July 12, 2013 Last Updated 7:15 am

Three bidders remain for Boston Globe, all local; Daily Mail adds Sunday edition and magazines to iPad app; Guardian reports of Microsoft cooperation with NSA

The Morning Brief:

The Boston Globe reported this morning that there are three remaining bidders for the newspaper, all locals – though they speculated that San Diego real estate developer Doug Manchester, the owner of the San Diego Union-Tribune, could still be in the running, as well.

logo-bg-sm2“The narrowed field of bidders includes members of the Taylor family that formerly owned the Globe; Boston Red Sox owner John Henry; and Robert Loring, a Massachusetts native who owns the Tampa Tribune,” Beth Healy of the Globe reported this morning.

According to the report, the bids for The New York Times Company owned daily range from $65 to $80 million.

DM-app-update-smThe Daily Mail has updated its newspaper iPad app today, adding in new content. The daily editions of the paper remain free for the first 30 days following installation.

Mail Plus for iPad has added in the Sunday edition plus two magazines for paid subscribers.

What’s New in Version 2.2

  • Mail Plus subscribers will now enjoy Mail on Sunday Plus and its two fabulous magazines You and Event every week – at no extra cost!
  • Mail on Sunday Plus is an interactive edition designed specially for iPad and offers more content and features than the print edition of the newspaper, as well as 30 puzzles to play on screen and an interactive TV guide
  • The app now also offers a print replica edition of the Mail seven days a week
  • As this app now offers a 7-day product at the same price as the previous 6-day product its name has changed from Daily Mail Plus to Mail Plus for iPad

Microsoft was the latest major tech company to face media scrutiny over cooperating with the National Security Agency.

The Guardian is reporting today that Microsoft helped the NSA circumvent its own encryption, gave access to Outlook and Hotmail email, worked with the FBI to give access to its SkyDrive cloud storage service, and opned up Skype to snooping of video calls.

Guardian readers are not amused, posting over 3,000 comments since the story appeared online.

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