The New York Times Website Will Charge You Money
Arthur Sulzberger, the chairman of the New York Times, says his paper’s recent decision to begin charging customers for its online content in early 2011 is “a bet, to a certain degree, on where the Web is going.” That’s a very different statement than the kind of blind pioneering the Times’ detractors are accusing it of. The devil, as usual, is in the details and the Times, though it today announced its intention to charge readers, has not released any details. With its deadline still a year away, it’s likely the Times doesn’t know the details yet itself.
The Times’ first and, thus far, last attempt at charging for its content made many articles, including its editorials, unavailable unless you were willing to pay. Some were, many weren’t (yours truly had a .edu email at the time and was wonderfully allowed full, free access). Come 2011, readers will be allowed to read X number of articles for free each month; to read article X+1, users will have to pay a monthly subscription fee.
Tech Crunch has crunched some numbers and thinks making bank off the payment plan is an uphill slog.
Why has it taken so much deliberation, so much time to commit to a payment scheme? And why will it not be put into place until 2011? The Times could appeal to online profit professionals like Amazon or Apple to get the ball rolling, so why doesn’t it? The Times’ own David Carr weighs in with his media blog saying “both Amazon and Apple see content as a kind of cheap, ubiquitous software to animate their business models. For the New York Times, the content is what it manufactures, at a very dear cost, and it’s best for the paper to control pricing and grow its database of consumers.”
Dan Kennedy at Media Nation wonders whether it will prove possible for smaller companies like the Boston Globe to follow suit when more varied alternatives are available.
I’ve noticed some cranky bloggers threaten the Times saying they will no longer link to its articles because they can’t be sure their readers will have access to the Times’ story. No, dear colleagues, I believe the flow of information works the other way ‘round.
Antimicrobial resistance is growing worldwide, rendering many "work horse" medicines ineffective. Without intervention, drug-resistant pathogens could lead to millions of deaths by 2050. Thankfully, companies like Pfizer are taking action.
- Antimicrobial-resistant pathogens are one of the largest threats to global health today.
- As we get older, our immune systems age, increasing our risk of life threatening infections. Without reliable antibiotics, life expectancy could decline for the first time in modern history.
- If antibiotics become ineffective, common infections could result in hospitalization or even death. Life-saving interventions like cancer treatments and organ transplantation would become more difficult, more often resulting in death. Routine procedures would become hard to perform.
- Without intervention, resistant pathogens could result in 10 million annual deaths by 2050.
- By taking a multi-faceted approach—inclusive of adherence to good stewardship, surveillance and responsible manufacturing practices, as well as an emphasis on prevention and treatment—companies like Pfizer are fighting to help curb the spread.
No, the Syrian civil war is not over. But it might be soon. Time for a recap
- The War in Syria has dropped off the radar, but it's not over (yet)
- This 1-minute video shows how the fronts have moved – and stabilised – over the past 22 months
- Watching this video may leave you both better informed, and slightly queasy: does war need a generic rock soundtrack?
Sarco assisted suicide pods come in three different styles, and allow you to die quickly and painlessly. They're even quite beautiful to look at.
Death: it happens to everyone (except, apparently, Keanu Reeves). But while the impoverished and lower-class people of the world die in the same ol' ways—cancer, heart disease, and so forth—the upper classes can choose hip and cool new ways to die. Now, there's an assisted-suicide pod so chic and so stylin' that peeps (young people still say peeps, right?) are calling it the "Tesla" of death... it's called... the Sarco!
Entrepreneur and author Andrew Horn shares his rules for becoming an assured conversationalist.
- To avoid basing action on external validation, you need to find your "authentic voice" and use it.
- Finding your voice requires asking the right questions of yourself.
- There are 3-5 questions that you would generally want to ask people you are talking to.
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