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New York Times Drops Paywall Subscriptions to $0.99... For Now

With its paywall rolling out in the U.S. this afternoon, the New York Times is attempting to sweeten the deal with $0.99 subscriptions for the first four weeks of subscription. (Why, that's a 97-percent savings!) The Times is obviously doing this out of the goodness of its heart, and the sale certainly doesn't imply that the paper's nervous about its paywall implementation. Nope, not nervous in...

NYTimes Extends Paywall Limit, as Coders Jump Over Wall and Reporters Game System

Either Google pitched a fit, or the New York Times got savvy to the fact that not everyone searches with Google. (Wait, they don't?) Either way, TechCrunch is reporting that the paper decided to extend its five-article-per-day referral limit to all "major" search engines. It's an intelligent-enough about-face from the initial policy, which the Times said would apply only to Google. After all...

How to Get Around the New York Times' Paywall

The New York Times may be putting up a paywall later this month, but users can still access more than 20 free online articles per month, using a technique explained by Business Insider. [Ed. Note: We may or may not have been exploiting this loophole to read the Wall Street Journal for ages.] All you have to do is copy the headline of the article you want to read, paste it in Google's search bar...

New York Times to Introduce Digital Paywall on March 28th

On March 28th, the New York Times will begin charging all but the most infrequent users to read articles online. Under the plan, users will be able to read 20 articles per month at no charge. Once they click on the 21st piece, however, they'll be presented with three payment options: $15 for four weeks a month of online and mobile app access, $20 for access to the site and the iPad app, or $...

Steve Jobs, Rupert Murdoch to Launch iPad Newspaper

Rumor has it that Steve Jobs and Rupert Murdoch are joining forces to create the world's first digital "newspaper" designed exclusively for the iPad. The new publication, titled the 'Daily,' will be officially unveiled at the end of the month before launching sometime early next year. As the Guardian explains, the publication will combine "a tabloid sensibility with a broadsheet intelligence," and...

'Halo: Reach' Nets $200M on First Day, Google Preparing New Music Service

Highlights from this morning's big tech headlines... 'Halo: Reach' is shaping up to be another mammoth Microsoft title, with yesterday's launch pulling in over $200 million -- $30 million more than the first day of 'Halo 3.' [From: TechFlash] Billboard.biz reports Google is preparing a new music service that will offer both digital downloads and a $25-a-year, cloud-based streaming feature...

Paywall Cuts Murdoch's Times Traffic by Two-Thirds

As you may be aware, U.K.-based paper The Times recently put up a paywall for some of its online content, much to the chagrin of pretty much everyone who isn't named Rupert Murdoch. It should come as no surprise, then, that the paper's online readership has fallen off steeply since the wall was implemented. Still, the drop hasn't been as bad as some had anticipated. As Reuters reports, the Time...

The Sun Chronicle Wants Readers to Pay and Use Real Names in Order to Comment

The bad experiments in paywalls have begun. We knew we'd be seeing more newspapers and magazines charging readers to access some (or all) of their websites' content, and we knew that there would be a lot of crazy attempts to implement paywalls before anyone found a sustainable model (that is, if one exists at all). Local newspaper The Sun Chronicle, based in Massachusetts, has come up with one of ...

Starbucks Now Offers Free Wi-Fi, Same Burnt Coffee

Latte-sipping techies rejoice! Today is the day that Starbucks changes forever. No, a cup of Starbucks brew will still taste like cigarettes. And, yes, you'll still pay exorbitant prices for it. But from now on, at least, you can do so while surfing the Web for free. As promised, the ubiquitous chain will tear down its Wi-Fi pay wall today, effectively paving the way for millions of fair trade...

Digital Mags Don't Let You Socialize, But Is That So Wrong?

We enjoy Nick Bilton as much as the next nerd, but why does the New York Times' tech columnist think that the main failure of digital magazines is their lack of social networking capabilities? Call us old fogeys, but back around the turn of the 19th century, when we were in our ramshackle grammar school barns on the outskirts of the Dust Bowl, the magazines we read didn't come with any sharing fun...

iPhone Video Chat and Sam Mendes Rumors, Times Square Gets Free Wi-Fi

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... The latest episode in the intensifying iPhone 4G soap opera seems to indicate that the ambiguous, and perhaps dangerous, gadget will indeed provide video chat capabilities. Director Sam Mendes has also apparently been tapped to create iPhone 4G ads, prompting an excited auditioning actor to drop an f-bomb in a tweet. Yeah, potent...

News Readers Prefer Ads to Paywalls, Says New Pew Report

Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism has just released a report outlining the organization's findings on news sites' pay walls and consumer behavior. Unsurprisingly, users prefer ad-financed free news to subscription or pay-per-article models. (After all, why pay if you don't have to?) But online ad revenues fell in 2009 -- for the first time since 2002. While the recession i...