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New App Allows for Hands-Free NYT Web Browsing

When Leap Motion’s “Top News” App launches, the single featured news partner will be the New York Times.

Reading this morning’s TechCrunch report by Anthony Ha  conjured up for us a mental picture that is at once tantalizing and terrifying:

Users should be able to browse articles by moving their hands left and right. Headlines, images and summaries will be presented in a card format, and if you see something that interests you, you tap on the card to read the full article. You then scroll through the article by making a circular motion, and you shake your hand to return to the Top News menu.

For now, the App only includes top stories, and there’s no integration with the company’s subscription system. Paul Smurl, The Times‘ general manager of core digital products, said if the app is popular, the team could go further…

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New York Times Keeps Talking Cheaper Edition

The execs at The New York Times are apparently high on one day providing a cheaper subscription. The latest big name to tout the idea was Paul Smurl, vice president of NYTimes.com paid products.

Journalism.UK reports that Smurl told those gathered at the Digital Media Europe conference that the cheaper version could be priced as little as $10 or less. ”One of the things we are interested in is an entry-level product, as we’ve only penetrated a portion of users,” explained Smurl.

This is the second time we’ve heard about this low-priced version of the Times. In February, Denise Warren, the Times’ chief advertising officer and general manager of nytimes.com, broached the subject by claiming that the company is testing a cheaper version.

The only catch to this Low! Low! Low! discount price? It wouldn’t be the full Times. It’d be scaled down to several sections, like Theater and Home & Garden. You know, the sections no one reads. Kidding! There is no word on what sections the less expensive Times would include.

The New York Times Wants Questions About Paywall

Paul Smurl, Vice President for Paid Products at NYTimes.com, is now taking questions about the paper’s paywall, which goes into effect on the 28th. Anyone with a question can send it to asktheeditorsnyt[at]gmail[dot]com. The answers will then be posted here tomorrow and Friday.

Have at it people, but please, no forwards about cats. The guy has got enough to deal with.

Times Appoints Execs To Oversee Pay Wall

nytimescom.jpgIn advance of its introduction of a pay wall on its Web site next year, The New York Times has restructured the jobs of a handful of executives today. These vice presidents, which include Paul Smurl, Eliot Pierce and Nick Ascheim, will oversee the creation and implementation of the Times metered pay wall model, set to debut in 2011.

Smurl, currently a VP of advertising, has been appointed to the newly created position of VP of NYTimes.com paid products. Pierce, VP of operations and strategy for NYTimes.com, has been named VP of advertising and digital strategy, business development and ad operations. And Ascheim, who’s currently the VP of product management for NYTimes.com is taking on the few role of VP of new ventures for the Web site. All three will be reporting to Denise Warren, senior VP and chief advertising officer of The New York Times Media Group and general manager of the NYTimes.com.

In addition, Ira Silberstein, who currently overseeing classifieds, is being named VP of product management and classifieds for NYTimes.com and VP of digital production for the site Rob Larson is becoming VP of search products.

Full release, explaining what all these new titles actually mean, after the jump

Previously: NYTimes.com Pay Wall: Media CEOs, Editors And Bloggers Weigh In

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