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Apple Newsstand ropes in longtime holdout WSJ

Longtime holdout of Apple's Newsstand service, The Wall Street Journal changed course today, and is now offering a complete version of its paper through the paid subscription service.

The Journal has had a reader app on the App Store since early 2010, but did not allow users to subscribe using their Apple ID and linked credit card account, something that gives Apple a cut of the profit. That business model, along with a system that requires users to opt-in to sharing some of their demographic information, has been irksome for some publishers.

The new service, which went into effect … Read more

Hurricane Sandy blows down paywalls at NY Times, WSJ

Two major publications have stripped away their paywalls to give consumers unfettered access to up-to-date information on the arrival of Hurricane Sandy.

The New York Times removed its usual paywall on Sunday evening for both its Web site and its apps. Spokesperson Eileen Murphy told Poynter:

The gateway has been removed from the entire site and all apps. The plan is to keep it that way until the weather emergency is over.

The paywall -- which typically prevents users from viewing more than 10 articles for free each month -- has occasionally been removed in the past, when the situation … Read more

Wall Street Journal to unveil app for Facebookers

The Wall Street Journal is launching a Facebook app today that will draw from Journal content to create a socially oriented news publication housed on the popular site, according to a report.

With the new WSJ Social app, readers will choose to follow various streams--some curated by staff, others by fellow readers--which will determine what stories they see, writes Forbes reporter Jeff Bercovici. Readers with the most followers will be eligible for prizes.

The Journal will get all revenue from ads within the app, and Facebook will place ads around it. Paid content on the Journal's Web site will … Read more

Chrome extension allows users to hop WSJ's paywall

If two bucks a week just sounds like too much to pay for access to a slew of content, and you don't mind crossing Rupert Murdoch, then Read WSJ is the Chrome extension for you. A free download in the Chrome Web Store, this rather simple bit of code provides easy access to much of the articles and other content that more upstanding Journal readers actually pay for.

The app is basically a script that automatically searches for cached versions of WSJ stories on Google and then places a special icon next to a headline if one is available … Read more

Buzz Out Loud 1192: The ethical standards of GoDaddy (podcast)

We accidentally besmirch the reputation of Danica Patrick, come up with some reasons why Bing might actually work (except for how it apparently means "disease" in Chinese), and take to task the millions of people who are still deliberately clicking on spam.

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WSJ on iPad for $17.99 a month, magazines to be at or near newsstand prices? http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/25/wsj-on-ipad-17-99-a-month-magazines-to-be-at-or-near-newsstand/

Gmail to alert users to suspicious activity http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-20001078-245.html

Microsoft'… Read more

CNET News Daily Podcast: iPad news subscriptions will cost how much?!

Here's some bad news for folks who were expecting iPad media subscriptions to be cheaper than the real thing. A report from The Wall Street Journal (on itself), points at a monthly price tag that costs more than it would to actually get the newspaper delivered to your house every day. So much for cheap, digital delivery.

We also talk about the alleged Twitter hacker who leaked those Twitter internal documents last year; getting busted by the FBI; as well as GoDaddy no longer selling .cn domain names in China. Tune in to hear more about these stores and … Read more

Dear newspapers: I will pay for your content, once

I am a willing subscriber to The Wall Street Journal's online edition. It's $100 a year, which is a lot for online content, especially considering that you can generally find a way to get for free. But I'm a professional writer, and times are hard for all of us. I consider it a professional courtesy to pay, even handsomely, for excellent work. What I won't do is pay for twice. Unfortunately, that's what the WSJ wants me to do:

I recently downloaded the iPhone app for the WSJ, and discovered that getting access to the … Read more

Buzz Out Loud Podcast 1106: A tall drink of moon water

Turns out when we blew up the moon a few weeks ago, we found water! Yay! The bottled water companies are presumably planning their trips now. THIS is how we motivate us to get back to the moon! We also hear more from old man Murdoch on blocking Google from indexing his newspapers, and Dell launches a smartphone. Does anybody want it?

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Rupert Murdoch to remove News Corp’s content from Google ‘in months’ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/digital-media/6559694/Rupert-Murdoch-to-remove-News-Corps-content-from-Google-in-months.htmlRead more

Oracle overtures to Sun customers mum on MySQL

Oracle has much to say to Sun Microsystems customers in a front-page advertisement it placed in Thursday's European edition of The Wall Street Journal.

The advertisement commits to greater investments in Sun hardware and Solaris software, but has absolutely nothing to say about MySQL. Is this a necessary omission to appease European regulators, or is it a sign of Oracle's intentions?

In the advertisement, Oracle commits to the following:

IBM, which has been cleaning up at Sun's expense, gets a warning from Oracle CEO Larry Ellison: "We're in it to win it. IBM, we're … Read more

BOL 1030: SSL is SOL

Black Hat this week means lots of security vulnerabilities in the news, including the fact that Secure Sockets Layer is now just Sockets Layer thanks to an exploit discovered by Kaminsky and friends. We also decide that you can't fix stupid. Too bad. I wish we could.

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Apple at CES 2010 says WSJ – Engadget says otherwise. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-10299417-37.html http://www.engadget.com/2009/07/30/wsj-apple-going-to-ces-2010-reality-nope/

Apple says jailbreaking is a national security issue http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10298646-1.html

Details on presidential motorcades, safe house for First Family, leak via P2P http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9136053/Details_on_presidential_motorcades_safe_house_for_First_Family_leak_via_P2P

Researchers exploit flaws in SSL, domain authentication system http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-10299459-245.html

Intel motherboards suffer Bios flaws http://news.zdnet.co.uk/security/0,1000000189,39698949,00.htm

Re-engineering GPS for navigation on phones http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-10298696-94.html

Windows Mobile becomes Windows Phone http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/1495570/windows-mobile-windows-phone

Nissan introduces new smart in-car nav system http://social.telematicsupdate.com/content/nissans-new-nav-system-focuses-safer-greener-driving

EMI selling CDs to megachains only from now on http://slashdot.org/story/09/07/30/0117222/EMI-Only-Selling-CDs-To-Mega-Chains-From-Now-OnRead more