RIP The Daily, 2011-2012

Farewell, News Corp. media property The Daily, and flights of angel investors sing thee to thy rest. Your iPad-only content was too thrilling for this world. I mean, probably. I don’t have an iPad (or any comparable tablet), so how the hell would I know? I’m just assuming that anything Rupert Murdoch pours $30 million into at the outset is really going to pop.

The future of magazines will be officially shuttered on December 15, ending a nearly two-year run of stellar pop culture aggregation that you definitely couldn’t find for free almost everywhere else on the web, so enjoy these final two weeks before darkness descends and you can no longer enjoy playful listicles of suggested names for Kate Middleton’s baby. Except on Tumblr, Facebook, Reddit, Twitter and the sides of graffiti-prone buildings.

Some of the assets and 120 employees—though how it took that many people to produce something that apparently no one read is a mystery; I’ve often accomplished the same all by myself—will be shifted to other News Corp. companies, The New York Observer reported. In particular, editor-in-chief Jesse Angelo “will serve as the new publisher of the New York Post.” Might that fabled paper be next on the chopping block? Well, they’d have to lose a lot of money each year. Like, even more than they already do.  

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Afternoon Links: Kristen Stewart Smiles, Kate Moss Maybe Engaged

● An Italian researcher is claiming that the Mona Lisa might have been modeled on a dude, which would finally explain that giant penis just below the frame. [CBC] ● The Daily has kicked off its miracle run with a really creepy video that features a pre-injured Gabrielle Giffords talking about her crush on the iPad, with interstitials about her recovery progress. [The Daily] ● Check out the first images of Kristen Stewart and Garret Hedlund in the upcoming On the Road adaptation. She looks…happy? [MovieLine]

● A major Indonesian pop star has to spend 3 1/2 years in prison because a sex tape he made ended up on the internet. That sounds totally bogus. Does anyone know where we can inspect the evidence? [ONTD] ● The big news out of Egypt today is that Jennifer Aniston revealed to Oprah that she chose a role on Friends over one on SNL, a demonstration of the good decision-making skills she left at the door when she signed on for The Bounty Hunter. [E!] ● Kate Moss might be marrying her boyfriend, Kills frontman Jamie Hince. Wait, did you hear that? It’s the sound of Pete Doherty being too fucked up to care. [PageSix]