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RIP The Daily: Murdoch's iPad Paper Folds

It was too slow to gain an audience: Murdoch

(Newser) - Less than two years ago, News Corp launched The Daily , a newspaper for iPad users; as of Dec. 15, iPad readers will have to turn somewhere else for news. "Technology and other assets" from the electronic rag, as well as some of its employees, will be transferred to the...

Websites That Keep You Clicking Are Pure 'Evil'

'Contemptuous' practice must be stopped: Farhad Manjoo

(Newser) - Farhad Manjoo really, really hates it when websites force you to click through page after page—so much so that, he writes at Slate , he has been forced to divorce his wife and abandon friends over their support for the practice. It's "one of the worst design and...

Investors Snapping Up Daily Papers

Real estate a major factor in sale of 71 papers last year

(Newser) - Despite plunging revenue and circulation figures, plenty of people in America are still buying daily newspapers—lock, stock, and valuable headquarters. Some 71 daily papers were sold last year, and while some investors see buying a paper as a civic duty, others view it as a way to turn a...

New York Times Asks Twitter to Plug Paywall Loophole

Paper aims to firm up pay barrier before launch

(Newser) - The pay barrier for the New York Times' online content goes up on Monday and the newspaper is scrambling to make it more like a wall and less like a curtain full of holes. Users will be allowed 20 page views a month before the barrier comes down. But articles...

New York Times Subscription Paywall to Go Up This Month; $15 for Unlimited Access
NY Times Paywall 
Starts This Month

NY Times Paywall Starts This Month

Unlimited access will be $15 a month

(Newser) - The New York Times website will start charging customers for unlimited access starting March 28, the newspaper announced . Users will be able to read up to 20 articles for free, but beyond that, they’ll have to pay $15 per month for full access to the site and mobile app....

NY Times Gets Ready to Launch Paywall

 NY Times
Paywall Details Leak 

NY Times Paywall Details Leak

Most won't have to pay, paper says

(Newser) - The New York Times’ long-expected paywall is due next month, and details are starting to leak out about the plan. Everyone will have limited free access to the site, sources tell the Wall Street Journal , but once users reach that limit, they'll have to pony up. Users can buy either...

Paywall Drives Off 98.8% of Times Readers

Former employee reports that only 15K have agreed to pay

(Newser) - What has putting up a paywall done for the folks at the Times? Driven away most of their readers, predictably. Only 150,000 signed up for “Times+” accounts, and only 15,000 of them actually agreed to pay when their free trial ran out, according to an unconfirmed report...

Post Snags 4 Pulitzers, Times 3; Enquirer Shut Out

John Edwards coverage fails to boost supermarket tabloid

(Newser) - The Washington Post won four Pulitzer Prizes today, one more than the archrival New York Times—and four more than the National Enquirer, which entered its coverage of the John Edwards sex scandal . In a breakthrough for online journalism, Sheri Fink of ProPublica won for an investigation of euthanasia at...

News Sites Reconsider Anonymous Comments

Move to pull comments out of gutter

(Newser) - The anonymous free-for-all that online news commenters have always counted on may not be around for much longer. As anonymous comments come under increasing attack as bastions of "crudity, bigotry, meanness and plain nastiness," as one journalist puts it, many news sites are moving away from the practice,...

Times Prepares to Charge for Online Access

Newspaper lays groundwork for reinstituting paywall

(Newser) - Two-plus years after making its entire website free, the New York Times is about to roll out a plan that will charge readers for online access. The announcement may come within 2 weeks, but the pay wall won't be in force for several months, New York magazine reports. Rather than...

Google: We Have 'Moral' Duty to Help Journalism

We're not a newspaper killer, says CEO

(Newser) - Google not only wants big news organizations such as the New York Times to survive, it has a "moral responsibility" to help them do so, says CEO Eric Schmidt. He tells Search Engine Land "there will always be a market for people who read the newspaper on a...

Online Newspaper Payment Plan in the Works—at Google

Revolutionary model slated for completion within a year

(Newser) - Newspapers are getting help figuring out how to charge for online content from an unusual source: archnemesis Google. The online giant says it's developing a "micropayment" model that should be ready in the next year, reports Harvard's Nieman Journalism Lab. "The idea is to allow viable payments of...

'Tragedy Porn' Drags Down News Sources

Online outlets mull pay models, putting a price on sensational stories

(Newser) - Word is that newspapers will soon start charging for online news—but no one’s quite sure what it’s worth. Take a story like the Jaycee Dugard kidnapping: It’s “tragedy porn” that “neither informs nor enlightens. It merely titillates,” writes Simon Dumenco for Advertising Age....

Seattle Times Readers ID Globetrotting Amnesiac

(Newser) - Three weeks ago, a well-dressed man carrying $600 in his sock wandered out of a Seattle park with no idea who he was or how he got there. His identity was a mystery until today, when the Seattle Times ran a story on its front page with his picture and...

I'm Fat, but No Idiot: Consumers Will Pay for News
 I'm Fat, but No Idiot: 
 Consumers Will Pay for News 
cuban to wolff:

I'm Fat, but No Idiot: Consumers Will Pay for News

(Newser) - Media maverick (and Mavericks owner) Mark Cuban mixes it up with Newser's Michael Wolff, laying out his argument that consumers should and will pay for online content if it's packaged in a new way. Allowing as how he's fat, but hardly an idiot (as per Wolff's column yesterday, see link...

No More Free News Online: Murdoch

Mogul steps up plans to charge for all News Corp's web offerings

(Newser) - Rupert Murdoch says the days of News Corp.'s giving away news from its newspapers and TV stations on the Internet are numbered, the Financial Times reports. Murdoch, who earlier this year said he planned to test pay-to-read models, now says he plans to start charging for access to all...

Google Pay-for-News Scheme Ignores Reality

(Newser) - Google CEO Eric Schmidt's proposed model for online newspapers calls for a cable TV-like approach to subscription content, with tiers like free, basic, and premium. His ideas not only come too late, but they're “deeply flawed,” Douglas A. McIntyre writes for 24/7 Wall Street. And "even if...

Death of Newspapers Won't Kill the News

(Newser) - Before newspapers held sway over politicians and maintained monopolies under federal anti-trust exemptions, they were a service people were willing to pay for, Michael Kinsley writes in the Washington Post. Even if “technology is on the verge of removing some traditionally vital organs of the body politic,” they...

Google a 'Tapeworm:' WSJ Exec
 Google a 'Tapeworm:' WSJ Exec 

Google a 'Tapeworm:' WSJ Exec

(Newser) - Content aggregators like Google—and yes, the humble site you’re reading now—are “parasites or tech tapeworms in the intestines of the Internet,” Robert Thomson, editor of the Wall Street Journal, told fellow News Corp. paper the Australian last week. He warned that the “mistaken perception”...

Murdoch: Papers Need to Charge for Web Access

Journal subscription plan 'not a gold mine, but it's not bad'

(Newser) - The New York Times ought to be charging people to read its content, and so should every other newspaper that wants to survive, Rupert Murdoch said today. “People reading news for free on the Web, that’s got to change,” the News Corp chief said at a Washington...

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