Fast News for March 31, 2011

Fast News for March 31, 2011 SPD MEDIA MIX is our regular list of publication design, digital, and media news and updates. Please send your links and news items to SPD at and we'll add them to the Mix.

>> A Beast, Daily: According to a recent study of iPad users, Apple and Rupert Murdoch's The Daily's "content is lacking, [and] superior content is available elsewhere online for free." In addition, there appears to be some general confusion as to what the pay and/or download model actually is.

>> Make Your Own App ... Free! For a limited time, iBuildApp, is ready to bring digital magazine publishing to the masses--and without charge. According to Folio, "users who want to create a digital magazine for the iPad can do so without the help of an IT team." The web-based creation tool allows users to upload images, video and content and choose a template. The magazine is then ready to be published.

>> Jihad Quarterly: al-Malahim Media, the media wing of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, recently launched Inspire, a magazine "aimed at readers living in Western countries -- who, if seduced by the argument, will be capable of putting together sophisticated [terror] plots."

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