WSJ.com: Kobo, WSJ Halt Direct Sales on Apple-Device Apps

"News Corp.'s Wall Street Journal, which has been circumventing Apple's payment system by providing links to its website from inside the iPad app, will soon remove all purchasing options in the app in response to Apple's new rules. People who download the app and want to subscribe will have to either call customer service or visit WSJ.com."

New York Times: Will James Murdoch Ride a Sky Broadcasting Deal to the Top?

"[Those] who know James Murdoch often note that he does not relish the newspaper culture the way his father does. He seems to take no delight in the company of reporters and in the sort of gossip that permeates the newspaper world and that his father both traffics in and relishes. ... Internally, executives say James Murdoch understands the future of media and the declining role of newspapers, at least in the financial sense. He has also taken a leading industry role in pushing to charge for news content online, putting The Times of London behind a paywall last year."

Nieman Journalism Lab: Who is The Daily trying to reach? What problem is it trying to solve?

"While News Corp. may be home to properties like The Wall Street Journal, the design language of The Daily is surprisingly tabloid: big headlines, big pictures, short stories, and a populist feel. The sections — with “Gossip” given a high second billing to news — seem much more New York Post than WSJ. Is that the right choice for iPads, which (at least at the moment) disproportionately attract a richer, more content-sensitive audience than something like the Post would? My gut instinct was that The Daily would aim more at a high-end audience than it seems to be."

Waxy.org: The Daily: Indexed

"Anybody else think it's weird that The Daily, News Corp's new iPad-only magazine, posts almost every article to their official website... but with no index of the articles to be found? They spent $30M on it, but apparently forgot a homepage! So I went ahead and made one for them! Introducing, The Daily: Indexed... Frankly, I'm also very curious about the legal implications. My understanding is that linking to public news articles is unquestionably legal, and I believe that right should never be discouraged. It's also worth noting that Google's slowly indexing all the articles too, and search engines aren't blocked in their robots.txt file."

Press Gazette: The Daily launches: ‘We must re-imagine our craft’

"A live demo of The Daily was showed off at today's launch showcasing features including: 360-degree photographs, interactive content and high definition video as well as traditional newspaper staples like horoscopes, weather and crosswords. One innovation is that the app allows readers to record audio as well text comments for a story."

The Economist: Bold newspapers: The crucible of print

"The strategies being pursued by News Corporation, the Daily Mail and General Trust and Lebedev Holdings rest on distinct assumptions about what readers want, what they will pay for, and the future of advertising. It is highly unlikely that all three experiments will work. It may well be that none of them does. But none can be faulted for lack of boldness."

New York Times: An iPad Newspaper From News Corp

How quaint. "The Daily ... will be produced into the evening, and then a button will be pushed and it will be 'printed' for the next morning. There will be updates — the number of which is still under discussion — but not at the velocity or with the urgency of a news Web site. ... And at a time when the ecosystem of news is driven by links, The Daily will have no inbound links from other sites, and nothing outbound either..."

Beehive City: The Daily: Is an iPad only newspaper really the future of media?

Tim Glanfield: "even if you do have an iPad, why would you pay for the Daily and restrict yourself to ‘a tabloid sensibility with a broadsheet intelligence’ Murdoch-style when you can enjoy the myriad news providers of the web via their websites for free (or as part of your cripplingly expensive 3G package) on your tablet."

Beehive City: The Daily: Is an iPad only newspaper really the future of media?

Tim Glanfield: "even if you do have an iPad, why would you pay for the Daily and restrict yourself to ‘a tabloid sensibility with a broadsheet intelligence’ Murdoch-style when you can enjoy the myriad news providers of the web via their websites for free (or as part of your cripplingly expensive 3G package) on your tablet."

Virtual Economics: News Corp’s paywall is about News Corp, not the Times

Seamus McCauley has an interesting theory: "The Times paywall ... is not about directly monetising the Times but about bundling the Times with News Corp's other services, notably broadband but also TV and telephony, to decrease churn and add customers to the valuable has a very growth part of the business. ... With BskyB running an ARPU of £508, if fewer than 30,000 people make the decision to move to (or stay with) Sky because they get the Times online bundled in, News Corp's paywall initiative breaks even. If 200,000 do that's the annual losses of the newspaper operation covered too."