NY Times to start charging for news alerts

An article on CNET reports that the New York Times will begin charging for its news alerts service.

Existing customers (500,000 of them) have two weeks to either drop out of the service or start paying $19.95 per year. As a bonus, these users will have 90-day access to stories seen in the alerts, instead of the 7-day access for articles that are posted on the site in the public areas.