WordPress is silently running many of the sites you visit every day, but it seems like every time you hear about it, something has gone terribly wrong. Well, today is no exception. WordPress has announced that a person or persons recently gained root access to several of the WordPress servers. The site source code for VIP customers was likely downloaded by the intruders.
TechCrunch may be famous for running stories of dubious reliability, but this one is for sure. AOL has acquired the blogging network that covers sites like TechCrunch proper, Mobile Crunch, and Crunch Base. Much as they did with the acquisition of Weblogs Inc., AOL looks to be taking a hands-off approach to the TechCrunch network. "TechCrunch and its associated properties and conferences will join the AOL Technology Network while retaining their editorial independence..." said AOL in the press release.
No one is talking directly about price, but many have been floating numbers in the tens of millions. Some estimates go as high as $75 million. It is unclear if TechCrunch founder Mike Arrington will stay or go, but most observers are betting on 'go". After all, it's a pretty big payday. TechCrunch writers will reportedly split a small amount of stock, which will make for a nice bit of walking around money too.
AOL has been busily transforming into a content company over the last few years, and this is just one more example of that process. Having Engadget and TechCrunch under one roof makes AOL a real force online.
Oh, Woot. You really can't deny the genius of their daily product descriptions. Today the popular daily deal site has used the product description to call out the Associate Press on a bit of hypocrisy. You see, Woot's acquisition by Amazon was big news the other day, and the AP covered it. In doing so, they quoted a few words from founder Matt Rutledge’s blog post. Not a big deal for most publications, but the AP has a sordid history regarding quotations.
The AP has made a stink about bloggers quoting from their content, even if the source is cited. They think blogger ought to pay as much as $12.50 for five of the AP's precious words. Woot figures that since the AP quoted them, they should pay Woot $17.50. It's only fair, right?
Woot isn't all hard edged about it though. They are offering the AP the opportunity to have the debt called off so long as the collective entity known as "The AP" buys today's Woot, a lovely 2-pack of Sennheiser MX400 earphones. They're only going for $6.99, so we think the AP should take them up on it.
An advance copy of the Pope’s speech for the World Day of Communications, quotes the pontiff as saying, “the larger digital world represents a great resource for humanity as a whole and for every individual, and it can act as a stimulus to encounter and dialogue.” Priests, says the Pope, need to be attentive to, and in tune with Internet technologies, so they can adequately communicate with the current and upcoming generations.
But, a priest’s presence on the web is to be circumspect. “[P]riests present in the world of digital communications should be less notable for their media savvy than for their priestly heart,” cautions the Pope.
It was with a bit of apprehension that I clicked on the link in my email box to check out the personal site that Posterous, an online archive of notes both yellow and multimedia, had automatically created for me. First off, they got the name all wrong. I won't tell you what it is, for fear that an unsavory party might sign me up for all sorts of interesting email lists, but just know that I hadn't exactly intended for random letters to be a part of my brand-new domain.
But that's Posterous. To its credit, this microblogger's dream might not get the name right the first time around, but the customized blogging platform it creates for you--based on a photo, note, MP3, or other file you email into the service--isn't set in stone. And I far prefer this method to the opposite: Signing up for multiple accounts just to be able to quickly host and share files with others.
That last scenario is really the best-case usage scenario for Posterous. For while you can "claim" a site that the service creates on your behalf by signing up for an official Posterous account (which grants you, among other features, the ability to redo the name of the site's xxx.posterous.com subdomain), Posterous is the perfect platform for quick-and-dirty multimedia hits.
Of course, that's not all Posterous offers--not by a mile! Click the jump to find out more!
We're looking for a few good writers to join our team of news bloggers. This could mean you! If you're passionate about computer hardware and have an unhealthy obsession with gadget news and trends, Maximumpc.com could be the perfect outlet for you to share your technology fetish. Responsibilities would include writing 3-4 (paid!) news posts every weekday, between the hours of 11am to 3pm PST, with the opportunity to write feature-length stories on specific topics. Extensive writing experience isn't necessary, but familiarity with the technology industry is a must. Interested applicants should send a resume and a brief writing sample to norman [at] maximumpc.com as soon as possible. You do not need to live in the San Francisco Bay Area for this position. Improbable fame and fortune await!
Windows Live has come a long way since it was first introduced as a Microsoft brand in 2006. The first wave bolted Hotmail, Messenger, and Spaces into a single download. In last year's second wave, tools like SkyDrive, Events, Photo Gallery, LiveWriter, Calendar, and Family Safety joined the family, along with support for mobile devices. This week, Microsoft rolled out its third wave, adding a new member to the Windows Live family (Movie Maker) and new features to several existing programs (Messenger, Photo Gallery, Writer, Toolbar, and more). We've already told you about the new features in Hotmail, so join us after the jump to find out what's new and improved.
First the Tech God, created blogging and he saw that it was good, but it wasn’t enough. So then, the Tech God created micro-blogging and Twitter was born. But then he thought is Twitter good enough? So then, he decided to go open source and made Identi.ca
Okay, so the Tech God didn’t make Identi.ca (or anything else), it’s actually a creation by Evan Prodromou as an open source alternative to Twitter for users that are frustrated by Twitters frequent service outages. Who doesn’t love seeing the failwhale art (birds lifting a whale for those that have been under a rock) on Twitters website once in awhile? It seems Evan Prodromou for one.