News Corp chief Rupert Murdoch is embarking on an ambitious plan for a new national digital newspaper in the US to be distributed exclusively as paid content for tablet computers such as iPads and mobile phones, the Los Angeles Times reports. It says the initiative, which would directly compete with the New York Times, USA Today and other national publications in the US, shows how the iPad is transforming the reading habits of consumers much like the iPod changed how people listen to music. The LA Times adds: "The new digital newspaper would target a more general readership, offering short, snappy stories that could be digested quickly. The newsroom would operate under the auspices of Murdoch's New York Post and be overseen by its managing editor, Jesse Angelo. "News Corp. has yet to set a launch date, although people familiar with the matter said the news organization would like it to debut by year's end."
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