Tech wrap: Another brick in the paywall

March 17, 2011

Vehicles drive past the New York Times headquarters in New York March 1, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas JacksonThe New York Times will start charging for full access to its articles on phones, tablet computers and the Web from March 28. You’ll still be able to access as many articles as you want through Facebook and Twitter, writes Business Insider’s Matt Rosoff. Felix Salmon thinks readers will go elsewhere.

Toshiba said an assembly line in Japan making liquid crystal displays would be closed for a month, and PC maker Lenovo voiced worries over parts in the latest threats to electronics supply chains from Japan’s devastating earthquake.

Sales of e-books in January increased by more than 115 percent compared to the same time the year before, a report released by the Association of American Publishers said.

Activity from Rustock, one of the world’s most prolific spam email networks, ground to a halt, apparently thanks to a coordinated effort by Internet service providers and software vendors, writes The Wall Street Journal’s Michael Hickins.

Best-selling author Jane McGonigal is spreading a message that playing games, whether electronic or physical, is not a waste of time but can improve lives and solve real world problems.

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