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Fairfax NZ has no paywall plans for news

Fairfax Media has no plans to put general news on Stuff behind a paywall but may charge for some specialist content, New Zealand chief executive Simon Tong says.

The New Yorker goes behind a paywall

The free ride is over for Web browsers of The New Yorker archives. Since July, access to the entire site has been free, but as of Tuesday, it went behind...

As Toronto Star paywall tumbles, industry struggles with what comes next

Last year, the Sun Media chain announced it would gradually introduce paywalls at its papers across the country, while the Toronto Star was the last major national paper to dive in. La Presse daily digital circulation is up to 88,212, which largely explains why the Star, whose digital readership is half that of La Presse, came calling.

Toronto Star to drop digital paywall in 2015

Torstar Corp. plans to remove the digital paywall on the Toronto Star in fall 2015 and simultaneously launch a new tablet app. Removing the paywall, which went up in 2013, could have an impact on circulation revenue, but may lure advertisers back into the fold, Torstar CEO David Holland said after releasing third-quarter earnings for the chain. "This is an important strategic step forward for ...

Toronto Star's Paywall Gone In 2015

TORONTO - Torstar Corp. plans to remove the paywall at the country's largest newspaper, the Toronto Star, next year to coincide with the launch of a new tablet edition. The owner of the Toronto Star and other publications said it's main focus is on delivering content across multiple platforms — a move it's betting will attract more readers, and bring national advertisers back into the fold ...

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A change in how /r/Atlanta treats myajc.com links (and other paywall sites) coming Aug 1, input wanted

The moderators feel that /r/Atlanta is here to benefit everyone. Links to paywalled sites don't benefit everyone, and instead cause frustration for many. We already have a few low quality sites on the blacklist, and we're contemplating putting MyAJC.com on that same list. The reason is that useful news is being hidden behind a paywall, making links to MyAJC.com useless for the majority of /r/Atlanta users. They click through, and just see the headline and a paywall.

The proposal is that on August 1, MyAJC.com link will be marked as spam automatically. Yes, MyAJC is a way for the AJC to raise revenue, and they're completely entitled to do that. However we have no responsibility to help them raise their revenues. We're not simply an advertisement for the AJC. There are many other quality news sources in Atlanta, and we want to draw from all of them. We encourage people to find other sources for their links, which Google News should be able to help with.

We want to hear from you, do you agree with this? Disagree? Tell us here. If the popular outcry is against this idea, we won't go forward with it. If the general tone is agreement, then we will.

Thanks for your time.

The Management.

Edit: So far we have exactly one top level comment with a "nay" vote.

Edit 2: Still only one no vote, so on August 1, we'll be banning MyAJC.com. If you're an AJC employee, and would like to change our minds, whitelist reddit.com referrers like WSJ and NYTimes does for Google. Otherwise, bye bye MyAJC.

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Posted on 17 July 2014

Petit truc pour bypasser le paywall du Journal de Montréal

Même si le journal n'est pas toujours pertinent, je n'aime pas quand le contenu d'un site m'est barré. Pour cette raison, voici les petites étapes pour détourner le paywall.

Prérequis:

Étapes

  • Dans Adblock ajouter l'URL http://www.journaldemontreal.com/paywall/theme/wro/paywall.js* à votre filtre bloquant
  • Dans Stylebot ajouter le style http://stylebot.me/styles/5588
  • Tester avec cet article: http://www.journaldemontreal.com/2014/04/27/8000--pour-avoir-harcele-deux-voisins-pendant-des-annees

Vous pourrez maintenant lire le contenu bloqué sans problème.

EDIT: Merci pour le Gold!! Je vais mettre à jour cette procédure lorsque celle-ci ne fonctionnera plus.

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Posted on 28 April 2014

Microsoft seem to be *considering* removing some stuff from behind paywalls. Starting with their new exclusive programming.

I was reading the Destructoid article on the new exclusive programming shows on Xbox and I ran across one interesting part of it.

"We haven't set anything in stone yet, president of entertainment and digital media Nancy Tellem told Destructoid. "I think it will depend upon the content that we have. There's a priority to make sure that the Xbox Live service and what people are paying for that there's a real value proposition and value to them paying these subscriber fees.

