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The New York Times' decision to drop its outdated subscription model appears to have paid off, with visitor numbers increasing by almost 3m in October.
Figures from Nielsen/NetRatings, quoted in WebProNews, show that the newspaper's online audience grew from 14.6m in September to 17.5m last month.
Rupert Murdoch has said he is planning to make the Wall Street Journal free to access on the web, following its recent purchase by News Corp.
The paper, one of the few that still charges subscriptions, earns around $50m per year from 1m users but hopes to generate more cash by increasing its traffic.
Speaking in Australia, Murdoch said:
"We are studying it and we expect to make that free, and instead of having 1m (subscribers), having at least 10m to 15m in every corner of the earth."
The Times is to make it easier for readers to contribute to its website by allowing them to blog by phone using voice to text services provided by SpinVox.
The service is initially aimed at travel bloggers as part of the site's YourWorld promotion with BMW. TimesOnline users will be able to give accounts of their travels from anywhere in the world, and read those posted by other readers.
MySpace has announced a new targeted ad platform on the social network, which looks like a version of Google AdSense for display ads.
The system, SelfServe, is aimed at small businesses, politicians etc, and will allow advertisers to create and target display ads, as well as providing analytics tools to track their effectiveness.
MySpace has joined up with Google for the launch of its OpenSocial platform, which aims to create a common platform for developers to create applications for social networks.
Bebo also joined in with OpenSocial yesterday, while LinkedIn, XING, Friendster and Orkut are already on board. The big question is whether Facebook will decide to join Google's initiative.
Roy Greenslade, who appears to be my favourite blogger du jour, sparked a furore last week after deciding to quit the NUJ after 30 years of membership, a move which makes even more sense once you digest what the NUJ thinks about ‘Web 2.0’.
The National Union of Journalists’ magazine – which I don’t subscribe to, before you get the wrong impression - has a bizarre article in this month’s issue called ‘Web 2.0 Is Rubbish’.
Google has thrown down the gauntlet to Facebook with plans to compete with the social network’s hugely popular software development platform.
The devilishly cunning but widely expected move - coming just a few days after Facebook’s strategic partnership with Microsoft - will see the online ad giant allowing developers to build apps and syndicate them across different social media sites.
Tom Anderson, the co-founder and public face of MySpace, has been rumbled for lying about his age in his profile – he’s apparently four years older than he claims.
But besides showing how far he was prepared to go to appear in touch with MySpace's yoof audience, and being pretty embarrassing, is this a big deal?
NBC and Fox's joint online video venture Hulu has launched today. The site will only be available to a few thousand beta testers initially, but its content will be rolled out to Hulu's distribution partners.
MySpace will be launching a platform for outside application developers in the 'next couple of months', according to Rupert Murdoch and MySpace chief executive Chris DeWolfe.
As predicted, Murdoch announced the plans during the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco yesterday, saying MySpace would begin by offering a directory of widgets that have been created for the site.
The New York Times has been making changes to its UGC policy recently -enabling users to make comments directly on its blog pages but stopping short of allowing them on all articles.
Until the end of last year, it had no system for user participation, but has since started to add links to news sharing sites Newsvine and Digg so that comments could at least be left on these sites.
LinkedIn will open up to application developers but in a much more limited way than its rival Facebook, according to CEO Dan Nye.
The business-focused social network announced plans to create an open platform for developers earlier this year, but Nye said LinkedIn wanted to avoid some of the more frivolous applications that have been created through Facebook's API.