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Views By Country WordPress.com Feature Launched Views By Country WordPress.com Feature Launched

WordPress announced that there’s a new “Views by Country” option available from the My Stats tab on the WordPress.com homepage. The feature is designed to let bloggers quickly see where there audience is around the globe. “When you click on …

WordPress.com Gets Comment Notifications WordPress.com Gets Comment Notifications
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WordPress announced that WordPress.com blogs are now getting comment notifications, with moderation and reply functionality. Approve, spam and trash links appear in the notifications for those who have permission to moderate. “Clicking Reply automatically approves a comment and displays an …

WordPress.com Chrome Extension Launched WordPress.com Chrome Extension Launched

WordPress announced the launch of a new WordPress.com Chrome extension which gives you access to a number of WordPress.com features and notifications while you’re away from WordPress.com. This should prove to be pretty handy for a lot of bloggers. Users …

WordPress.org Blackout To Protest SOPA / PIPA Now Live WordPress.org Blackout To Protest SOPA / PIPA Now Live
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Joining in on the protest of SOPA / PIPA WordPress.org has blacked out their homepage for today. The site reads, “Many websites are blacked out today to protest proposed U.S. legislation that threatens internet freedom: the Stop Internet Piracy Act …

WordPress.com Storage Limits Increase For No Additional Cost WordPress.com Storage Limits Increase For No Additional Cost
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WordPress announced that it is giving people with WordPress.com blogs more space for storing media – at no additional cost. The additional space can be used to store photos, documents, audio files etc. Here’s how the plans are changing: 5GB …

WordPress For Android 2.0 Released WordPress For Android 2.0 Released
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WordPress announced the launch of WordPress for Android 2.0, which has a greatly refreshed user interface. Here’s a look at the dasboard: “We’ve completely redesigned the look and feel of the app, now placing the actions you want to make …

Blog Services: The Good & The Bad Of 2011 Blog Services: The Good & The Bad Of 2011
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One of the hallmarks of the Internet experience in 2011 is the towering amount of blogs that are out there, waiting to be read by any online flaneur with some time to kill. The nice thing about blogs is that …

WordPress 3.3 Launched With Some UI Improvements WordPress 3.3 Launched With Some UI Improvements

WordPress has launched a new version of the WordPress software – version 3.3. Its nickname is “Sonny,” named after the jazz saxophonist Sonny Stitt (not entirely sure why). WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg says WordPress has had over 65 million downloads …

WordAds, New Ad Option Offered By WordPress Looks to Rival Adsense WordAds, New Ad Option Offered By WordPress Looks to Rival Adsense
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During the early hours of the morning, Jon Burke, of Automattic made an announcement which looks to help certain WordPress users monetize from their blogs. The program is called WordAds, and is being implemented through a partnership with Federated Media. …

WordPress Launches “Follow” Button to Help Drive Traffic to Your Blog WordPress Launches “Follow” Button to Help Drive Traffic to Your Blog
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WordPress has launched “follow” buttons for WordPress.com blogs, which it says will drive more traffic to your blog. Scott Berkun of WordPress says the button will “dramatically help pageviews and retention.” Anyone that is not logged into WordPress.com can visit …

WordPress Blogs Get New Comment Stats WordPress Blogs Get New Comment Stats
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Bloggers that operate WordPress.com blogs can now see who’s commenting the most on their blog and what posts they’re commenting on by looking at Site Stats. There’s a new comments panel that provides tabs for top commenters, most commented and …

WordPress Founder Talks Version 3.2, Security, Google, and More WordPress Founder Talks Version 3.2, Security, Google, and More
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WordPress 3.2 recently launched with hopes of bringing a “faster and lighter” approach to the publishing platform. This release marks the 15th major release of the open source platform and comes just 4 months after the launch of WordPress 3.1.

WordPress Hacked, Advice: Use a Strong Password WordPress Hacked, Advice: Use a Strong Password
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Automattic and WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg announced today that their servers have been hacked, and source code compromised. Specifically, Automattic had a “low-level (root) break-in” to several servers. He said that “potentially anything on those servers could have been revealed.” …

iPad WordPress Plugin Makes Sites Tablet-Friendly
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WordPress announced today that it has been working with Onswipe on a new WordPress plugin that makes sites more iPad-friendly or in their words, “reimagined for a touch experience”. OnSwipe is a platform that helps publishers make their content more …

Is Blogging Really in Danger Because of Social Networks?
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Here we go again with another one of those silly social media vs. blogs debates. The New York Times stirred the pot this time with an article called, "Blogs Wane as the Young Drift to Sites Like Twitter."

Can you imagine ever reading only social media updates and no blogs? Share your thoughts.

Facebook Registration Plugin for WordPress Launched
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Last week, Facebook launched a new registration tool for site owners. With this, users can quickly sign up for new sites with their Facebook profiles. The tool goes beyond the simple log-in feature of Facebook Connect, and lets users more easily fill out forms based on the information that they’ve already shared with Facebook (such as email address, name, birthday, phone number, etc.)

WordPress Launches WordPress.com Text Message Features
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Wordpress has announced the launch of WordPress.com Text Messaging. Users can text 77377 (PRESS) to manage their blogs using SMS messages.

There are free features as well as upgrade features available. For free, users can receive text notifications when users are added or removed, when the theme changes, and/or when the privacy settings change. 

WordPress Reveals IE9 Pinning Features

Internet Explorer 9 (beta) was launched to the public this week, and it’s gotten a lot of buzz and high marks. It’s also gotten a lot of web properties doing things to utilize its features. Microsoft’s own Bing features are certainly interesting. 

WordPress Subscriptions, Facebook Ad Impressions & More

There’s been a lot going on in web news over the last few days, and there have been some things worth looking at that I haven’t gotten a chance to cover, but I’d like to point out just in case you missed them. 

IBM Looks Into Accessible Mobile Interfaces, Google Giving up on Wave?
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IBM has partnered with the Industrial Design Centre at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay on mobile web research. The initiative will focus on development of new designs of mobile device interfaces that can be used by people who are semiliterate or illiterate, as well as individuals who have limited or no access to information technology.

WordPress Introduces Post By Voice
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Wordpress has just introduced a new feature that lets you update your blog by calling a phone number speaking. Wordpress users can go to the My Blogs tab, enable "Post by Voice" and get a special phone number to call for their blogs.

Calling the number and recording a message will post an audio file to the blog, which can then be published to Facebook, Twitter, etc. with the Publicize feature.