The social media giant is putting an even tighter squeeze on news content, raising questions about how media companies already struggling for engagement are expected to survive.
News Limited could be a fortnight away from locking up some of its websites as part of a brave new world of paid web content.
Rupert Murdoch's Times newspaper is hemorrhaging about £1.5 million a week -- so while erecting an online paywall may seem risky, he has nothing to lose and everything to gain, says media consultant Philip M. Stone.
News Corp has decided has decided on a very thick and crude pay-wall model for its UK paper The Times, says Stephen Bartholomeusz: no bundling, no micro-payments, no tiered access. It's all or nothing with Rupe.
The Australian says it will be "among the first newspapers to offer an iPad edition". It isn't naming a price -- but there will be one -- but ominously notes that its sister paper, the WSJ, is charging AU$19.80 a month.
Google's Chief Economist Hal Varian offers some advice to newspaper publishers: paywalls won't cure your financial woes -- going big online will. Forget costly printed news: news outlets must go 100% online to survive.
Rupert Murdoch has declared that "Content is not just king, it is the emperor of all things electronic". Speaking of "emporers"...
In ominous news for the NYT and News Corp, it has been revealed that newsday.com has only secured 35 subscribers since the paper put up a paywall. The account of how the figure came out is gold.
The New York Times will introduce a charge for readers to use its website next year, heralding the most important development so far in the agonising who-will-pay-for-quality-journalism debate. The world of free journalism will never be the same.