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New York Times Makes Its Paywall Harder To Jump (AllThingsD)
One year after launching a controversial paywall, The New York Times said it has nearly 500,000 paying subscribers for its flagship paper. It also said it will make it harder for people to read on the Web without paying up. Capital New York The New York Times and its sister brand, the International Herald Tribune, have clocked roughly 454,000 paid digital subscribers since one year ago, when their parent company launched a program to start charging readers for unlimited access to content on the Web and e-readers, the Times announced Tuesday morning. CNET / The Digital Home The New York Times has cut the number of free articles readers are allowed to access in half. The publishing company said Tuesday that starting in April, readers will be able to access 10 stories for free each month. The New York Times previously allowed its readers to access 20 free stories each month. The move is a not-so-subtle attempt on the Times' part to push more of its readers to paid subscriptions. Gawker Cut that bad boy in half. Sucks for your mom, who is a cheapskate. But what about people who know how to do things on the Internet? Key sentence of Tuesday morning's press release: "Readers who come to Times articles through links from email, search, blogs, and social media will continue to be able to access those individual articles, even if they have reached their reading limit." NYT Co. In making Tuesday's announcement, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., chairman and CEO of The New York Times Co. and publisher of The New York Times, said, "Last year was a transformative one for the Times as we began to charge for digital access to our content. Today, close to a half million people are now paying for digital content from the Times and the IHT. We knew that readers placed a high value on our journalism, and we anticipated that they would respond positively to our digital subscription packages. Our commitment to all of our subscribers, both print and digital, is that we will continue to invest in and evolve our journalism and our products, and we will remain a source of trustworthy news, information, and high-quality opinion for many years to come."

Erin Burnett 'Annoyed' She Was Used In RNC's 'War On Women' Ad (Yahoo! News / The Cutline)
The Republican National Committee rolled out a new ad over the weekend called "Obama's War on Women," linking comedian and Obama campaign backer Bill Maher's controversial comments about Sarah Palin to the administration. The 90-second spot featured several TV news personalities, including ABC's George Stephanopoulos, MSNBC's Chris Matthews. and CNN's Erin Burnett. "At first I was kind of amused I was included," Burnett said Monday. "Then I was annoyed. I certainly don't agree that Democrats are in a war on women." HuffPost "Let's end this talk about a war on women and name calling, and instead have substantive conversations about the real issues, like women's pay and reproductive rights," she said.

Philippe Guelton Named Thrillist President (minOnline)
Philippe Guelton, who was Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. executive vice president and chief operating officer from April 2003 through the unit's May 2011 acquisition by Hearst Magazines, moves to the seemingly much different Thrillist Media Group with his hire Monday as president.

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