"There are also others that we're debating actually to put in front of the paywall and that would be subsidized in a different way, but again having people exposed to the content and what we have to offer in order to give them more insight at what would be a real value to the Xbox Live subscriber. We're trying to figure out which makes the most sense, how it's tied with other things ... and we're also trying to figure out from an economic model makes the most sense."


At least with TV shows they are considering putting them in front of the paywall rather than behind it which is fantastic news. Who knows if this will translate to other apps on the system. I doubt Netflix or Hulu will do it, but say Xbox Music would be nice. Even if it meant only being able to play our existing music collection.

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Posted on 28 April 2014

TIP: Bypassing Press+ paywalls with Adblock

It seems that more and more Canadian news outlets are using Press+ paywalls to limit access to content above a certain number of views per month. Some, like the National Post, are quite restrictive at only five views per month.

Fortunately, all these paywalls do is use a script to hide the content behind a DIV. The actual article is still there. Now, you could right click and delete the DIV elements each time, but that's rather onerous. A better solution is just to block the script with a couple of Adblock rules. Just add these two lines to your Adblock definitions:

||ppjol.com/* ||ppjol.net/* 

There, you never have to worry about that stupid paywall ever again.

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Posted on 26 April 2014

Drama-magnet and former mod Agentlame banned from /r/technology, SRD recap submission removed and flaired as "paywall"

Former /r/technology moderator and drama magnet /u/agentlame submitted his highly popular SRD recap, "The failed moderation and gaming of /r/technology", to /r/technology hours ago.

The post, which consisted of a direct link to the SRD submission, received a considerable number of upvotes and rocketed to the front page, but was later deleted by the /r/technology moderators and flaired as being "behind a paywall".

Shortly after, /u/agentlame was banned from /r/technology with no reason given. Upon questioning the mods about why his removed post was flaired as "behind a paywall" despite being a direct link to /r/SubredditDrama, he received a response from /r/technology moderator anutensil, saying:

Oops! Must've hit the wrong removal reason.

The post has currently been reflaired as "not appropriate subreddit" but the process took a few hours.

Edit: Another user, Creesch, has resubmitted the deleted thread to /r/technology here:

As you can see, this thread has also been deleted, and flaired as... "Already covered". The only other submission covering it was the one above which had already been deleted and flaired as "paywall".


Bonus:

In further internal mod drama news, the new mods of /r/technology are apparently having continual disputes with top mods. In this screenshot provided by /u/gaget, a recently added /r/technology mod, /u/X019, claimed that he had to remove one of anutensil's comments from a recent /r/technology sticky thread because she was acting "childish at best".


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Posted on 19 April 2014

As people who appreciate and love Xbox, I think it's time we became more vocal as a community and finally said no to the XBL app paywall.

Since the first Xbox I have been a huge supporter of Microsoft and their gaming console. I've put hundreds of hours into single and multiplayer halo, into curating my Viva Piñata garden, in exploring outside of my emerged bathosphere, and I regret none of that time spent.

I adore my Xbox One equally. I wouldn't trade the reliability of Xbox live for anything. And while I love the tech behind the machine, I find it painfully archaic that it still prevents people from using free services, that are available virtually everywhere, unless they pay for an annual online subscription.

As a next gen machine, it needs to stop relying on old policies. It needs to evolve and by making people pay to use apps like netflix, they are just reminding people of tired and old practices that harken back to a day that we've all matured away from.

If the Xbox one is truly a console for everyone, then this is an obvious boundary that needs to come down.

Edit: Basically, Xbox live is a service worth paying for. But charging for access to other subscription services makes the platform look bad, especially considering that no other hardware on the planet does that.

Microsoft is creative. Create content and new features in place of holding these apps hostage behind a paywall to draw in paid users.

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Posted on 14 December 2013

Why Should Video Subscription Services be Behind a Paywall?

After Netflix, Hulu Plus, and various other subscription based services have remained behind the Xbox Live Gold paywall for such a long time, should that requirement be taken down with the launch of the Xbox One? It did make sense that Netflix was once behind a paywall solely for the fact that Microsoft was developing the Netflix app for the Xbox and it featured things such as Group Video Watching and such, but is there really any reason for it to still be as such?

