‘The Daily’ Show: News Corp.’s iPad-only News App

The Daily

The Daily, announced today

Today’s the day News Corp. unveils its iPad-only news publication, The Daily. New Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch will make the announcement today in New York along side Apple’s head of Internet services, Eddy Cue. What do we know so far?

The other part of this, which is what publishers will be watching, is whatever new subscription model Apple may allow for apps in its App Store. There’s no ongoing subscription system that allows regular, automatically billed payments via the App Store. Speculation is that Apple will tweak is App Store model for publishers looking to do this very thing.

What They’re Saying

Sight unseen, media pundits are already weighing in on whether The Daily will work:

Mad Men and The Sopranos: Dropping the Mask

If there is a single theme to such disparate productions as The Sopranos and Mad Men, a single theme that explains their hypnotic attraction, however different their settings, it may be dignity—the struggle of humans to hold onto it in their own, often enough crazy ways. In Mad Men, that struggle takes place in changing social times as the characters try to preserve the best of themselves and discard the worst. But the human condition being what it is, we may wind up doing the reverse. Maybe it depends on the models we choose.

– Paul Greenberg in today’s “Column One.”

There’s a lot of common themes between these two shows, but I’d never considered human dignity to among them. I suppose it’s there, particularly in The Sopranos, as Tony and his Family run roughshod over the whole of New Jersey, contaminating or destroying those they touch.

I’d argue the real common ground between these excellent series is in how these characters constantly lie to each other and themselves. These people are simply unable to tell the truth. And when the insights come, they are quickly dismissed or — worse — willingly misinterpreted.

This is why Tony might as well be dead in the series finale. At that point, his inner circle decimated, he’s out of therapy, persuaded his children to make the easy choices and insulated himself from any further insight. He’s anesthetized to the brutal truth of his world. There’s a reason so many of those final episodes open or close with Tony in bed, asleep.

It’s too early to tell how long Don Draper will maintain the lie. Early in the fourth season, the mask shows signs of slipping.

And maybe that’s where this talk of “dignity” comes from. Don’s been the very model of success and station, a complete transformation from his hardscrabble roots. That’s the struggle: At the core, what is the best of Don, and what must be discarded? Tony already made his choice.

This Week in Arkansas Business: Education Department to Seek More Scholarship Money

This week in Arkansas Business:

At the rate Arkansas is awarding college scholarships, money in the Arkansas Department of Higher Education’s reserve fund will run out by 2013. So director Jim Purcell says he’ll ask the Legislature this January to provide more money for scholarships or allow the department to cut the number awarded.

Meanwhile, the DHE is investigating how schools waive out-of-state tuition for certain students.

The latest list of the state’s top colleges and universities shows tuition up at most Arkansas schools.

The Log Cabin Democrat in Conway lays off two staffers, leaving a newsroom of six, in the aftermath of parent company Morris Publishing Group’s emergence from bankruptcy.

Go Red Wolves! This Arkansas State University graduate is now a VP at Verizon.

#ARElections: It’s Over! For Now

Blanche Lincoln rebuffs a strong challenge from Bill Halter in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, Joyce Elliott wins big in Pulaski County to defeat Speaker of the House Robbie Wills in the primary for 2nd District Congress, Steve Womack’s votes come in from Benton County to give him a victory over Cecile Bledsoe in the lone GOP runoff for 3rd District, and voters go with Chad Causey over Tim Wooldridge in the 1st.

A round-up:

Jeff Hankins – Lincoln’s significant win, Halter’s significant failure, Wooldridge is done and unions? Good riddance.

Blanche Lincoln Beats Anger on Left, Now Must Face Right

Lincoln Won with Clinton, Anti-union Message

Womack Wins GOP Bid for 3rd District Seat

Causey Wins Democratic Nomination for East Arkansas

Elliott Tops Wills in Democratic Nod for 2nd District

UPDATE: Blanche Lincoln Wins the Democratic Nomination for U.S. Senate

Voters Sue in Garland County Over Polling Places

AP: L.J. Bryant Wins Dem Nomination for Land Commissioner

AP: O’Brien Wins Dem Nod for Secretary of State

More

The Morning After – Arkansas Times

Blanche Lincoln Wins – Sad trombone from Max Brantley

Behind closed doors, Republicans were worried about Halter in the general – Blake’s Think Tank

#ARElections: A Sampling of Tuesday Night’s Political Coverage in Central Arkansas

With nearly 30 candidates running for Congressional seats, millions of dollars pouring into Arkansas media and plenty of national attention focusing on That U.S. Senate Race, tonight night is an Arkansas political junkie’s dream. How does one keep up with it all?

