Linked by David Adams on Sun 11th Jul 2010 18:54 UTC
Internet & Networking There's an article today at that looks at recent trends around net-based pay-for services and the smattering of paywalls from News Corp to the NYT that are up or threatening to be put up, and speculating that this could be the beginning of a trend. Of course, a YouTube video rental site and a few large publishers putting up paywalls will make zero difference to the "free internet" on their own. But if they're successful, it could spark emulation. But could this be a trend that could snowball enough to change the nature of the net?
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by AaronD on Sun 11th Jul 2010 20:51 UTC
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The web might remain free. However, the app- or cloud-based internet follows different rules and is growing. Users are used to buying apps and apps are easier to handle. Content providers like the app model because they are easier to control, make a better advertising platform, and harder to pirate the content. Clearly newspaper publishers see it as the way to get their groove back.

That is the trend to look out for. The cloud already has a foothold on the PC. It is too compelling for users and providers alike. If it takes over, the app internet could become the "legitimate internet" leaving the web to become a seedy red-light district.

Besides, the natural progression is that things that are free eventually become things that must be bought.

Edited 2010-07-11 20:54 UTC

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