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Posted on 1 August 2013

Side-stepping the SMH/Age paywall

Normally I wouldn't advocate for this sort of stuff, but Fairfax's subscription model is shitty (and expensive for what you get) and has left sub-holders like me without access past the wall.

Obviously in both Firefox and Chrome, you can just right click any articles and go 'Open in new Incognito Window' or 'Open in InPrivate Window' - but a much easier method is to just block all the SMH cookies from being set at all.

To do this in Chrome, click the favicon, and go to 'Show Cookies and Site Data'. Then just work through the cookies (any 'smh', 'age', or 'fairfax' ones) and click block.

Similarly in Firefox, click the favicon, click show more info, and then navigate to this screen where you can disable cookies from being set.

Now the SMH or Age will always work for you.

EDIT: I actually received two angry PMs about this so I will clarify. I have a paid subscription. Fairfax have decided my subscription tier (which last year was giving me home delivery) does not qualify as having 'paywall access'. That's my reason for evading the paywall, you are free to have your own.

submitted by passa91 to australia
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Posted on 13 July 2013

Anyone else think Microsoft should take things like Netflix and HBO out from behind the Live Gold Paywall?

Not everything obviously. But for apps that someone can get on a Roku or Apple TV or PS4 for that matter.

Make deals for exclusive content apps and keep them behind the paywall, but let's free up the popular ones that are on every connected device. Would give someone one less reason to avoid the One.

EDIT: I believe Microsoft's position on this is that they are more valuable on the Xbox due to kinect integration (motion & voice commands)

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Posted on 21 June 2013

Dear Reddit, We Changed Our Paywall Just for You

Redditors-

RotoViz.com really values the Reddit fantasy football community and so we changed the way our paywall works just to make it easier for you to read our articles without seeing a subscription message.

Our paywall was always meant to allow a free view per day to accommodate discussion forums like Reddit. But that didn't work in some cases because people would click to our site, then click back, and then try to click the site again after having used up their free view. We've changed the code on our site so that if you're clicking from Reddit, it should let you read the article you're clicking to even if you've already used a free view.

tldr: We like you guys and we changed the way our site works to make it easier for you to read it.

A great example of the kind of content we're trying to put out is this post on the Giants backfield and Tom Coughlin's historical use of running backs:

http://rotoviz.com/index.php/2013/06/the-giants-backfield-part-ii-what-does-coughlins-history-suggest-for-david-wilson/

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Posted on 19 June 2013

[Rumor] New leaked information from MS conference

"Source"

If you can't bother to decrypt his language I'll try to interpret it for you.

  1. Microsoft is buying out publishers to not mention the PS4 versions of multi-platform titles, so you can assume if the presenter does not say "EXCLUSIVE TO XBOX ONE", that it will also be on PS4.

  2. More in depth DRM info at Gamescom. There is no rental strategy, they're trying to just sweep it under the rug and hope people don't remember.

  3. Cloud power was designed as DRM. It was Microsoft's idea, and they approached other publishers. EA and Ubisoft support, Activision slightly less so.

  4. DRM plans are worse than what they have said.

  5. Mirror's Edge 2 at MS conference. not shown, wait for EA conference.

  6. Prince of Persia (reboot?) at MS conference. not shown, wait for Ubisoft conference.

  7. Secret Phil Spencer game = World of Tanks. It is said that you still need Gold to play F2P games?

  8. Paywall for Xbox One.

  9. Dead Rising 3 as Xbox One exclusive. Exclusive DLC for another Capcom game.

  10. No paywall for PS4, but it's unconfirmed.

  11. Sony is very tight on their DRM policies, so no DRM info.

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Posted on 9 June 2013

Hank Hates Paywall and So Do I

Hank Green was recently quoted in the Wall Street Journal as saying he really doesn't like paywalls, the irony of course is that this article is behind a paywall so very few people will ever see it. Youtube is now rolling out paid subscription channels which means that paywalls are now going to be all over Youtube, which really sucks. Paywalls pretty much kill sharing and sharing is what the internets are all about.

There are many people like myself who want to be able to support creators we love in a way that is easy, magnifies awesome, while minimizing world suck, but also that still facilitates sharing. Flattr is a service designed to support creators on the web. I think that giving micro-donations through Flattr to Youtube creators I love may be one solution to this issue. If you share things on the web I would suggest giving Flattr a try it's free and you may get a lot more support than you might expect. Yea for creators, boo for paywalls! Your thoughts?

