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The deal, which was for $125 million according to sources close to the matter, is Automattic’s second acquisition of a cross-platform messaging solution.

WordPress.com owner Automattic acquires multiservice messaging app Beeper for $125M

Generative AI has done an impressive job in improving productivity in a wide range of areas, including website building. There’s no lack of tools that now allow one to generate…

Armenia’s 10Web brings AI website-building to WordPress

Earlier this year, WordPress.com owner Automattic acquired a plug-in that allowed WordPress blogs to be followed in the fediverse — the decentralized social networks that include the Twitter rival Mastodon…

WordPress.com blogs can now be followed on Mastodon and other federated platforms

In March, WordPress.com owner Automattic made a commitment to the fediverse — the decentralized social networks that include the Twitter rival Mastodon and others — with the acquisition of an…

WordPress blogs can now be followed in the fediverse, including Mastodon

WordPress, a company that has been around for 20 years, is now selling domains with a 100-year registration length. That means your blog or website will probably live longer than…

WordPress is now selling 100-year domains

If you don’t keep up with WordPress ecosystem news, you might not be aware of a cool new project called WordPress Playground. And I include myself in this group, as…

WordPress Playground lets you run WordPress entirely in your browser

Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com and the main contributor to the open source WordPress project, launched an AI assistant for the popular content management system on Tuesday. The company said…

Automattic launches an AI writing assistant for WordPress

WordPress.com sites now have an easier way to integrate with the Fediverse, including Mastodon. Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, Tumblr and other web publishing tools, is the new owner of…

WordPress.com owner Automattic acquires an ActivityPub plug-in so blogs can join the Fediverse

Hey Siri, when does a “macroeconomic downturn” become a “recession”? It’s another bleak week for startups weathering dismal tech stocks and even worse cryptocurrency prices. But let’s start with some…

Layoffs hit crypto and real estate tech particularly hard this week

PlanetScale, the highly scalable MySQL database service founded by the co-creators of the increasingly popular Vitess open source project, today announced a series of updates that push the platform beyond…

PlanetScale expands its database service with built-in performance monitoring and more

The world of web development continues to become increasingly more democratized — and more creative — thanks to innovations in “headless” systems that give more flexibility around how a site…

Storyblok raises $47M to build out its headless CMS aimed at non-technical users like marketers

Yesterday, Tumblr rolled out Tumblr Blaze to all users over 18 in the United States. The feature lets users promote their content in the same way you might boost a…

Tumblr said 420 Blaze it (but literally)

Tumblr announced today that it’s rolling out an ad-free browsing experience for web and mobile. On a monthly basis, you’ll have to pay $4.99 per month for what Tumblr calls…

If you give Tumblr $4.99 a month, you won’t have to see ads anymore

Tumblr is launching its second attempt at a monetization feature today. Rolling out in the U.S. now and soon globally, Tumblr Tips will let bloggers receive one-time payments from their…

Tumblr launches a tip jar feature to help bloggers make a buck

For weeks, Tumblr hid search results on iOS for a variety of tags to comply with the App Store’s guidelines. Today, Tumblr is trying to solve the issue by rolling…

Tumblr adds a sensitive content toggle on iOS to comply with App Store rules

Web hosting giant GoDaddy has reported a data breach, and warns that data on 1.2 million customers may have been accessed. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission,…

GoDaddy says data breach exposed over a million user accounts

Sixteen years in and now valued at $7.5 billion, Automattic has found a multitude of strides, even as it strives to own ever more of the media market.

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How doing everything wrong turned Automattic into a multibillion dollar media powerhouse

Nothing has been automatic about the success of Automattic. Today, for those who haven’t been paying attention, the company looks a bit like an overnight success story.

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How doing everything wrong turned Automattic into a multibillion dollar media powerhouse

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There’s nothing Automattic about balancing commercial growth with an open source developer community

The tech industry has made a full 180-degree turn with regard to open source in the 16 years since Matt Mullenweg founded Automattic, the commercial backer of open source CMS, WordPress.

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There’s nothing Automattic about balancing commercial growth with an open source developer community

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Can social and e-commerce transform the future of the open web?

WooCommerce began life as WooThemes, a small design firm that didn’t look very different from the many others that created WordPress themes.

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Can social and e-commerce transform the future of the open web?

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The future of remote work is text

It’s impossible to talk about Automattic without talking about remote work. The company is a role model and innovator in this area: It has been entirely remote since 2005, and at 1,700 employees, it has helped prove that a remote workplace culture can succeed at scale. But “remote” has taken on a different meaning than…

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The future of remote work is text

Tumblr is entering open beta for its subscription product Post+, meaning that all U.S. users can now try out the monetization feature. The product launched in closed beta in July,…

Tumblr’s subscription product Post+ enters open beta after much scrutiny from users

The Tumblr community often refers to itself as the Wild West of the internet, and they’re not wrong. A text post with over 70,000 notes puts it best: “Tumblr is…

Trouble in fandom paradise: Tumblr users lash out against its beta subscription feature

Automattic is expanding its lineup of online writing platforms with its acquisition of Day One, a popular journaling app for Mac and Apple mobile devices. The app has been downloaded…

WordPress.com owner Automattic acquires journaling app Day One

Facebook today announced a new feature that will allow users to export their Facebook posts and notes to a number of third-party services. Although the company has long since offered…

Facebook now lets users export posts and notes to Google Docs, Blogger and WordPress.com

OpenOcean, a European VC which has tended to specialise in big data-oriented startups and deep tech, has reach the €92 million ($111.5 million) mark for its third main venture fund,…

Big data VC OpenOcean hits $111.5M for third fund, appoints Ekaterina Almasque to GP

Automattic, the for-profit company tied to open-source web publishing platform WordPress, is announcing that it has acquired analytics provider Parse.ly. Specifically, Parse.ly is now part of WPVIP, the organization within…

Automattic acquires analytics company Parse.ly

Earlier this year, WordPress.com introduced an easier way to post your Twitter threads, also known as tweetstorms, to your blog with the introduction of the “unroll” option for Twitter embeds.…

WordPress can now turn blog posts into tweetstorms automatically

A lot is debated in the SEO world, but nearly everyone can agree that links are and will continue to be vitally important to the health and rankability of a…

Earn the best backlinks with high-quality content and digital PR

WordPress.com, a division of Automattic, is launching a new product called P2. And this time, it’s all about improving internal communications for private groups. As a remote company, Automattic has…

WordPress.com launches new P2 to take on internal communication tools