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 orestes on Sun 11th Jul 2010 21:21 UTC
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The companies that'll succeed at this are the ones who provide actual value for the price they're asking. Prime example being publications like The Wall Street Journal for whom timely digital content can be a real selling point. More generalist news media won't be able to pull it off unless they've got some angle that puts them above the hordes of perfectly serviceable free alternatives

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