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Beginning at 1 p.m. CST Monday, The New York Times will end free access to its Web site for non-subscribers. In erecting a paywall, executives at the Times are trying to walk a fine line: generate subscription revenue from avid readers willing to pay, while still retaining more the casual customers who boost advertising revenue with their clicks.

Analyzing online readership habits and polling data led the Times to set that fine line at 20 articles every four weeks. Click on fewer and you’ll have free access — but to get article #21, you’ll have to pay up. Get the full story »

New York Times shares rise on paywall news

The New York Times Co. said it will launch a long-planned digital paywall this month to boost revenue at its flagship newspaper, as the media company seeks to reverse the effect of industry-wide declines that have pulled down its top line. Get the full story »

Ongo online subscription news service launches

A personalized news service funded by New York Times Co., Washington Post Co ., and Gannett Co. launched Tuesday in an attempt to get readers to pay for online news.

Ongo, which received $12 million in funding from the three newspaper publishers, delivers news from a variety of sources starting at $7 a month. Get the full story »

N.Y. Times to add e-book best-seller list

E-books have reached another milestone: their own best-seller lists in The New York Times.

The Times, whose best-seller lists have long been a benchmark for success among authors, announced Wednesday that in early 2011 it will begin publishing rankings for fiction and nonfiction e-books.

The digital market has grown rapidly in the last three years, starting with’s Kindle reader and continuing with Apple’s iPad and Barnes & Noble’s Nook.

Lee Abrams resigns from Tribune Co.

Lee Abrams. (Handout)

Tribune Co. Chief Innovation Officer Lee Abrams, who began the work week by sending a companywide e-mail that contained content deemed inappropriate, resigned Friday.

The e-mail, the latest in a weekly series of free-form observations and exhortations Abrams sent to all Tribune Co. employees in hopes of inspiring them to reconsider print and broadcast conventions, included links to video newscast parodies. One, which contained profanity and nudity, he labeled “Sluts.” Get the full story »

New York Times expects 3Q loss, lower revenue

The New York Times Co. said Wednesday it expects to show a loss for the third quarter, with newspaper advertising still in decline.

Unlike the prior quarter, the Times Co. said that growth in digital ad sales will not make up for declines on the print side. Making matters worse, the company expects a drop in revenue from subscription and newsstand sales. Get the full story »

Starbucks to add local content to go with Wi-Fi

Starbucks Inc., hoping to leverage its recent decision to offer free Wi-Fi at its stores, is working with Yahoo Inc. to create a Web site customized by location.

In addition to The New York Times, USA Today, Yahoo and Zagat, Starbucks announced last week that publisher Rodale, Nickelodeon’s Nick Jr. Boost and online charity DonorsChoose.orgĀ  also will contribute content providers for its Starbucks Digital Network. The Web site is expected to go live this fall.

Customers who access the Internet at Starbucks will encounter the site before they can surf the web.