Freemius Launches Insights for WordPress Themes

Freemius Insights has announced that its analytics service that was previously only available to WordPress plugins is now available for themes. The company was founded in 2015 by Vova Feldman and his team after discovering how much information is not available to developers who host plugins and themes on the official WordPress directories and marketplaces.

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Trump’s absurd statement on health care gets trolled because how could it not?

As the great Avril Lavigne once sang, “Why’d you have to go and make health care so complicated?” Well, okay. That’s not exactly what she said, but if she were to release her hit angsty 2002 anthem, ” Complicated,” today about the laughable health care statement Donald Trump made on Monday, those would probably be the lyrics.

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Amazon S3 Outage Hits WordPress Businesses, Disrupting Services and Support

Amazon is currently experiencing “high error rates with S3 in US-EAST-1,” causing a massive outage for sites, apps, and services across the web. The AWS service health dashboard was also temporarily affected by the outage. Amazon says it is working at repairing S3 and that they believe they have identified the root cause.

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Coming up in WP Super Cache 1.5.0 | Something Odd!

The next version of WP Super Cache will be one with some big changes! There are many small bug fixes and improvements but the one I’m most excited about is moving the legacy cache files into the supercache directory. The legacy cache files were the files created by the old WP-Cache plugin upon which this plugin is based.

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NextGEN Gallery Patches Critical SQL Injection Vulnerability

Slavco Mihajloski, security researcher at Sucuri, has discovered a critical SQL injection vulnerability in NextGEN Gallery, a popular WordPress plugin that’s active on more than a million sites. Mihajloski gives the vulnerability a 9 out of 10 on Sucuri’s DREAD scale. Dread stands for Damage, Reproducibility, Exploitability, Affected Users, and Discoverability.

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Linus Torvalds Shares Lessons from 25 Years of Open Source Project Maintainership, Decries Tech Innovation Hype

Linux creator Linus Torvalds joined Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, on stage at the Open Source Leadership Summit for a candid conversation on maintaining open source projects. After 25 years of maintaining the Linux kernal, Torvalds has developed a network of trust that enables the project to iterate quickly with its 2.5 month release cycle.

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SQL Injection Vulnerability in NextGEN Gallery for WordPress

Security Risk: Critical Exploitation Level: Easy/Remote DREAD Score: 9 Vulnerability: SQL Injection Patched Version: 2.1.79 As part of a vulnerability research project for our Sucuri Firewall (WAF), we have been auditing multiple open source projects looking for security issues. While working on the WordPress plugin NextGEN Gallery, we discovered a severe SQL Injection vulnerability.

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FOSSA Raises $2.2M to Automate Open Source License Compliance

Kevin Wang and his team at FOSSA have carved out a niche for themselves in the open source product space with the launch of their license compliance and dependency analysis tool. The company announced a $2.2 million seed round this week after completing a year-long private beta period with Fortune 500 companies.

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Discourse Creates Encouragement Fund to Pay Contributors for Mission Critical Work

Discourse is free, open-source discussion software created by Jeff Atwood in 2013. In addition to celebrating its fourth birthday, the team announced the Discourse Encouragement Fund. The fund allows the development team to pay contributors for critical work. In the course of a year, Discourse has paid 16 different developers a total of $17,000 to work on tasks.

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Why did I get a “There’s been a change to your Google account” message and password reprompt?

Web Applications Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for power users of web applications. Join them; it only takes a minute: Sign up Here’s how it works: Anybody can ask a question Anybody can answer The best answers are voted up and rise to the top I got a message on my mobile today: “There’s been a change to your Google account” along with a prompt to re-enter my password.

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Cloudflare Memory Leak Exposes Private Data

Cloudflare, a content distribution network used by many popular sites, published detailed information about a security vulnerability that leaked user information, some of which was private, including passwords, private messages, etc. The vulnerability was discovered by security researcher Tavis Ormandy, a member of Google’s Project Zero team.

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WordPress Junior Developer Job – Highrise Digital

Do you want to be become an expert WordPress developer? Do you want to work in a experienced team, who have developed with WordPress for over a decade? If the answer is yes – great! Highrise Digital are looking for a WordPress developer to join their team and to push the boundaries of WordPress to solve complex client needs.

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The popularity of Starbucks has plunged since they decided to take on politics

As we’ve noted here in the past, supersized coffee chain Starbucks has decided to take a very public stance in the world of American politics over the past couple of years. Given the youthful, next-generation persona which they try to project in all of their marketing it will come as no surprise that this has taken the form of a decidedly liberal initiative.

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Google’s New Perspective Project Filters Online Comments Based on Toxicity

Online harassment is a hot topic right now, as Twitter’s perennial battle with trolls heats up, forcing the company to develop new features to combat abuse. Technology companies are scrambling to create solutions that will make their communities safer for users and now Google is taking on the challenge of online harassment as part of its Jigsaw technology incubator.

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1139 – cloudflare: Cloudflare Reverse Proxies are Dumping Uninitialized Memory – project-zero – Monorail

(It took every ounce of strength not to call this issue “cloudbleed”) Corpus distillation is a procedure we use to optimize the fuzzing we do by analyzing publicly available datasets. We’ve spoken a bit about this publicly in the past, for example: https://security.googleblog.com/2011/08/fuzzing-at-scale.html http://taviso.decsystem.org/making_software_dumber.pdf#page=11 On February 17th 2017, I was working on a corpus distillation project, when I encountered some data that didn’t match what I had been expecting.

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Incident report on memory leak caused by Cloudflare parser bug

Last Friday, Tavis Ormandy from Google’s Project Zero contacted Cloudflare to report a security problem with our edge servers. He was seeing corrupted web pages being returned by some HTTP requests run through Cloudflare. It turned out that in some unusual circumstances, which I’ll detail below, our edge

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Gabrielle Giffords Urges Lawmakers To Listen To Their Constituents & Hold Town Halls – Americans for Responsible Solutions

FEBRUARY 23, 2017 – Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, the Co-Founder of the gun violence prevention organization Americans for Responsible Solutions, today called on leaders in Congress embrace open debate, listen to their constituents and hold town halls. Earlier today, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX-01) invoked the 2011 shooting of Congresswoman Giffords at a constituent event as …

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Our Redesign for The Sports Geek Is a Sure Bet – WebDevStudios.com

WebDevStudios is thrilled to announce the launch of the new and improved TheSportsGeek.com! Working with Kevin McClelland, editor of The Sports Geek, was exciting. The challenge that he presented included the requests for a fresh redesign, a logo refresh, and a full-site-rebuild on WordPress. The original website was somewhat outdated, …

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Akismet WordPress Plugin 3.3 Now Available

Version 3.3 of the Akismet plugin for WordPress is available. In addition to a handful of bug fixes, version 3.3 refreshes the Akismet settings page design and adds an improved first-run experience. Now, when you activate Akismet for the first time, it will offer to check your current Pending queue for spam, and for especially…

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