With the potentially damaging Hurricane Sandy on the move, The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal are temporarily lifting the subscriptions paywalls on their websites to give everyone access to information about the weather event. All content on both sites, include apps for all mobile devices and all sections will be available starting today.
Usually the paywall at the NYT limits readers to 10 articles, but with it lifted, everyone has unlimited access to news. It's like 2005 again! The New York Times says their paywall will remain lifted until "the weather emergency is over."
This isn't the first time the paper has forgone its restrictions to content in the wake of a national event. As CNET points out, it also lifted the paywall, briefly, when Osama Bin Laden was killed and during Hurricane Irene last year. Good to know that when the situation is dire and news is necessary, even big names will let down their monetary guard to give everyone the most up to date news on what's going on.
Then again, you can always check out our always-free hurricane coverage here at Discovery News.
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