News Corp. delays iPad newspaper launch

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Media kingpin News Corp. will delay the introduction of its iPad-optimized digital news journal The Daily, originally slated to go live next week. All Things Digital reports News Corp. and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) agreed to push back the launch to give the computing giant more time to iron out wrinkles in its new subscription service for publications sold through its iTunes multimedia platform--iTunes will automatically push new issues of The Daily to subscribers each morning, billing on a weekly or monthly basis. News Corp. confirmed the delay; sources indicate the digital newspaper will be on hold a matter of weeks, not months.

The Daily will compete directly with national publications like USA Today and The New York Times, with content targeting a more general readership via short, snack-sized articles intended to be read on the go. The publication will operate under the supervision of the News Corp.-owned New York Post.

Apple is reportedly in talks with major metropolitan newspapers across the U.S. to "re-create the traditional print model in digital editions for tablets and e-readers," according to Roger Fidler, head of digital publishing at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute in Columbia, Mo. But insiders say Apple and its magazine publisher partners remain far apart on terms to offer subscriptions via iTunes, with Apple CEO Steve Jobs said to be unwavering in his demands that publishers must turn over subscriber data.

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