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The site was founded in 1998 by Ken Fisher, who remains its editor-in-chief. It was acquired by Conde Nast in 2008 for about $25 million and had a staff of about 10 as of 2009. (It added full-time sales staff in 2012.) While the site is relatively small to with other tech blogs like TechCrunch and Gizmodo, it is quite influential and is known for its in-depth articles.
Ars Technica has sold premium-content subscriptions since 2001, though it is primarily funded by advertising. In 2010, it tried blocking its site to users who used ad-blocking web browsers. The site has also sold some of its content as Kindle ebooks.
West Seattle Blog is an online-only hyperlocal news operation that covers several neighborhoods in West Seattle. The site was founded in December 2005 by Tracy Record as a personal blog but became a news site in 2006. In 2007, Record and her husband, Patrick Sand, began selling ads and working on the site full-time. It…