The Worcester [Mass.-USA] Telegram & Gazette’s new metered paywall is flexible, reports Poynter’s Bill Mitchell in an interesting analysis of the paper’s strategy. It announced on August 15 that it was to start charging online, offering readers 10 free articles a month before asking them to pay ($14.95 for a month or $1 a day). (by Emma Heald) READ FULL STORY
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Clickshare Service Corp. was notified by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office that it received a patent relating to its technology for creating a federated network of Internet web sites.
Clickshare has developed a unique system that networks web sites, allowing consumers to use existing accounts with trusted providers, to make secure, privacy-protected, purchases from any web site within the network. Consumers can make purchases from hundreds of vending websites without providing credit card-information to each site, using Clickshare’s Digital Calling Card (TM) technology. The consumer’s financial information resides with their trusted provider and the Clickshare Network settles payments among providers and vendors.
U.S. Patent No. 7,324,972 was awarded Jan. 29, 2008 for a “System for Management of Transactions on a Network: Four or More Parties.”
“Our technology gives consumers control over who sees personal information while simplifying the process of purchasing music, video, games and text across social and business networks,” said Rick Lerner, CEO.
The Clickshare System supports many models including traditional purchasing, B-to-B applications such as tracking and payment for advertising click-throughs, reliable exchange of consumer information, federated authentication and management of loyalty programs.
Clickshare has been providing services such as subscription management, “per-click” purchasing, event ticket sales and online print subscription capture for the newspaper and media industries for over 10 years. Its clients include Crain Communications Inc., the New York Times Co. (at Worcester, Mass.), The Sun Times Newspaper Group (Chicago Sun-Times and other papers), The McClatchy Co., Journal Register Co., as well as government agencies.
Clickshare Service Corp. is a privately-owned company based in Amherst, Mass. For more information, see http://www.clickshare.com. (413) 253-7800.
Edward Bride, 413-442-7718
The Chicago Sun-Times, one of the largest U.S. dailies, launched a paid electronic edition that allows print customers unrestricted access using the subscription-management platform of Clickshare Service Corp. Clickshare also handles the web capture and processing of print subscriptions.
Clickshare is a leading provider of online subscription-management, card-processing and web access-control, serving the newspaper industry and B2B publications for over 10 years.
“We chose Clickshare for our electronic edition because we wanted to give our print customers the added benefit of our E-edition while increasing our paid circulation,” said John Cary, senior director of online operations for the Sun-Times. “Clickshare provides the best content-control solution in terms of simplicity and stability as well as flexibility for the long term.”
“The Sun-Times Newspaper Group is pursuing a series of innovations in serving multi-platform users which will set an example for the newspaper industry,” said Richard Lerner, Clickshare’s president. “We’re committed to enabling that innovation at the Sun-Times and its sister newspapers.” (July 31, 2007) # # # #
Greg Smith, 413-458-7000 ext 102