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May 09 2013

16:45

Politico tests a metered paywall

Fittingly, Politico’s media reporter Dylan Byers has the memo. Apparently, Politico won’t miss a few Idahoans or Rhode Islanders or Czechs:

Here is how the experiment will work: Readers overseas and in six states will be required to pay for our content after consuming a set number of pages of it, much like they do when visiting The New York Times, The Boston Globe and scores of other news sources. We will experiment with a few different price points and page limits to find the sweet spot for our readership. We chose smaller states, spread across the country, so our experiment captures any regional trends and also limits any potential loss of traffic to the site. This will last at least six months, so we have a large enough sample to appraise the results.

The decision to test a broader subscription model represents a shift in our thinking. As recently as a few months ago, we thought it was premature for POLITICO to start asking readers to pay for content, outside of Pro. But, it is increasingly clear that readers are more willing than we once thought to pay for content they value and enjoy. With more than 300 media companies now charging for online content in the U.S., the notion of paying to read expensive-to-produce journalism is no longer that exotic for sophisticated consumers. This is a very promising, if uncertain, trend in our country. The collective decision by media companies to give away for free a product of high value and high cost will go down as one of the worst, self-defeating moves in the history of industry. Thankfully, there are some signs this is changing.

For the record, they haven’t said which six states will get the stiff-arm. (Update: The list is out: Iowa, North Dakota, Vermont, Mississippi, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Sorry, Cheyenners and Amesians, Albuquerquers and Biloxians.) As Sam Stein jokes:

who will move to another state for free politico? RT @mlcalderone: Politico testing metered paywall in six states: politi.co/11VCAen

— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) May 9, 2013

Longtime paywall watchers will remember that The New York Times tested its paywall in Canada in 2011 before bringing it to the U.S. of A.

Also worth noting that the Politico memo falsely claims The Boston Globe has a metered paywall. It doesn’t.

May 24 2011

05:53

Manipulated AOL stock? - Arianna Huffington: "if you buy AOL stock right now ..."

TNW Industry :: Section 9 of the Securities Exchange Act (link to PDF download) of 1934 prohibits market manipulation, a deliberate attempt to interfere with the free and fair operation of the market and create artificial, false or misleading appearances with respect to the price of, or market for, a security, commodity or currency.

According to a Tweet (see below) from Dylan Byers, a reporter for AdWeek, Huffington, speaking to Michael Arrington, founder and co-editor of TechCrunch at TechCrunch Disrupt New York, stated the following,

Clipped from: twitter.com (share this clip)

@DylandByers tweet: "Huffington to Arrington: 'Ithink if you buy some AOL stock right now, you're goint to make a lof of money.'"

That said, it could be argued that that Huffington is engaging in market manipulation concerning AOL’s stock.

Details - continue to read Jeff Cormier, thenextweb.com

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