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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.
OpenFile was a user-driven local news site based in Toronto, with affiliates in five other Canadian cities, Montréal, Calgary, Ottawa, and Vancouver, and Halifax. OpenFile was founded by Canadian journalist Wilf Dinnick in May 2010. The site relied on users to direct its news coverage, inviting them to start a “file” (the site’s founders chose the term to…