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Two Years Late, But New York Times At Last Joins SYS-CON.com

Times readers online can now at last make most of the NYTimes web site for free

After a two-year and widely unpopular experiment of charging subscribers $7.95 a month or $49.95 a year to read its articles online, the New York Times is ending from tomorrow its paid Internet service and becoming free to Web visitors, just as SYS-CON.com has been right from its launch in 1996.

The NYTimes.com site's Vice President and General Manager Vivian Schiller told a reporter: "We now believe by opening up all our content and unleashing what will be millions and millions of new documents, combined with phenomenal growth, that that will create a revenue stream that will more than exceed the subscription revenue."

SYS-CON.com was launched in March 1996, and - while subscribers to its print magazines have always received advanced access to technical articles in digital form -has never charged ordinary Web visitors for its content. 

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