Peter Kafka

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New York Times Launches Pay Plan With Discount, New Android App; iPad Update Coming

The New York Times’s paywall/digital subscription plan, fourteen months in the making, kicks off today with a couple bells and whistles: The paper is offering an introductory discount of $0.99 for four weeks, and has also overhauled its app for Google’s Android phones. Last week, the publisher revised its app for Apple’s iPhone; it says it will have an update for its iPad app, with “several key stability enhancements,” in a few weeks.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work