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News Corp. boss Rupert Murdoch, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, commented on the future of the Wall Street Journal website: "We are going to greatly expand and improve the free part of The Wall Street Journal online, but there will still be a strong offering" for subscribers.

The really special things will still be a subscription service, and, sorry to tell you, probably more expensive."

This likely means more articles will be free, but what will end up in the subscription-only section — behind the paywall, in blogger jargon? Our money is on a 24/7 Walt Mossberg/ lifecast — a live, streaming, online video "documenting" Uncle Walt's life. We'd pay at least $5.95 a month for that.