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The Daily and iTunes Subscriptions Coming In December?

news-corp-logo_0We brought it to you yesterday about something being in the air as far as a potential collaboration between News Corp and Apple in regard to an iPad news app.  This seems to be gaining some traction as a new report has the app set to be revealed on December 9.

According to John Gruber, both Rupert Murdoch and Steve Jobs would be in attendance at the possible event.  “This is not going to be a quiet launch,” Gruber notes, saying that it would be iPad-only at first.

Apple has oft been talked about to be developing an actual dedicated newsstand app for the iPad, but the Daily would still start off as your traditional third-party app.  Where does Apple play in this?  Their contribution would revolve around a billing change to be able to allow subscriptions in iTunes.  The structure of it isn’t known just yet, but it would be built into iOS, not just the accounting system.

As Electronista points out, how this would work without an update to iOS isn’t known just yet either, but perhaps Apple would allow News Corp some early access to APIs or even a temporary free publication until the plan would go into effect.  As mentioned yesterday, the possible pricing plan is said to be 99 cents per week.

Most know that publishers have been knocking on Cupertino’s door asking for them to adapt its business model for magazines, newspapers as well as other periodicals because they believe the current pricing structure just isn’t cutting it. 

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iTunes Connect Taking Extended Holiday from December 23-28

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If you’re an iOS developer or just a user who’s hopelessly addicted to app updates, you might want to find something else to do come late December — Apple’s iTunes Connect is closing its doors for nearly a week over Christmas.

9to5Mac is reporting that Apple has notified iOS developers that iTunes Connect will be closed for the holidays from December 23 through 28, with App Store management service getting back to normal on Wednesday, December 29 in time to close out 2010 and usher in the New Year.

iTunes Connect is how iOS developers interact with Apple and make their apps and subsequent updates available to the end users. Having the service go dark for nearly a week doesn’t affect users — you’ll still be able to make purchases during the outage — but there will be no one manning the cubicles at Apple HQ to tackle new app submissions or approve updates to existing apps during that time.

“iTunes Connect will be temporarily unavailable from Thursday, December 23 through Tuesday, December 28 for the winter holidays,” the developer site reads. “iTunes Connect access will be back online for use on December 29. If you choose to set an available date for your app to go live during the scheduled holiday shutdown, your app will not go live on the App Store until iTunes Connect resumes for business on December 29. Please plan your releases accordingly.”

If you’re one of those users who compulsively look for fresh updates to your apps every day — you know who you are! — we’d recommend taking a vacation from December 23-28, because you’re likely to be wearing the sad face otherwise. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

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Win: December 2010

Gamers can be so uncivilized sometimes. But we know you MacLife folk are different. You’re one of a kind. And as the Mac gets more and more games, you gamer folk are multiplying. That’s why this month we’re going to make sure at least one of you is civilized, by giving away a signed copy of Civilization V: Special Edition for Mac.

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The unsigned version runs for .99, but add on to that the fact that at press time the Mac version is still not available to the public, and the Sid Meier’s autograph, and you’re talking about a completely priceless collector’s item. To enter, just leave a comment on the page and tell us your favorite Mac OSX game and why it’s your favorite. We’ll select the winner at random and print the winner in a coming issue. Happy gaming!

The fine print:

Mac|Life “Civilized Gamers!” Contest rules: One entry per person. The winner will be chosen at random from qualified entries. All entries must be received no later than December 31, 2010, with the winner announced in the March/11 issue. By entering this contest, you agree that Future US, Inc. may use your name, likeness, and website for promotional purposes without further payment. Employees of Sponsor, its respective parent, subsidiaries, affiliated companies, and agents, and foregoing employees¹ household or immediate family members (defined as parent, spouse, child, sibling, or grandparent) are NOT eligible to enter Contest. All prizes will be awarded, and no minimum number of entries is required. If two or more people enter identical designs and that entry is selected as the winner, the entry received first will be awarded the contest prize. Prizes won by minors will be awarded to their parents or legal guardians. Future US, Inc. is not responsible for damages or expenses the winners might incur as a result of this contest or the receipt of a prize, and winners are responsible for income taxes based on the value of the prize received. A list of winners may also be obtained by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Future US, Inc. c/o Mac|Life Contest, 4000 Shoreline Court, Suite 400, South San Francisco, CA 94080. This contest is limited to residents of the United States. No purchase necessary; void in Arizona, Maryland, Vermont, Puerto Rico, and where prohibited by law.

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