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ManageWP enters the WordPress news space

After months of mystery, the guys at ManageWP have offered a sneak peak at their entry into the WordPress news space.

ManageWP.org is a WordPress news aggregator, kind of like Digg, where users can submit articles and start discussions.

Members of the site can vote for their favourite stories and the most popular items are featured on the front page.

I received an email invite to check out the site. It’s easy enough to login using your Twitter account and navigate the site. Submitting articles is as simple as copying and pasting a link and adding a short description.

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Twenty Fourteen Theme Takes a Step Further

A WordPress.com premium theme has been pulled from sale to become the default Twenty Fourteen theme.

Work has begun on recycling Further, Automattic’s first magazine-style theme. A demo site is available.

Designed by theme wrangler Takashi Irie, the theme features a responsive layout, a featured content area and support of standard, video, image, gallery, aside and quote post formats. It also includes seven widget areas.

Automattic theme division lead Lance Willet and theme wrangler Konstantin Obenland, along with Irie, will rework the theme in time for the release of WordPress 3.8  in early December.

Twenty Fourteen theme

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Got a Great Idea for WordPress 3.8? Have Your Say

If you’ve got a feature idea for WordPress, get ready to pitch it this week.

Co-founder Matt Mullenweg will host the first planning meeting for WordPress 3.8 on UTC Thursday, 8 August 2013 at 6pm in #wordpress-dev on Freenode.

Mullenweg himself is leading development on version 3.8, which is planned for release in early December.

In his State of the Word address at WordPress San Francisco, he said the release would be “experimental” and would likely feature the MP6 admin UI plugin and the 2014 theme.

WordPress 3.7 and 3.8 are being developed simultaneously.

WordPress 3.8 feature ideas

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70% of People Have Never Heard of WordPress

The title says it all. In a recent survey conducted by WPMU, 70% of more than 1,500 respondents from the general population in the U.S. said they had never heard of WordPress. Of course that means 30% had.

Here are a few more quick overview stats:

35-44 year olds were the group with the highest rate of recognition at 37.1%
32.1% of males said they had heard of the platform while 28.1% of females said they had
34.8% of urban populations, 26.6% of suburban populations, and 23.6% of rural populations had heard of WordPress

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Musical Chairs in the WordPress News Space

If you haven’t already heard, WP Engine has bought out WP Daily – or at least what was left of it.

WP Daily shut down suddenly on July 10, much to the shock of its fans, at first shutting readers out of its old posts before allowing access to its archives the next day.

While all this was happening, WP Engine was quietly working away in the background on its own news offering, Torque, the “WordPress News Core”. On Friday, new editor Michelle Oznowicz announced the online magazine to the world, posting a Letter from the Editor outlining the site’s intentions:

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State of the Word: WordPress 3.7 and 3.8 Out Soon

With WordPress 3.6 expected to drop any day now, the next two versions of the world’s most popular CMS and blogging tool will be released before the year is out, according to WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg.

In his State of the Word address at WordCamp San Francisco today, Mullenweg said 3.6 wouldn’t be released this weekend so “everyone can have a good time” at the event, but the long awaited release of “Oscar” – named after Canadian jazz great Oscar Peterson – would be shipped “very soon.”

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Need a Job? WordPress Jobs Site to Get a Redesign

The WordPress Jobs site is getting a makeover and new volunteer moderators.

Audrey Capital word ninja Siobhan McKeown has put a call out for new moderators at Making WordPress.org. Judging by the comments on the post, the positions will be filled pretty quickly.

The jobs site was set up by Mark Ghosh from WeblogToolsCollection in 2007 as a place where people could advertise WordPress work or browse through available jobs.

Ghosh has since decided to take a step back from the site, according to McKeown, hence the search for new moderators.

WordPress Jobs site

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New Domain Search Service to Help WordPress Users

Automattic has gone and got itself a domain search service.

Lean Domain Search founder Matt Mazur has announced on the service’s blog the site has been acquired by Automattic.

Mazur will also join the WordPress.com parent company, working full-time on “making it even easier for WordPress.com users to find and register great domain names for their websites and blogs.”

The site, which allows users to find available domain names based on a keyword, was launched on Hacker News in January last year.

Mazur says Lean Domain Search will continue to run since the acquisition will be even be “completely free”.

Lean Domain Search

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