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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.

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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”.

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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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