The Chron Finally Launches Its (Leaky) Paywall

The paywall that San Francisco Chronicle flirted with for

years appeared over the weekend, accompanied by a euphemistic

letter from Chron president Mark Adkins. He characterized it as a safe harbor

for the paper's “premium content” (ie, news and columns) “uncluttered” by the

slideshows, celebrity gossip, and other link bait that clogs

SFGate.com.

While SFGate will remain free, retaining event listings, breaking

news, and staples like “Day in Pictures,” the Chron's bread-and-butter news

will be reserved for subscribers only.

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