Technology news site Ars Technica says up to 40 percent of its readers are using software that strips the site of ads.

Ad blocking denies significant revenue to Ars Technica, according to editor in chief Ken Fisher.

So, just a few days ago, the site ran an experiment designed to call attention to the downside of ad-blocking: It prevent readers who were using a specific ad blocking program from looking at Ars Technica.

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Remember those little discs from America Online? You couldn’t get away from them. Sign up and get 800 billion free hours. For beginning users, and we all were at the time, America Online was the internet. AOL quickly became big enough to merge with, take over really, Time Warner. Then things went south. AOL’s fortune was built on dial-up internet service, Time Warner was built on print media, two things that just didn’t turn out to be strong pillars. So the merger died. And today, the company, which is now called “Aol.”, officially begins a new chapter as its own company once more. What will the new/old company be?

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Some newspapers and magazines have abandoned their print operations as a way to cut costs — most notably the Seattle Post Intelligencer, Christian Science Monitor and Blender magazine. What are the consequences when publications move to online-only? Some clues can be found by looking at Taloussanomat, a financial publication from Finland that stopped printing to focus on digital operations in December 2007.

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