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The Daily Coming In January with iTunes App Subscriptions?

Peter Kafka at All Things Digital reports that Rupert Murdoch’s The Daily, the highly anticipated newspaper exclusively built for the iPad, is coming in January. The app will be based on the rumored new iTunes subscription system that will push content to users on a daily basis, with iTunes billing users automatically monthly or weekly.

Kafka also confirms that The Daily’s launch plans “have moved around a couple times in the past few months”, with many people expecting the digital publication to be unveiled by Jobs and Murdoch in December. In November, we reported that The Daily and a new build of iOS containing the new app subscription features were set to be announced in mid-December. That didn’t happen, and we speculate that Apple might have re-scheduled the launch to focus on the Mac App Store – opening on January 6.

The Daily will feature fresh new content every day, and “it will use lots of video, it will have cool multimedia bells and whistles, including some of kind 3-D effect”. Kafka also confirms that the new subscription method won’t allow publishers to access users’ data, but it will surely change the way content is pushed and billed using iTunes.

Previous rumors indicated The Daily as a collaboration between Apple’s Steve Jobs and News Corp’s Murdoch that’s been in development for several months.

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