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Posted on 9 May 2013

I've met former North Korean soldiers, AMA

After seeing so many posts about North Korea following Kim Jong Un's barrage of threats, I thought I'd do another AMA in case there's any interest--my previous ones had a lukewarm reception to say the least. My background: I was a professor of literature in Seoul for three years, and I volunteered at an organization that supported North Korean defectors living in South Korea.

You can read about me here: http://chronicle.com/article/Growing-Pains-for-Foreign/136453/ (paywall) and here: http://thethreewisemonkeys.com/2013/02/11/lost-in-translation-the-case-of-the-medieval-professor-and-the-ivory-korean-tower/ (non-paywall).

While I don't know all the details about the North Korean military, their capabilities, or how real these current threats are, I do have some insight from what former soldiers told me and about Korean culture in general--both in the North and South.

Edit: Time for me to sign off--thanks for the questions; I hope I delivered!

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Posted on 4 April 2013

Portals behind paywall; access controlled by Ingress player

In a city near me, a dozen or so portals are located in a local privately-owned paid-access botanical garden. An Ingress player works at the facility, and is able to grant free access to his team, but access costs $12 for members of the opposition. Behind this paywall, his team has set up multiple L7+ portals - the only ones in the region - which our team cannot access without paying, but which his team can access for free.

Am I right that this kind of sucks? Perhaps more to the point, is this a violation of the portal guidelines? What course of action, if any, would you recommend?

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Posted on 17 February 2013

Missoulian, Billings Gazette, Helena IR & MT Standard now have a paywall: Here's how to easily disable it.

*Article at NewsAndTech: * http://www.newsandtech.com/news/article_5e3596ce-bc68-11e0-86c3-001cc4c002e0.html

I'm an employee of Lee who has made arguments against the "paywall" from the very beginning. My reasons include...

  • Our sites are already unattractive enough as it is, and offer little value to existing print-edition customers.

  • We sell local advertising on the basis of exposure (e.g. "Your add will receive 30,000 views a month in our 'Sports' section!") and the numbers of our most-viewed sections will now tank as a result of requiring people to pay after 15 articles. In turn, my department's revenue will also drop substantially.

  • Rather than taking suggestions from the people who actually work with the websites, it was simply decided that this is what we're doing, and it's non-negotiable.

The company who sold this to Lee, PressPlus (a subsidary of RR Donnelley) essentially sold us a bottle of snake oil, because the system relies entirely on JavaScript, which if blocked, disables the "paywall" entirely.

Disabling the Lee paywall in Google Chrome (All MT Sites):

  • Click the wrench icon in the upper-right corner, and chose 'Options'

  • Click 'Under the Hood' on the left, then click the 'Content Settings' button

  • On the 'JavaScript' section, you can leave the "Allow all sites to run JavaScript" selection, then click the 'Manage Exceptions' button

  • Add the following two entries to the "Pattern" field, with 'Block' in the dropdown box:

    [*.].ppjol.com

    [*.].ppjol.net

  • Close the 'Options' tab - You're done! No more paywall at any of the Montana Lee newspaper sites.

Disabling the Lee paywall in Firefox (All MT Sites):

  • Install "BlockSite" from the Mozilla Add-ons website (Just click the green 'Add to Firefox' button, then allow the add-on to install.)

  • Restart Firefox when prompted

  • Click the 'Tools' menu, then choose 'Add-Ons' (or in Firefox version 4+, click the orange Firefox menu in the upper-left, then choose 'Add-ons')

  • Click 'Extensions', then click 'BlockSite' and then 'Options'.

  • On the "BlockSite Preferences" window, click the 'Add' button to add each of the following (without the initial "http://" value):

    *.ppjol.com

    *.ppjol.net

  • Click the 'OK' button at the bottom of the "BlockSite Preferences" window, quit Firefox entirely, and then open Firefox again.

  • You're done! No more paywall at any of the Montana Lee newspaper sites.

Disabling the Lee paywall in Internet Explorer (All MT Sites):

  • Instructions forthcoming. For now, get Google Chrome or Firefox.

Enjoy!

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