Quartz is taking down the paywall on QZ.com — Quartz

“We are excited to announce that we have lifted the paywall on QZ.com, and are making the vast majority of our journalism free for everyone to read….

Starting today, you won’t encounter any paywalls on QZ.com articles, though we may ask you to register for free with an email address after repeated use….

Our 25,000 paying members will continue to receive exclusive access to two premium emails: the Quartz Weekend Brief, which sums up the past week, and The Forecast, which looks far ahead to emerging trends and industries. It’s a great way to augment your experience of Quartz and to fund high-quality business journalism with an important mission….”

Mozilla adds tiered subscription plans to MDN Web Docs • The Register

“The Mozilla Developer Network, which hosts free, open access to web standard documentation, tools, samples and other good stuff, is going pay-for-play with a premium subscription plan that adds new personalization features. 

The Firefox maker announced today the subscription service, called MDN Plus, saying it will add three features for paid MDN users at launch: Notifications, collections, and MDN Offline….”

Tailor-ED Raises $1.6 Million to Bring Differentiated OER to More Students | EdSurge News

“Tailor-ED graduated from the Y Combinator startup accelerator earlier this year. At that time, the company only offered math materials for grades three to six. Now, Tailor-ED covers K-8 math. It’s used in more than 1,500 schools worldwide, with 70 schools that pay for subscriptions. Most of those paying schools are international.

CEO and co-founder Maayan Yavne says she wants to add English language arts materials next and continue to build partnerships with content publishers….”

A corporation strives to democratize access to research funding data

“New product from Digital Science, a major corporate player, will make information about scholarly research life cycle available free to individual scientists.

Recent months have brought much agitation among academic researchers over the role of for-profit companies in the scholarly workflow. There is growing mistrust of how scholarly networking sites Academia.edu and ResearchGate are handling researchers’ data. And major companies such as Elsevier have expanded their footprint into all stages of the research process, raising questions over whether it is wise for researchers and institutions to become reliant on one company’s services amid fears of future fee hikes….”