The Washington Post is suspending its pay gate in an effort to get information out to all readers.
The newspaper introduced a new subscription-only Web site in March that charged for access to "premium" stories and columns. But its content is reportedly free now.
After the hacking group lashed out at Wikileaks for using a donation overlay page on its Global Intelligence Files, the organization acquiesces and takes down the page.
The move to offer readers "unrivaled content" separate from the free SFGate.com appears to be an attempt to woo readers back to good old-fashioned print.
Following suit with other national newspapers, the struggling D.C. paper is said to be looking for additional revenue streams.
As people go online to keep tabs on Hurricane Sandy, news outlets including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal are responding by making their content free, for a while.
What started as a donation paywall dispute has led to what looks like a break in ties between the two groups.
DowJones: "We're working with Google to take it down."
Google has added an option to its First Click Free feature that will allow publishers to place a limit on how many free stories you can read before you're asked to cough up
Instead of a having a paywall, some online publications are asking readers to answer a marketing question. Can this possibly be annoying? Can this possibly be Google behind it all?