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Automattic acquires subscription payment company Prospress

Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, WooCommerce, Longreads, Simplenote and a bunch of other cool things, is acquiring a small startup called Prospress. Among other things, Prospress has deve

WordPress says iOS app bug exposed account tokens to third parties

WordPress said it has fixed a bug in its iOS app that inadvertently exposed account tokens to third-party sites. In an email to customers seen by TechCrunch, the content management giant said it &#822

WordPress.com parent company launches work collaboration platform Happy Tools

Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, WooCommerce and Jetpack, is launching a new suite of products focused on the future of work — Happy Tools. Automattic is a remote company with more than

Remote workers and nomads represent the next tech hub

Amid calls for a dozen different global cities to replace Silicon Valley — Austin, Beijing, London, New York — nobody has yet nominated “nowhere.” But it’s now a possibility. There are two t

Airbnb, Automattic and Pinterest top rank of most acquisitive unicorns

It takes a lot more than a good idea and the right timing to build a billion-dollar company. Talent, focus, operational effectiveness and a healthy dose of luck all play a part.

Automattic announces Newspack to help news organizations publish and monetize

Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, is announcing a new project called Newspack. While details are still thin, the company wants to help news organizations with an all-in-one solution to pub

Geoengineering could solve our climate problems if anyone allowed it

This weekend, I finished reading Oliver Morton’s The Planet Remade (thanks to reader Eliot Peper for recommending it). Morton has a multitude of goals with the book, but there were two I think are d

Cloudflare partners with Microsoft and others to reduce bandwidth costs

Say hello to the Bandwidth Alliance, a new group led by Cloudflare that promises to reduce the price of bandwidth for many cloud customers. The overall idea here is that customers who use both Cloudfl

Distributed teams are rewriting the rules of office(less) politics

When we think about designing our dream home, we don’t think of having a thousand roommates in the same room with no doors or walls. Yet in today’s workplace where we spend most of our day, the pu

New WordPress.com policy allows it to shut down blogs of Sandy Hook deniers

WordPress .com has taken down a handful of blogs, according to several complaints from affected blog owners and readers who claim the sites were removed from WordPress.com, despite not being in violat

WordPress.com parent company acquires Atavist

Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, WooCommerce, Longreads, Simplenote and a few other things, is acquiring Brooklyn-based startup Atavist. Atavist has been working on a content management s

WordPress to ditch React library over Facebook patent clause risk

Automattic, the company behind the popular open source web publishing software WordPress, has said it will be pulling away from using Facebook's React javaScript library over concerns about a patent c

WordPress.com gives you more options to share your posts on social networks

WordPress.com is slowly but surely replacing all those clunky social sharing plugins that you use. With today’s update, you can now schedule tweets, Facebook posts or LinkedIn updates in WordPress.c

Automattic’s head of design on diversity, the three kinds of design and the four quarters of life

John Maeda is the Head of Design and Inclusion at Automattic. In this episode, we discuss how he turned RISD into the best design school in the country, why inclusivity is the secret weapon on design

WordPress.com now lets you write and collaborate in Google Docs

Instead of competing with Google Docs, WordPress .com is going to embrace the popular web editor so you can write and publish from Google Docs. It’s going to make it much easier to collaborate with

WordPress.com lets you ditch Medium with new import tool

Publishing platform Medium recently laid off dozens of people. So if you don’t want to hand away your precious writing to a startup that is still looking for its business model, you can move your co

Talking self-driving cars, IPOs and what’s next, with True Ventures

A few weeks ago, True Ventures closed its newest, early-stage fund with $310 million, which is just a slight step up from its last, $295 million fund, despite some enormous wins like Fitbit, whose f

New .blog TLD opens up early registration applications

One of the few new top-level domains that actually makes sense, .blog, is starting the process of registration. Automattic, which runs Wordpress and a number of other useful web apps, owns .blog and i

John Maeda leaves KPCB, joins Automattic as design head

John Maeda is leaving VC firm KPCB where he was a design partner to join Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com and a bunch of other things. Maeda will have a long, elaborate title at Automattic

Simplenote, the planet’s most useful piece of software, is now open source on iOS, macOS and Android

If you're not using Simplenote, you're missing out. This... well, simple note app has been a standby and lifesaver for me for years, though occasionally I have worried about its future: Will it surviv
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