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Arr! Pirates Take Back the Times

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Just got an e-mail from NYTimes.com confirming the end of the two-year-old TimesSelect subscription experiment. Our friends in New York are thrilled about this and so are we. All the content fit to publish should be freely available. The e-mail isn't exactly a Steve Jobs-esque love letter, leaving us to wonder whether or not there will be rebates for those who recently plunked down $50 for the right to indulge in the opinions of Maureen Dowd, Frank Rich, Nick Kristof, et al (today including Dick Cavett and Joi Ito).

How will NYTimes.com recoup the reported tens of millions they won't be seeing by providing all of their content for free? A good ol' ten second full-page ad of course. Since today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, we figured we'd have a little fun with it, matey!

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Factoid: The LA Times Sunday print edition is second to the Sunday New York Times in terms of circulation. The Timeses are the only papers in the U.S. with Sunday circulation surpassing 1 million copies (as of March 2007 [.pdf]).

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Read on for a reprint of the e-mail.