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  • WordPress Acquires Irish Startup Polldaddy

    WordPress Acquires Irish Startup Polldaddy

    Automattic, the company behind WordPress, has acquired Irish startup Polldaddy for an undisclosed sum. The purchase gives WordPress an infusion of polling technology and seems to be justified simply on the basis that bloggers love polls (we use PollDaddy here at TechCrunch for many of our posts). Read More

  • Automattic Has Acquired IntenseDebate's Enhanced Comment System

    Automattic Has Acquired IntenseDebate's Enhanced Comment System

    Today at the TechStars demo day, Automattic, the company behind WordPress, announced that it has acquired enhanced commenting system IntenseDebate for an undisclosed amount. WordPress has long been in need of an upgraded commenting system, which has led to a number of replacement and augmented systems in the last year, including Disqus and JS-KIT. WordPress CEO Toni Schneider says that better… Read More

  • The State of WordPress 2008: Awesome Growth

    The State of WordPress 2008: Awesome Growth

    Today at WordCamp, a User and Developer 1-day conference for the WordPress blogging platform, Founder Matt Mullenweg announced impressive growth figures and reaffirmed Automattic‘s focus on fixing some of WordPress’s biggest weaknesses. The theme for the “State of the Word”, Mullenweg’s yearly keynote, was “Strong,” and growth from both WordPress.com and… Read More

  • Mollom May Soon Offer Serious Competition To Akismet

    Mollom May Soon Offer Serious Competition To Akismet

    Mollom is a new blog spam prevention tool that’s shaping up to be serious competition to Automattic’s Akismet, the current market leader. Belgium based Mollom was founded earlier this year by Dries Buytaert, the founder and project lead of the Drupal project and Benjamin Schrauwen, a Post-Doc researcher at Ghent University and Machine Learning expert. Mollom automatically blocks… Read More

  • The Pirate Bay Launches Uncensored Blogging Service

    The Pirate Bay Launches Uncensored Blogging Service

    Sweden’s most popular cultural export The Pirate Bay has entered the blog hosting game with new free-speech focused blogging service Baywords. The service was launched by The Pirate Bay after a friend of one of The Pirate Bay’s founders had his blog deleted by Automattic (WordPress.com) for linking to copyrighted material. The Pirate Bay team explains: We’re proud to present a… Read More

  • WordPress Gets Major Overhaul

    http://s.wordpress.org/resources/2.5/dashboard-and-images.swf WordPress 2.5 has been released with a major overhaul to the interface and a range of new features. The biggest change is in the appearance of the administration backend, which is described as being a “Cleaner, faster, less cluttered dashboard.” The WordPress dashboard is now widget friendly, and users can include items such… Read More

  • Mullenweg Steps Up Automattic, SixApart War of Words

    Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg has escalated the war of words against competitor SixApart with a new post that further attacks SixApart following a Twitter exchange Tuesday. Some highlights from the post: Could you build Typepad or Vox with Movable Type? Probably not, especially since people with more than a few blogs or posts say it grinds to a halt, as Metblogs found before they switched to… Read More

  • Six Apart Takes Aim At WordPress Users; WordPress Pissed

    Six Apart Takes Aim At WordPress Users; WordPress Pissed

    Anil Dash, Six Apart’s Chief Evangelist, took aim at WordPress users in a blog post today. Instead of upgrading to the new version of WordPress, he says, consider moving over to their platform. Now, it’s generally fair game to target your competitors, and Dash’s blog post was so tame that I can’t even find a good quote to pull into this post. But that didn’t stop… Read More

  • WordPress: The Social Network

    WordPress: The Social Network

    Can WordPress become the basis of a social network? Automattic founder and WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg hinted today on his blog that WordPress might go in a more social direction. He announced a new hire, Andy Peatling, the developer behind BuddyPress, a social network built on top of WordPress. BuddyPress will now become an official WordPress project. Peatling describes an earlier version of… Read More

  • Automattic Launches Group Twitter-style Platform

    Automattic Launches Group Twitter-style Platform

    Automattic has released Prologue, a Twitter style service for groups that is also being pitched as a distributed Twitter. According to Automattic’s founder Matt Mullenweg, the new service is way for users to share short messages with a corporate structure, or with private messaging between different groups. Mullenweg says that although it’s not initially aimed at becoming a distributed… Read More