Here’s a sampling of where you can get the latest political news coverage after the polls close tomorrow night. (Any additions or updates, please let me know.)

TV

Jeff Hankins and I will be live all night on Today’s THV’s THV2, the CBS affiliate’s second digital channel. We’ll also be cutting into CBS programming throughout the night, with a big wrap-up at 10 p.m. Steve Ronnelle, president of the Political Animals Club of Central Arkansas, is among the guests.

KATV-TV, Channel 7 – The ABC affiliate pre-empts “V” at 9 p.m. with a 1-hour election special.

KARK-TV, Channel 4 – The NBC affiliate will have Bill Vickery and Pat Lynch as part of its coverage.

KLRT-TV, Channel 16 – The Fox affiliate will have Roby Brock as part of its regular, hour-long newscast at 9 p.m.

Radio

KARN-FM, 102.9Blake Rutherford and Jason Tolbert sit in with Dave Elswick for wall-t0-wall coverage. You can listen live online here. And check Twitter for live comments from Rutherford and Tolbert. (KARN listeners, please be nice to Blake.)

KUAR-FM, 89.1, (NPR in Little Rock) – Rex Nelson sits in, along with news coverage from Ron Breeding, Kelly MacNeil and the gang. Listen live online here.

Online

Again, you watch Today’s THV’s THV2 election coverage streaming live online here.

ArkansasBusiness.com – We’ll have updated analysis, as well as the latest numbers and stories from the Associated Press wire. For iPhones and Blackberries, go to m.inarkansas.com/news for those latest news headlines in a mobile-friendly format.

Arkansas Times Blog – No doubt there will be analysis from Editor Max Brantley and lots of colorful comments from readers.

ARElections.org – Returns as they come in. All the numbers, right here.

Related

On the Think Tank, Rutherford has a final pre-election media round-up of local and national coverage and commentary on today’s races.

Rupert Murdoch Loves His iPad. But Is It A Revolution?

Apple iPad

The iPad

New Corp. boss Rupert Murdoch is all a-twitter about the first round of numbers on Wall Street Journal subscriptions on Apple’s new iPad.

In a conference call about the company’s latest results, Murdoch notes that WSJ subs on the iPad are much more profitable on the iPad than the Kindle, with the WSJ keeping all the $18 sub fee, while Amazon’s Kindle splits the proceeds. Murdoch says:

Unlike the Kindle, we keep 100 percent of the revenue from the iPad.

In the first month, the WSJ had 64,000 iPad subscribers.

Meanwhile, numbers from Apple show 1 million iPads sold in 28 days — more than twice as fast as the original iPhone. Apple CEO Steve Jobs says demand for the device continues to outpace supply.

So is the iPad truly a revolution? Perhaps no tech device  in recent memory has been this controversial. Some deride it as a giant iPhone that discourages creativity and corrals users in Apple’s restricted, Flash-less walled garden, while others say it introduces a revolutionary new form factor that puts an end to the PC era.

In the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal this week, guest columnist Steve Hankins, CEO and co-founder of tech firm Accio.US, notes people’s grumbles with the iPad but says like it or lump it, this thing’s a revolution:

While all of the criticisms of the iPad are technically correct, the point they make is that the technology status quo is again being threatened. This latest threat has finally caused the core technology people to rise up from their trees and get a view of the forest. And they don’t like what they see.

What most technology critics fail to understand is this simple concept: Most people want to use technology, not work on technology.

The convergence of the major trends in computing is changing the world that most technology people love into one that they are not so familiar with. Devices like the iPad do not seem to require the intervention of a technology person to enable the owner of the device to actually use it.

You read Hankins’ complete column here.

Making Online News Work in Small-town Arkansas

It’s happening. Someone people are doing it. We’ve noted the Fayetteville Flyer, Ozarks Unbound, the CityWire and others. And this week, Arkansas Business media writer Sam Eifling checks in with two other online-only news sites: the MagnoliaReporter.com and MonticelloLive.com,

which has received 1.7 million page views during the past year. Its growth tickles Joe Burgess, who has owned and run the site since October 2007.

After three years on MonticelloLive.com, Burgess is convinced his style of coverage is sustainable, and here to remain as a competitor to the local paper (the Advance Monticellonian, in this case). “Convenience stores, instant coffee and faster information,” he says. “It’s all the same concept.

Right now, they’re small operations. But they’ve got the right idea: covering intensely local news intensely, offering readers news they can’t find anywhere else, even in the competing print paper.

Also

TolbertReport.com teams with InsideSaline.com and MySaline.com to present a day of debates by candidates in local elections.