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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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Something is Rotten in the State of WordPress

To the vast majority, WordPress is the poster-child of the open source world.

With over 65 million sites worldwide, 52% of the top 100 blogs on the web and ~17% of the top million websites out there, it’s the ultimate tale of how a community driven project with a open source free-for-all GPL2 license can beat the big boys and take over the web.

It’s full of derring-do, us vs. them, the open internet versus the proprietary, and personal ownership vs. third party dependence – it’s a lesson in what happens if you ‘do the right thing’.

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The WordPress Planet is Pants – and here’s how to improve it

Since back in the day I’ve had a keen interest in the WordPress Planet, sure sometimes it’s been a bit snarky, but at the end of the day I am genuinely interested in good WP news coming through the pipes into my various dashboards.

And of course, from a business perspective I could hardly be more interested… man I’d love to have WPMU.org in there, since the early days it’s been the holy grail of ‘writing about WordPress’ publishing.

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A 10 Year Visual History of WordPress.org

May 27th will mark the 10th birthday for WordPress, which started as a fork by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little from the B2/Cafelog blogging software.

In fact, in good internet fashion, you can see some of the very first stirrings of WordPress in a post where Matt laments that b2 hasn’t been updated in a while, and he’s thinking of splitting off from it. The first commenter on that post is Mike Little saying, “If you’re serious about forking b2 I would be interested in contributing.”

And WordPress was born.

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