance with Murdoch raises troubling questions

      @David in Chelsea, MA I suppose you'd rather them link up with the slime balls at MSNBC???
      Tiggster
      • RE: Apple alliance with Murdoch raises troubling questions

        @Tiggster Personally I'd rather them link up with a real news source like NPR... Disliking Fox news for making crap up doesn't mean you like MSNBC, which is almost as bad.
        snoop0x7b
      • Partisan news sucks.

        @Tiggster That's all there is to it.
        nix_hed
    • Trust a liberal to be 100% predictable when confronted

      with something that threatens their world view.
      frgough
      • Trust a neocon or teabagger to do the same thing...

        @frgough ...when MSNBC has the exclusive news app for Windows Phone.
        nix_hed
  • RE: Apple alliance with Murdoch raises troubling questions

    Why not wait to see what it actually looks like and then comment?

    What does it mean for other publishers? Publishers will and always have exploited any distribution vehicle that is successful in gaining and maintaining readership for at least the last hundred years. I wouldn't worry too much about them.

    News publications are localized if not cultural in the kinds of content they present. I wouldn't worry too much about nudity in a North American news daily. LOL

    We are up to our armpits in news publications. Are those in the form of an iPad application going to mean that non-iPad users are missing something?
    CowLauncher
  • RE: Apple alliance with Murdoch raises troubling questions

    The irony of Mr Goodalls' concerns regarding nefarious threadbare reporting and irrational 'possibilities' when it comes to speculative editorial on the actions of Rupert Murdoch is amusing beyond words.
    wideeyedoptimist
  • RE: Apple alliance with Murdoch raises troubling questions

    99 cents for Murdoch propaganda without any page three ?

    Doomed from the start.
    Chipesh
    • RE: Apple alliance with Murdoch raises troubling questions

      @Chipesh Unfortunately, Murdoch's publications are just about the only place you can find fair and balanced news these days. You certainly can't find it on MSNBC, CNN, or the network news.
      Tiggster
      • RE: Apple alliance with Murdoch raises troubling questions

        @Tiggster That was said as a joke, right? Calling Fox News fair and balanced is like calling a 1992 Hyundai a luxury car. MSNBC isn't much better, but at least they don't make a joke of it with an oxymoronic tagline like "fair and balanced"
        wessiafalia