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Hold the front page for ETERNITY: Murdoch kills The Daily

Rupert Murdoch is closing The Daily, the world's first iPad-only newspaper, less than two years after its grand launch. The press baron's News Corp worked closely with Apple to develop the title, which went on sale in February 2011 some nine months after the iPad itself made its debut. The original circulation target was 500, …
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Brussels looks set to OK Apple e-book collusion deal, sources say

Brussels officials have reportedly indicated that a settlement deal proposed by Apple and four of the publishers in Europe's competition probe into ebooks price-fixing with be accepted by the Commission. According to Reuters, which cites two unnamed sources, an offer from Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, the …
Team Register, 6 Nov 2012
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Newsweek succumbs to ad slippage, will kill print pub

Citing "the challenging print advertising environment," Newsweek – which will turn 80 next year – has announced that it is canning its print publication and transforming itself into a single, worldwide digital edition, Newsweek Global. "Newsweek will transition to an all-digital format in early 2013," wrote The Newsweek Daily …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Oct 2012
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Experts troll 'biggest security mag in the world' with DICKish submission

Updated Security researchers have taken revenge on a publishing outlet that spams them with requests to write unpaid articles – by using a bogus submission to satirise the outlet's low editorial standards. Hakin9 rather grandly bills itself as the "biggest IT security magazine in the world", published for 10 years, and claims to have …
John Leyden, 5 Oct 2012
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Graun Aid: Don't They Know It's Christmas 2.0?

Competition Earlier this week we reported Guardian veteran David Leigh's big idea to save his job the British newspaper industry. The Seventies throwback proposed that every broadband subscriber in the country should pay ten per cent more for their internet, around £2 a month, with money going to dead tree media based on their web …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Sep 2012
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High-energy physics opens up

The Higgs boson isn’t the only win CERN can point to this year: the organization that runs the Large Hadron Collider has overcome a political challenge to match its physics: helping provide open access to the entire field of high-energy physics. In a deal brokered by CERN and the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access …
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E-books get Brits reading more

Sales of e-books are soaring in the UK, but they're not yet completely cannibalising sales of dead tree formats. According to the UK's Publishers' Association (PA) sales of e-book fiction during the first six months of 2012 - before the summer holiday, you'll note - were up 188 per cent on the same period in 2011. Non-fiction …
Tony Smith, 18 Sep 2012
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Net publishing happens in the server AND the eyeball, says EU Bot

Online publishing of information takes place both in the location from where the information is served and the location where it is read, an advisor to Europe's highest court has said. Advocate General Yves Bot said the internet was a complex communications network and that the High Court in the UK had been wrong to determine …
OUT-LAW.COM, 26 Jun 2012
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Elsevier's backpedalling not stopping scientist strike

Dutch publishing house Elsevier is facing increasing pressure from the scientific community, with the company's 2,000 journals now being blacklisted by over 8,600 academics. In January, following an angry blog post by British mathematician Tom Gowers, academics started to sign a public petition refusing to submit, edit, or …
Iain Thomson, 20 Mar 2012
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Apple to stage New York education event next week

Apple has sent out media invitations to a launch event in New York on January 19 that will announce a new initiative aimed at the education sector. Cupertino is being typically mum about the content, saying only that it is an “education event” and will kick off at 10am Eastern time at the city’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. …
Iain Thomson, 12 Jan 2012
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Books biz talks up Kindle effect

Digital book sales in the UK rose 38 per cent last year, but they still represent a drop in the ocean. The year saw £120m in reported digital sales out of total sales of £3.1bn reported to the Publishers Association: accounting for just under 4 per cent. The book market here is actually a larger than that – the Association …
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Rhapsody bristles at Apple subscription grab

Apple's subscription scheme, introduced yesterday, extends to all online content, not just newspapers. Movie and music services and ebooks must pay a tithe to Apple, if they're deemed to be bringing in new customers via the Jobsian platform. Those customers pay a recurring fee. "Our philosophy is simple: when Apple brings a …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Feb 2011
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Murdoch & Co unveil iPad news rag The Daily

News Corp's long-anticipated newsy iPad app, The Daily, has launched in the US. Today it's only on the iPad, but Murdoch & Co plan to expand its reach to other tablets. "New times demand new journalism," News Corporation's chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch announced during The Daily's roll-out event on Wednesday in New York City …
Rik Myslewski, 2 Feb 2011
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Apple clips publishers' wings

Apple is cracking down on applications that provide access to paid content, rejecting anything that looks as though its trying to bypass handing over 30 per cent to Cupertino. Apple gets a 30 per cent cut of anything purchased on the iPhone, or iPad, but iOS applications such as Amazon's Kindle reader and some newspaper …
Bill Ray, 1 Feb 2011
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Apple tightens rules for iPad news delivery

Apple is putting the screws to a handful of European newspapers, no longer allowing them to provide their paid print subscribers with free access to their content through downloads into iPad apps. Whether this is the beginning of a wider crackdown is not yet known. "Apple verandert de regels terwijl het spel bezig is," Gert …
Rik Myslewski, 15 Jan 2011
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Kindle lets users lend e-books to mates via email

Amazon is allowing Kindle users to lend a book to a mate, but the UK Publishers Association reckons e-book borrowers should get down the library. The new feature allows e-books bought for the Kindle platform to be lent out for 14 days, delivered by email and springing back to their owners automatically as detailed by Amazon, …
Bill Ray, 6 Jan 2011
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Google to be bookseller by summer

Google has confirmed it will enter the retail digital book business, with the launch of an online store called Google Editions by July. Google Editions will also be available as a B2B service, allowing third-party retailers to sell eBooks on their own websites. There's no word yet of any deals, and a company spokesman didn't …
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Google boss tells newspapers he feels their pain

Not content with being the CEO of an ad-selling, phone-punting, operating-system-developing, online-apps-hosting, tablet-designing, and search-providing megacorp, Eric Schmidt apparently believes he's also a newspaper publisher. "We're all in this together," Schmidt was quoted by the Associated Press as having told the ink- …
Rik Myslewski, 13 Apr 2010

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