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WordPress 3.6 to Ship in Two Weeks

It was a day late, but nonetheless, the first release candidate for WordPress 3.6 is out.

Lead core developer Mark Jaquith posted at WordPress News on Saturday that the first release candidate was ready and the core team hopes to ship WordPress 3.6 in “a couple of weeks”.

Jaquith also put a call out to folks to help test the latest release.

“If you haven’t tested 3.6 yet, there’s no time like the present. (But please: not on a live production site, unless you’re feeling especially adventurous),” he says.

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Help WordPress: Take Part in the 2013 Annual Survey

WordPress.org wants to know how you use WordPress.

The third annual user and developer survey has been released ahead of WordCamp San Francisco and WordPress users of all descriptions are invited to have their say.

The survey asks questions like “Can you (truthfully!) say ‘I make my living from WordPress’”, “Who installed your WordPress website?” and “How much has the site been customized from the original WordPress installation?”

It’s certainly sure to reveal some juicy statistics on the how, who and where of the WordPress community across the world. Last year two thirds of respondents were from outside North America.

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WP Daily: What the Heck is Going On?

Like most people in the WordPress community, I was shocked to check my news feed on Wednesday and discover WP Daily had shut up shop, the usual list of posts replaced with a blurry grayscale photo background and a link to a vague explanation saying the news site had “a great run.”

Since 8BIT’s news service published its first post, “Hello World!” on December 1 last year, WP Daily had become a friendly and familiar addition to my news feed, as well as a go-to site for all things WordPress.

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WordPress News Sites: Are They Worth Paying For?

There’s no money in starting a WordPress-centric news website, according to Jeff Chandler, who has one piece of advice for anyone thinking about giving it a go: don’t bother.

The Tavern Keeper over at WPTavern opens up about selling his site to Automattic’s Matt Mullenweg for $14,000, almost selling WPTavern to Joost de Valk and how WPCandy was interested in buying the site’s domain name in an insightful interview on the latest episode of the DradCast.

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How NASA Is Using WordPress to Promote Open Source Technologies

The National Aeronautic and Space Administration has been a leading global pioneer in science and technology since its inception in 1958, boldly going where no man has gone before. NASA has produced technology that has been adapted not only for the grandeur of space exploration but also for non-aerospace uses in the private sector, bringing us everything from the moon landing and GPS navigation to improved breast cancer testing procedures.

But did you know that NASA is also an active participant in the open source community?

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Who’s Who of WordPress: 99 Twitter Accounts You Should Be Following

Edit: I’ve put together a public Twitter list that includes all 99 accounts.

If you’re not on Twitter it’s time to get with the program.

In 140-character bursts of information, Twitter provides quick headlines, links to stories and the wittiest zingers going around.

I’ve created a list of the top 99 English-language Twitter accounts I recommend following for all the latest news and views about WordPress and the people in every time zone working with our favorite 10-year-old.

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Sweet Pay Day For Automattic Employees: Tiger Global Invests $50 million

Some of Automattic’s early employees and shareholders are set to rake in the moolah.

Hedge fund and private equity investor Tiger Global has snapped up $50 million worth of shares from existing shareholders, including some of the company’s early and loyal staff.

Rather than invest directly in the company, Tiger’s share buyout allows these shareholders to turn paper wealth into actual cash – and possibly yachts and really fast cars.

Just a week after Yahoo bought our blogging site Tumblr for $1.1 billion, WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg announced the deal on his personal blog.

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The WordPress Planet Has Been Replaced

The WordPress Planet news feed is in some serious need of revamping. In our recent post “The WordPress Planet is Pants – and here’s how to improve it”, James pointed out what everyone was already thinking.

The WordPress Planet has been cluttered with irrelevant content for a long time. As no initiatives to improve it have been made known, the folks at WPLift has taken it upon themselves to create “A Better Planet,” a feed that includes WordPress news sources based on merit and relevance.

Introducing: A Better Planet

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