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NY Times Tightens Paywall on Mobile Apps

The execs at the New York Times appreciate that you read lots of articles via the paper’s mobile apps, but they just have one little request: Ante up. To nudge readers toward that goal, today the Times has tightened the paywall on its mobile apps.

Previously, anyone using a Times mobile app could access three free articles per day. The paper will now allow you to access just 10 free articles per month. After that, you’ll be prompted to pay for a subscription. Any articles reached by social network links still won’t count toward your monthly limit.

Now please, you know what to do: 1) Listen to some Mash Out Posse and 2) Buy a Times subscription.

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Dozens of Homeless People Hired to Stand in Line at Apple Store

On the heels of all sorts of Tuesday craziness at retail locations stocking Grand Theft Auto V, there has been more mayhem yesterday and today at Apple stores delivering the new iPhone. One of the strangest scenes unfolded on the west coast in Old Town Pasadena.

KTLA tech reporter Rich DeMuro revealed that dozens of homeless people were hired by a local businessman to stand in line overnight. Each enlisted person was told they would receive $20-times-two for their pair of iPhone purchase placeholders. They were also given pizza, soda and cigarettes.

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NY Times Updates Apps for iOS 7

We imagine that you’ve heard already, but today Apple released its latest software update, iOS 7. Not wanting to be seen as so September 17th, The New York Times has already released updated versions of its iPhone and iPad apps.

The revamped Times’ apps keep the theme of iOS 7: Everything is clean and pretty. Not only that, but the new apps allow users to share articles via Apple’s AirDrop feature.

If you don’t have an iPhone or an iPad we have one question for you: How do you live with yourself?

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Business Insider CTO Forced to Resign Following Twitter Firestorm (NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer)
Pax Dickinson has been forced to resign as chief technology officer at Business Insider following an online firestorm over his long history of controversial tweets, according to a source who has been in contact with him. Dickinson got in hot water Monday over his most recent string of tweets about feminism, misogyny and women in tech. A look at his tweets from over the years uncovered many more instances of Dickinson bashing feminists, gays and the poor, among others. FishbowlNY How offensive were his tweets? Well, it depends on which ones you want to discuss. Dickinson dabbled in pretty much everything. HuffPost The brouhaha began around the time Dickinson offered this opinion on the issue of women in tech: “Feminism in tech remains the champion topic for my block list. My finger is getting tired,” he tweeted. The flurry of responses caught the eye of Nitasha Tiku over at Gawker’s Valleywag. Tiku noticed Dickinson’s Twitter account was littered with posts potentially offending Christians, the LGBT community, women, minimum-wage earners, Jews, rape victims and African-Americans. Slate / XX Factor Dickinson’s tweets were no secret within the company; the website’s chief correspondent, Nicholas Carlson, admitted to blocking his feed so he didn’t have to interact with him on Twitter. “Pax was speaking for himself, not Business Insider. We obviously don’t condone what he said,” the company’s founder, editor and CEO, Henry Blodget, told Valleywag’s Sam Biddle when the retweets began to mount. NY Observer / BetaBeat Dickinson is the most recent and potent example of sexism (and racism, and classism) in tech, but he’s certainly not the only one. Such a rancorous person doesn’t scale the corporate ladder — tweeting all the while! — without some sort of systemic acceptance (or at least tolerance) of his attitudes. Business Insider / Henry Blodget A Business Insider executive has made some comments on Twitter that do not reflect our values and have no place at our company. The executive has left the company, effective immediately.

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Playboy is Making Some Curious Changes

Scott Flanders is Playboy Enterprises first CEO outside of the Hugh Hefner family, and he’s got some interesting ideas for the company. According to The Wall Street Journal, Flanders is working hard at expanding the licensing of the iconic Playboy brand (Playboy toothpaste? Maybe!) and wants people to think of Playboy as elegant. ”Our favorite line is, ‘Less sweatsuit, more Tom Ford,’” Kristin Patrick, CMO of the company, told the Journal.

It’s easy to get caught up in Playboy’s sweatsuit attack — it seems, at the very least, un-American — but the change that Flanders is brining that will surely catch the most attention is a new, nudity-free app:

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WWD Updates iPhone App

WWD has updated its iPhone app. The new version is now available in Apple’s app store, and will make use of Apple’s subscription system, which pushes new issues to users’ phones automatically. Other features include a streaming newsfeed and expanded slideshow content.

“As industry leaders and decision-makers, our readers need to be able to access WWD immediately, easily and from anywhere,” said Edward Nardoza, editor-in-chief of WWD. “The new iPhone edition furthers our ability to keep them connected with our news and fashion coverage throughout the day.”

The WWD iPhone app is free for print subscribers. Non-subscribers can purchase an iPad and iPhone subscription for $12.99 per month or $129.99 per year.

The New Yorker Launches iPhone App

For those of you who enjoy reading things on a tiny screen, we have good news: The New Yorker has launched an iPhone app.

According to the magazine, the app features “every story, every cartoon, every em dash, every illustration, and the new issue is available each Monday.” There are also video and music clips.

The New Yorker iPhone app is free this week, after that it is $5.99 per issue or $59.99 per year. Print, iPad and Kindle subscribers get it for free.

If you’re especially bored today, here is a video of Lena Dunham and others introducing the app.

(VIDEO) Dari Alexander’s iPhone Goes Off During 10 O’Clock News

It was a night for recapping the horrific events from Aurora, Colorado. Greg Kelly was co-anchoring his first 10 p.m. newscast with extensive breaking news.

The unfortunate story that captivated New Yorkers involved the alleged gunmen who fired at least 70 times at the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises. WNYW/Channel 5 opened the broadcast with a live shot from the Denver surburb, although it featured a typo on the screen for the location: “Colorodo.”

Kelly did drop the ad-libbing quality during the coverage, a mainstay of the NYPD commissioner’s son. But unlike his counterparts at other stations, Kelly laid the emotion on too thick, seeming insincere.

However, it was his on-air partner who fell victim to an embarrassing moment. At 10:47, as the newscast returned from a commercial break, Dari Alexander was flustered by her iPhone starting to play music or a musical ringtone.

Adding to the unprofessionalism, Alexander, it appears, was in the midst of a conversation with Kelly when the red light went on. (See video below)

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Elevator Pitch: Wyst Sends a Message in a Bottle From Your iPhone

In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s “Elevator Pitch,” host Alan Meckler meets with Yago Amerlinck Huerta, whose startup, Wyst, gives users the ability to send a digital message in a bottle from their iPhones.

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Elevator Pitch: Moonit App Finds Friends, Lovers Using Astrology

In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s “Elevator Pitch,” host Alan Meckler chats with the co-founders of Moonit, a social discovery app that connects people using astrology.

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