Peter Kafka

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The Daily Will Release Subscriber Numbers Some Day That's Not Today

News Corp.’s Daily tablet newspaper had a high-profile launch in February, but didn’t start charging customers until two weeks ago. So how’s it selling? “We’re happy with where we are,” publisher Greg Clayman told the Ad Age Digital conference today. What about that study showing a marked decline in social media sharing from the iPad app since it started charging? Some deadpan from Clayman: “When we started charging, we didn’t have 100 percent conversion.” (News Corp. also owns this [free] Web site).


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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