The NY Times could have protected itself by having what is called a “registry lock” in place, which prevents domain transfers or changes to the DNS details. In fact, having that lock in place is likely the only thing that prevented Twitter.com from suffering the same fate as the NY Times.
Here’s some crappy news for cheapskates like myself. Apparently emboldened by the nearly half a million people who signed up to pay for online access to the New York Times, the venerable media company is cutting the number of free articles non-subscribers get from 20 per month to just 10. It’s hoping to drive more folks into paying for digital access, as its revenue from traditional print advertising continues to decline.