Newspaper site is expected to launch "Journal Community" to allow paying subscribers to comment on individual stories, create discussion groups on specific topics, and seek advice.
The Wall Street Journal's Web site sends stock quotes and snippets of its news stories to AOL Instant Messenger users who sign up for the service.
A technical glitch in the redesigned Wall Street Journal Web site has hampered access for some customers. The site suspended a front-page customization feature while technicians worked on the problem, which was corrected Monday afternoon, according to The Associated Press. The site relaunched Saturday morning, but site administrators learned of the glitch Monday morning as customers trying to log in began complaining. The problem's origin was unknown due to the number of new elements on the site coming live at the same time, including new servers and software, according to the AP.
Dow Jones, the parent company of The Wall Street Journal Online, is considering a price increase for the news Web site. Steven Goldstein, vice president of Dow Jones, said the company is several months away from a decision about whether it will raise WSJ.com's subscription rate, which costs subscribers to the print edition an additional $29 annually and runs $59 annually for just the online version. Dow Jones is "looking to price the service fairly for the content that is available," Goldstein said. The Wall Street Journal Online is held up as one of the few successful subscription sites, although it has not reached profitability yet. The site had 574,000 subscribers as of March 31.
The online arm of The Wall Street Journal intends to lay off some of its staff as part of a restructuring plan to reduce costs amid the Net advertising slowdown.
One winner will be awarded the chance to be a "citizen reporter" at the exclusive World Economic Forum, reporting for both MySpace and WSJ.com
Under the deal, company will be the exclusive third-party ad provider for Dow Jones-owned sites including WSJ.com and Marketwatch.com.