After a number of newspapers and blogs wrote about Yahoo’s now-confirmed $1.1 billion acquisition of popular blogging platform Tumblr, users were angry. The world has no idea what Yahoo has in store for Tumblr, of course, but the Internet giant’s reputation has many users worried. So much so, in fact, that some have already begun to defect. According to WordPress CEO Matt Mullenweg, Tumblr users are switching to WordPress in droves. In a recent blog post, Mullenweg says WordPress typically imports between 400 and 600 Tumblr posts per hour, but during a one-hour period on Sunday as news of the imminent deal spread, that figure climbed to 72,000. Yahoo confirmed the $1.1 billion deal on Monday, and it is expected to announce further details during a press conference in New York on Monday evening. Yahoo’s full press release announcing the acquisition follows below. More →
The “Flashback” virus discovered to have infected more than 600,000 Mac computers earlier this month originated on a series of WordPress blogs, security experts have determined. According to Alexander Gostev, head of the global research and analysis team at Kaspersky, the virus began as a trojan hidden within a fake Adobe software update. In March, however, the malware’s creators repackaged the virus in a “drive-by attack” that infected users’ Apple computers when they visited one of thousands of compromised WordPress blogs. “Tens of thousands of sites powered by WordPress were compromised,” Gostev wrote on Kaspersky’s SecureList blog. “How this happened is unclear. The main theories are that bloggers were using a vulnerable version of WordPress or they had installed the ToolsPack plug-in.” Apple released a system update earlier this month that patched a Java vulnerability and removed most common iterations of the Flashback virus. As of the middle of last week, however, more than 140,000 Mac computers were still infected with the virus, which is capable of intercepting private data and transmitting it without a user’s knowledge. More →
There’s no getting around it — WordPress applications for the BlackBerry don’t exist. Well, there are a small few, but they’re so bad that they’re not even worth mentioning. The first one actually worth a write-up, though, is ScreamingToaster’s Wicked WordPress application. We’ve been using it on and off for a little over a month and like the way the app functions. It’s the first application which has a decent enough GUI to be considered friendly and it’s loaded with great features like post creation, post viewing, comment viewing/moderation, photo integration, GPS integration, and more.
ScreamingToaster also really listens to feedback which is refreshing. They customized the entire photo attachment dialog and options settings just based on our feedback alone. If you’re a WordPress junkie and don’t feel like waiting until WordPress’ own application is usable, give Wicked WordPress a go with a 14 day free trial. Just know that if you like the app, you have to get over the full price of $30/year. Yeah, a year.
Your eyes aren’t deceiving you, friends. BGR Mobile has indeed returned. We can’t tell you the amount of emails we’ve been getting about bringing BGR Mobile back to handsets across the globe. It took some deep coding due to our highly customized web site, but the original WordPress ninja Alex King came to our rescue once again. Well, it’s back, and productivity in your work environment should effectively go out the window… now.