Episode 31: Automattic aquires Gravatar, Automattic being aquired?
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|Charles recounts his recent trip to the Podcast and New Media Expo, while Aaron tells about PodCamp Philly.
|News: Gravatar has been acquired by Automattic, Inc. Premium services such as multiple e-mail addresses and having more than 2 uploaded avatars to choose from are now free and refunds are being sent out to those who upgraded recently.
|News: There are rumors that Automattic itself, reportedly valued at between $150-300 million, is likely to acquired.
|News: WordPress.com now offers the ability to convert your categories to tags using the new WordPress 2.3 built-in tag feature. The converter allows users to convert specific categories, not all of them, to tags. This is great for those who have too many categories and want to remove them and make them tags, but beware. You cannot undo this. Once the posts have been removed from those categories and the tags applied, they will drop into the uncategorized or your default category, or in the other categories associated with that post. If you make a mistake, you will have to manually re-categorize those posts again.
|News: Blog Security has written a WordPress Security Whitepaper on how to secure WordPress against security flaws and other worries. It also includes information on â€œmust-haveâ€ WordPress Plugins to help improve the security of your WordPress blog. It is available as a PDF file.
|News: Many are reporting on the WP-Cache Bug which can shut your site down when using the popular WP-Cache WordPress Plugin. It seems to happen when the cached pages equals the expired pages, fairly consistently. Currently, the only fix is to turn off the plugin, clear your cache files, and then activate it again – until it happens again.
|News: WordCamps are being planned for Israel (Oct 25 -Sold Out), Argentina (Oct 31), Melbourne, Australia (Nov 17), Hamburg, Germany (January 26-27, 2008) and Dallas, Texas (March 29-30, 2008)
|Plugins: WPhone creates an option to replace the default admin interface with one designed for your phone.
|Plugins: There are two plugins available to disable the update notifications for the WordPress core and any plugins youâ€™re using. This really becomes useful when youâ€™re administering several blogs for other people and you donâ€™t want them to stress out unnecessarily when updates become available.
|Plugins: WysiwygPro is a non-GPL compatible plugin available for purchase that replaces the default WYSIWYG editor with one that you may find preferable, but itâ€™s a little pricey, in our opinion.
|Feedback: Tom Johnson asks if PodPress works with WordPress 2.3 (it does) and what I use to track download statistics. (I prefer FeedBurner)
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