Tag Archives | The New York Times

Google-Powered Trivia

Google and the New York Times have teamed up to create A Google a Day, a trivia game–solvable using Google, once you’ve figured out what to search for–that will appear in the Times above the crossword puzzle. It’s also available at AGoogleaDay.com.

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I Guess You Could Call It a Payusinsteadwall

Lemme see if I have this straight: These guys hacked the New York Times’ permeable paywall, then resold the Times’ content for a nickel a view without permission to promote their startup? Very impressive.

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Tear Down That Paywall!

The New York Times is currently testing its permeable paywall in Canada. And a Canadian coder figured out how to defeat it with four lines of JavaScript. (The Times apparently downloads stories to your browser, and then tells you you’re not entitled to read them.)


What’s the Fair Price for an Online Newspaper?

Frédéric Filloux at Monday Note:

The New York Times paywall is like the French tax system: expensive, utterly complicated, disconnected from the reality and designed to be bypassed.

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Is Android in the Kindle’s Future?

The New York Times’ Nick Bilton wonders why Amazon’s Kindle group is hiring so many Android developers.


The Times Paywall: How About Yearly and Less Dearly?

Ken Docter has a good point : Why isn’t the New York Times offering an annual option for its paywall? Ideally one with at least a modest discount for up-front payment.

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The New York Times’ Permeable Paywall: Coming March 28th

Fourteen months after announcing that it was going to begin charging for heavy use of its Web site, the New York Times has revealed the details and the deadline. Starting March 28th, the newspaper will institute a $15 monthly plan for access via the Web and a phone app, a $20 plan for the Web and the iPad app, and $35 for an all-access option. Subscribers to the print edition–which costs about $63 a month (after an initial 50%-off deal), at least here in the Bay Area–will get everything for no extra charge.

(Canadians are subject to the new plan immediately–they’re serving as beta testers for us Yanks. Thanks, Canadians!)

Other than the fact that the Times is attaching a price to its online content, the most important fact about its strategy is that this paywall only goes into effect for fairly voracious readers. You can read 20 articles a month at no charge. People who come to the site via Google will be able to read five stories a day for free; visitors from Facebook and Twitter won’t have to pay. Clearly, the goal is to extract some money out of people who treat the digital incarnations of the Times pretty much like a newspaper, without killing traffic from more casual types who come only occasionally or are directed to specific stories by their friends.

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Nostalgic Over Noises

The New York Times’ David Pogue bemoans–or at least notices–that the digital world is robbing us of the analog noises that provide the communal soundtrack of our subconsciousnesses. It’ll be sad day when we all stop going “ka-ching!”  (Then again, a little log being sawed is still our shared shorthand for snoring…and when was the last time you sawed a log?)

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JC Penney Wise, Pound Foolish

The New York Times’ David Segal has a fascinating story up on sleazy search optimization done on behalf of JC Penney (who says it doesn’t know anything about it). And Vanessa Fox of Search Engine Land provides some good follow up.

In my own personal searches on Google, I’m still satisfied most of the time–maybe because they rarely involve shopping and other commercial activity–but there’s no doubt that the question of whether Google is fundamentally broken is one of tech’s biggest stories at the moment.