Encouraged by nearly 500K digital subscribers, NY Times is making its online paywall twice as high

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.

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Facebook’s next big move: a paywall?

Facebook’s IPO filing yesterday comes after a highly  successful 2011 — $3.7 billion in revenue, $1 billion in profit according to recent reports. Yet, as the world eagerly awaits the opportunity to invest in the social networking giant, it’s worth asking, where does Facebook go after the FB ticker starts trading?

The NYT paywall seems to hurt traffic. Is that a problem?

We’re still very early into The New York Times’ paywall experiment, but research company Experian Hitwise is already collecting data on how the move has affected traffic to NYTimes.com. Its finding? Traffic is down.