Some good thoughts from Paul Ford on the recent announcement from the NY Times about their TimesSelect offering. “The web should serve the needs of its users, not the needs of a few hundred advertisers. If that ends up costing money, so be it; this medium is not inherently free.”
John Battelle has some interesting thoughts on the NYTimes’ move to charge for some of its content. “The Times stated reason for doing this is to diversify its revenue mix, and I buy that logic. It’s scary to be totally leveraged over advertising.”
Microsoft recently licensed their core and web fonts (Verdana, Georgia, etc.) to Ascender. These fonts were formerly distributed free of charge on the web by Microsoft…now they only come free with MS products.
Meetup is now requiring all groups to pay $19/month. Seems like this will kill off a bunch of the more casual groups.