Google Talks AMP and Paywalls

Very soon, Google will begin sending search traffic to Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP). This will begin on an unspecified date later this month. To get webmasters and publishers prepared, they’ve been posting about how AMP’s relationship to various website elements…

The Washington Post Plans to Go Behind a Paywall This Summer

Today, The Washington Post announced that they will be the latest publication to put some content behind a paywall. The move will take place some time this summer, and the Post is still in the process of determining exactly how…

New York Times Lets Starbucks Customers Inside the Paywall

In what sounds like a completely sensible partnership, The New York Times has announced that readers will have free access to content that’s normally behind the paywall, as long as they’re reading it at Starbucks. Starbucks customers who are logged…

Hurricane Sandy Prompts Paywall Takedowns at The New York Times, Wall Street Journal

As “Frankenstorm” Hurricane Sandy bears down on the east coast, a few online news sources have decided to make their content freely available to everyone with an internet connection. That means tearing down those paywalls The New York Times is…

Vimeo Launches Tip Jar, Paid Videos Coming Soon

For the most part, Vimeo provides an ad-free video viewing experience. One of their only sources of revenue comes in the form of selling pro services to both users and creators (Vimeo Plus and Vimeo PRO). In order to help…

Warren Buffett Declares Free News Unsustainable

When Warren Buffett speaks, Wall Street listens. The 81-year-old Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway has used his keen business sense to become one of the richest men in the world. So, when Warren Buffett says that free news is…

Do Paywalls Scare Off Media Professionals?

Paywalls seem to be straightforward: users pay to gain access to content. What could be simpler? The internet, however, with its ability to infinitely copy and immediately disseminate information, quickly makes whatever lurks behind paywalls worthless. The only paywalls that…

CBS Will Charge Fans For March Madness Online Access

March Madness is looming o’er the heads of college basketball fans so it’s time to begin strategerizing how to watch as much of the NCAA tournament as possible. At least in the beginning of the Madness, many games will be…

New York Times-Owned Paper Puts Paywall Around Online Content

Telegram.com, the website for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette in Massachusetts, which is owned by the New York Times Company, has now put up a paywall. On Telegram.com, users are granted with a message, which reads:

New York Times Paywall Loophole – Access Through Links

Back in January, the New York Times announced that it would be gravitating to a metered paywall system at the beginning of 2011. This would let readers access an as-of-yet unspecified number of articles for free each month, until requiring payment for further access. Meanwhile, print subscribers would have full access to content online.