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The Times Loses 90% Of Online Readership After Erecting Registration Wall

Raise your hand if you are surprised. Looks like the only ones with their hands up are the Times management.

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Merlin Mann on Full-Content Feeds

A great rant on The Atlantic’s (apparently it’s a bug) RSS feeds going title-only, but it applies to pretty much anyone selling words for a living.

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Rupert Murdoch Still Threatening To Pull WSJ, Other News Corp. Sites From Google

Please, Rupert. I’m begging you. Do this. See what happens. Here’s a tip: Google (and the rest of us) don’t need you. You need us. We’re your audience.

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News Corp. Plans To Start Charging For All News Content

It’s hard to read this and not imagine News Corps’ chairman, Rupert Murdoch, standing on a beach, impotent, shouting and swinging his tiny fists at the ocean waves. “THIS BEACH BELONGS TO ME,” he’d scream.

Money can’t buy you control of the waves, Rupert. At least, not yet, anyway.

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Fair Use for Fair People

Anil Dash on the AllThingsD kerfuffle:

The Associated Press announcement addresses pricing, licensing, and legal threats. There is no statement made about the credibility of the information being published through these online channels, nor whether the act of aggregating and disseminating news this way has an impact on its accuracy or accountability.

I agree, entirely. What is at issue here is the attitude. My favorite writers right now (such as John Gruber, Merlin Mann, Andy Baio) are my favorites precisely because they care about one thing: creditability. They want their opinions and ideas to be credible not due to their stature as people, but due to the strength of their ideas and words themselves. This matters.