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WordPress Applies to Google Code-in

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October 30th, 2010
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The WordPress development team has applied to be a part of Google’s Code-in contest to encourage eager high school and secondary school students to contribute WordPress’ future. The development team is currently compiling a task list and looking for suggestions from the community, which can be left as comments here. Do you plan to be a part of Google’s Code-in contest, and will you claiming any of the WordPress tasks this year?

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Google Finally Updates FeedBurner

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October 26th, 2010
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After over three years since its acquisition, Google has finally launched a major upgrade to FeedBurner with an emphasis on real-time stats. The new interface provides real time stats for clicks, views, and podcast downloads, which means you can start seeing what content is drawing traffic from feed readers, Twitter, and other syndicated sources as it happens. The interface can be accessed by clicking the “Try out the NEW (beta) version!” link at the top of your FeedBurner account page.  According to the launch article, “The best way to see these real time features is to publish a new post and then switch to the ‘Last two hours’ view to begin seeing updates.” At this time, the new interface is primarily for the showcasing the new real-time stats.  All other account actions will still need to be done from the old interface. What’s your take on the new FeedBurner upgrade? […]

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Google Living Stories Plugin for WordPress

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Google News Blog: Bringing Living Stories to WordPress: Google is releasing their Living Stories experimental format as a plugin and a theme for WordPress.  Living Stories is an experimental news format from Google. In the form of a plugin, each Living Story would be a WordPress category with the plugin allowing a blogger to add the stories themselves. An example would be nice to see but none is to be found yet. Thanks to a writeup on ReadWriteWeb I would love to see an example blog or screenshots.

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Google To Help Notify You Of New Updates

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November 23rd, 2009
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Here comes yet another way to be notified of new upgrades for WordPress in case you need one. Google has announced that they will be using their processing power to scan the source code of websites to look for the version number of the publishing software they are using and send them a notification through Google Webmaster Tools letting them know that an upgrade is available. In the case of WordPress, the meta tag was moved  to the core of WordPress in 2.5. Therefor, anyone running a version of WordPress from 2.5 and above should have it displayed in their source code unless it was either removed or edited out through an action in the functions.php file such as remove_action(‘wp_head’, ‘wp_generator’); Also, some plugins have been created that removes the version info as well, typically security related plugins. Speaking of security, the security through obscurity argument regarding the public display […]

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Et Tu Google? Then Fail, Net Safety

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January 31st, 2009
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I trust Google. I use GMail as my primary email address and store stuff in my mailbox that is of crucial importance to my existence as a citizen of this modern world. Over the past couple of months, Google’s Orkut has dealt a deadly blow to that trust that is making me rethink my allegiance towards anything Google. I am the owner of a midly popular community on Orkut with about 25k users. Since I was given the privilege of being a beta tester on Orkut, I had created a community called Calcutta many years ago and that community has since, taken on a life of its own. It is run by moderators who report to me and I log in every so often to perform maintenance and help the moderators out. My existence is not only a mystery to the members of the community, it is also the source […]

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WP.com Shifts Into Turbo

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July 3rd, 2008
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Matt and company have announced that WordPress.com now officially supports Google Gears. Gears is an extension which works with the browser to enhance web based applications. It’s known for creating local database and file storage, while running javascript in the background to update that content without slowing down the browser. Gears support in WordPress.com means you will be able to store all images and other web page components of the WordPress administration panel locally which will speed up access to those files while reducing unnecessary web traffic. To enable this feature, click on the TURBO link in the WP.COM dashboard area. This will be located in the upper right portion of the screen. You will need to have the GEARS extension installed before you will be able to take advantage of this new feature. [EDIT] Rundown on Fool’s Wisdom of Google Gears Privacy concerned raised. Thanks Lloyd!

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WordPress GSoC2008

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March 12th, 2008
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The guys and gals at Automattic have published their Google Summer Of Code 2008 Codex Article which highlights various mentors and ideas. For those of you who don’t know what the Google Summer Of Code Project is all about, here is a brief intro. Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is a program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source projects. Google will be working with a several open source, free software, and technology-related groups to identify and fund several projects over a three month period. Historically, the program has brought together over 1,500 students with over 130 open source projects to create millions of lines of code. The program, which kicked off in 2005, is now in its fourth year. If are feeling nostalgic or are interested in learning more about the projects we have worked with in the past, check out the 2006 and […]

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News Roundup 5/23

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May 23rd, 2007
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Since there are a couple of interesting news items, I have consolidated them into one post. The Blogging World is agog over the (confirmed) news that Feedburner is being bought out by Google for 100 million. My congratulations to the Feedburner team and the VCs who thought this was a good investment. However, I have also been reading some disturbing rumors/thoughts that Feedburner might inject Google Ads into feeds. I cannot see Google imposing this on Feedburner users but if they do, they will lose me as a user. I choose to keep my feeds ad free and I will look elsewhere. Google is reported to be cracking down on websites and blogs that have little content and lots of ads (or made for adsense type websites, a form of arbitrage). The NY Post reports that a number of users have been notified of being dropped from the AdSense program. […]

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AdSense Updates Policies

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January 18th, 2007
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AdSense Updates Policies A quick rundown of the most significant changes in the AdSense policies that were released today. There is a re-affirmation of the no-images policy, new limitations on referral products and some changes in the competitive ads that can be displayed along with Google Ads. If you display Google Ads on your blog along with other Ad types, this article, along with the original from JenSense might be worth a quick read.

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