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News Corp and IMG Worldwide fight over 'The Daily' name

Rival publisher IMG claims to hold the rights to the name of Rupert Murdoch's nascent iPad-only news

Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch's media conglomerate News Corporation has asked a US District Court to rule that the words "The Daily" cannot be protected as the property of a media outlet as it is a generic phrase.

Murdoch is launching a new iPad-only newspaper "The Daily" early next year and the request for the court ruling is to favour its use of the name.

Rival publisher IMG Worldwide earlier this year claimed that it has exclusive rights to use the words "The Daily" as the name of a publication and warned News Corp that it holds trademarks on the name.

A meeting between the two warring parties could not resolve the issue.

The iPad-only newspaper is expected to launch in early 2011.

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Is anyone prepared to solve the NHS funding crisis?

As long as the political taboo on raising taxes endures, the service will be in financial peril. 

It has long been clear that the NHS is in financial ill-health. But today's figures, conveniently delayed until after the Conservative conference, are still stunningly bad. The service ran a deficit of £930m between April and June (greater than the £820m recorded for the whole of the 2014/15 financial year) and is on course for a shortfall of at least £2bn this year - its worst position for a generation. 

Though often described as having been shielded from austerity, owing to its ring-fenced budget, the NHS is enduring the toughest spending settlement in its history. Since 1950, health spending has grown at an average annual rate of 4 per cent, but over the last parliament it rose by just 0.5 per cent. An ageing population, rising treatment costs and the social care crisis all mean that the NHS has to run merely to stand still. The Tories have pledged to provide £10bn more for the service but this still leaves £20bn of efficiency savings required. 

Speculation is now turning to whether George Osborne will provide an emergency injection of funds in the Autumn Statement on 25 November. But the long-term question is whether anyone is prepared to offer a sustainable solution to the crisis. Health experts argue that only a rise in general taxation (income tax, VAT, national insurance), patient charges or a hypothecated "health tax" will secure the future of a universal, high-quality service. But the political taboo against increasing taxes on all but the richest means no politician has ventured into this territory. Shadow health secretary Heidi Alexander has today called for the government to "find money urgently to get through the coming winter months". But the bigger question is whether, under Jeremy Corbyn, Labour is prepared to go beyond sticking-plaster solutions. 

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.