Yesterday, we noted that Apple and News Corp appear to be in the final stages of preparing a new tablet-focused news service known as The Daily that would offer high-quality video content and interactivity for $0.99 per week. Daring Fireball's John Gruber has weighed in on the developments, reporting that he has heard that The Daily will be launched at a special media event next month hosted by Apple CEO Steve Jobs and News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch. Gruber notes that he is hearing rumors of a December 9th event, although it could be pushed back to the following week. Gruber goes on to note that Apple's key contribution to The Daily has been its building in of support for recurring subscription billing for apps via iTunes. The new API could open the door for other such products offering true recurring subscription-based content. Meanwhile, French site Consomac reports [Google translation] that it has tracked down a filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a trademark application on an iOS-like icon for The Daily. The filing is registered to a company known as "News DP Holdings", which appears to be a shell corporation designed specifically to manage assets for the publication. Article Link: 'The Daily' News Service for iPad Set for December Media Event Launch?