New York Post blocks Apple iPad users from reading its web site without paying for a subscription

New York Post blocks Apple iPad users from reading its web site without paying for a subscription
Apple iPad 2 users are being held hostage by Rupert Murdoch in an attempt to get them to subscribe to the New York Post's mobile app. Other mobile platforms, like Android and BlackBerry, and desktop users do not face the firewall which re-directs users to a page that says that the New York Post in now available to Apple iPad users only though the newspaper's app available at the App Store. The New York Post app costs $7 per month or $75 for a full year.

Murdoch's company happens to own the pay-for-news publication The Daily that is available via subscription for the Apple iPad and this could be an effort by the News Corp. CEO to make sure that one way or another, News Corp. does not provide free news on the tablet. Another News Corp. paper, The Times of London, has also been put behind a firewall but that applies to all tablet platforms, not just iOS as with the NewYork Post. Murdoch is known to be against ad-supported, free news delivery to mobile internet users.

Interestingly, Android owners using the browser on their device to head to are directed to the mobile version of the site while those clicking on are directed to the much more complex desktop version of the site. For its part, Apple had no comment on the NewYork Post's firewall blocking Apple iPad users.

source: DavidWiner via electronista

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1. xenover

Posts: 174; Member since: May 27, 2011

From my point of view... the Wiener's rise and fall is much more interesting than this article :)

2. shimmyx20

Posts: 280; Member since: Mar 03, 2009

They're not missing much. The NY Post is a pile of garbage.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Omg I got tickets to the casey anthony trail!!!!!

6. Dave,fl unregistered

Gee. Now if you could just get a life.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

It was sarcasm moron.

9. DroidMePlease

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 08, 2011

lol sarcasm detection fail.

4. Sam's Song unregistered

Rupert Murdoch must be a Fandroid. lol

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

suckers! lol. man that's gotta hurt. "we know apple users love to spend every penny they have so we will just go ahead and force them to buy our app".. LOL :) Good thing android browsers have the ability to go to settings and check "desktop" under user agent. We get the full web page, not some crappy flash free mobile view. :)

12. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

you're a pathetic troll

7. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Which is why Im glad I never bought a Ipad or a Iphone their so strict and the subcriptions are too damn high. Why pay 75$ when you can buy the paper for less than 5$. And i can also read their post on my android.

10. atrain1385

Posts: 10; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

this is bad very bad y? do u ask it is because this is the first step to the fall of free news dont u worry this is catch on quick once content providers such as newspaper, magazines and news stations realize "hey people will pay for what they used to get for free" they will start charging for it imagine paying for the news the poor cant afford it but who cares they are poor right? good old Rupert Murdoch make that money and f**k everyone else as hard as his old d**k can remember people u cant steal the whole basket of candy at once but u take one piece at a time you will get it soon enough ps yes i know we pay for the newspaper but when have access to it no matter what this is an example of limiting or cutting off access to those who dont pay for it up front pss prolly some over reaction in this but the concerns are valid END RANT

11. ardzuna unregistered

On my iPad 2 I can see the full site by going to in Opera Mini. Also, I can change the user agent in Atomic Web browser to Desktop Safari, Firefox or IE and then go to the full site by simply typing Rupert Murdoch iPad fireblocking fail!

15. Sarah Jane unregistered

Which is why Im happy I never purchased an Ipad or an Iphone their so strict and the subcriptions are too damn towering. Why pay 75$ when you are able to purchase the paper for less than 5$. But also i am able to moreover perused their post on my android. I am going to post this also on my essay topics.

16. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Who the hell reads the post any way? News papers are dying this is just another nail in the coffin.

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