Microsoft to shut down Wunderlist in favor of its new app, To-Do

Microsoft acquired the popular mobile to do list application Wunderlist back in 2015, and now it’s preparing users for its eventual demise with the release of its new application “To-Do,” announced today. The new app was built by the team behind Wunderlist, and will bring in the favorite elements of that app in the months ahead, Microsoft says.

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Twitter stops counting @ Replies towards its 140 characters on web and mobile

Nearly a year ago, Twitter announced it would begin distancing itself from the requirement that all tweets could only contain 140 characters by no longer counting some things – like media attachments or @ replies towards the character count. However, it didn’t begin testing the change with @ replies until last fall.

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Website builder Wix acquires art community DeviantArt for $36M

Wix.com has made another acquisition to build out the tools that it provides to users to build and administer websites: it has acquired DeviantArt, an online community for artists, designers and art/design enthusiasts with some 325 million individual pieces of original art and more than 40 million registered members, for $36 million in cash, plus $3 million of assumed liabilities.

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Twitter, Airbnb and others to file opposition to Trump’s immigration order

Twitter and other tech companies, including Netflix, Salesforce, Uber, Pinterest, Airbnb and AppNexus, plan to file an amicus brief tonight voicing opposition to President Trump’s executive order on immigration. The filing, first reported by Bloomberg, follows a week of outspoken comments from tech industry leaders against the immigration order which barred refugees from entering the United States indefinitely and temporarily restricted travel to the U.S.

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WooCommerce now works with Square to seamlessly run both online and offline stores

A bit more than a year after Automattic acquired WooCommerce, the popular service that turns any WordPress website into an e-commerce store is now integrating with Square. While this kind of integration doesn’t sound groundbreaking on paper, it has bigger implications when it comes to bridging online stores with offline purchases.

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WordPress.com turns on HTTPS encryption for all websites

WordPress.com is adding HTTPS support for all its blogs. If you have a custom domain or have a blog under the wordpress.com domain name (like bestcrabrestaurantsinportland.wordpress.com), you’re good to go. While many social services like Facebook and Twitter have supported HTTPS for a while now, WordPress.com was still lagging behind for custom domain names.

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Move Over Slack? Automattic Mulls Commercializing Its Own Internal Messaging Product

On Wednesday night, at an event in San Francisco, Automattic founder and CEO Matt Mullenweg answered a range of questions in a wide-ranging conversation with one of the earliest investors in the company, Tony Conrad of True Ventures. (Conrad is also the cofounder and CEO of the self-expression platform About.me.)

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Automattic Buys WooCommerce, The Popular Plugin For Turning WordPress Into A Store

If you’re looking to turn your WordPress site into an online shop, one option reigns supreme: WooCommerce. With roughly 7.5 million downloads, it’s easily the most popular eCommerce WordPress plugin – hell, it’s one of the top 10 most popular WordPress plugins overall. And now it’s officially a part of the WordPress family.

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Twitter Finally Launches An Official WordPress Plugin

There are hundreds upon hundreds of Twitter-related plugins for WordPress. Seriously, go look. And yet, in its 9 years since launch, Twitter has never released an official plugin to make WordPress and Twitter play friendly. Until today. I figure anyone reading TechCrunch knows what the words “WordPress” and “Twitter” mean, so I won’t be awful and explain what those two things are.

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The Army Of Ghostwriters Behind King Content

Editor’s note: Aimee Millwood covers e-commerce marketing, growth and engagement for the Yotpo blog. Before I quit ghostwriting, I wrote for publications like Forbes, Inc., The Next Web, and even TechCrunch. I worked as a behind-the-scenes magician, penning content that helped CEOs and companies gain Internet fame and glory, all the while wondering how much I was selling out by giving away my byline.

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Becoming An Engineering Manager

Editor’s Note: Noah Brier is the co-founder of Percolate, a New York-based marketing technology start-up, and is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Social Media. Over the last few years I’ve gotten the pleasure to work with a large number of really talented engineers – some of whom I’ve asked to make the leap into management.

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Slack Confirms $120M Fundraise Led By Google Ventures And KPCB At $1.12B Valuation

Slack, the enterprise collaboration platform co-founded by Stewart Butterfield, today confirmed that it has closed a $120 million round of funding, co-led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Google Ventures with the participation of past investors including A16Z, Accel Partners and The Social+Capital Partnership. We first reported on this fundraise last week.

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Microsoft Makes Scaling WordPress On Azure Easier

Almost a quarter of all sites on the web today run WordPress (including TechCrunch), but it’s not the easiest content management system to scale up for high-traffic sites. A bit of basic caching goes a long way, but to run a very large site – or to manage a huge visitor spike from Reddit and similar services – you need a bit more than a cheap virtual private server.

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Kevin Rose Steps Into Part-Time Role At Google Ventures To Build A New Startup Called North

Serial entrepreneur, investor, and overall Internet good guy Kevin Rose is stepping down from his role of general partner at Google Ventures. The Digg and Revision3 founder will be moving into a part-time role at the firm, and will be using all his spare time to embark on a whole new adventure building a mobile startup called North.

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Automattic Experiments With Selfies App For Android

A couple of days ago, an acquaintance on Twitter pointed out the website for Selfies, a new social app from Automattic, best known as the company behind WordPress. I found it odd that the app was out in the wild and hadn’t received any press coverage, but according to the site’s FAQ, that was the point: to see what would happen if they just put it out there.

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Drupal Platform Acquia Raises $50M Funding Round Led By NEA

Acquia, the digital business solutions provider for Drupal launched by Drupal founder Dries Buytaert, today announced that it has raised a $50 million financing round led by New Enterprise Associates, with participation by new investor Split Rock Partners and existing investors North Bridge Venture Partners, Sigma Partners, Investor Growth Capital and Tenaya Capital.

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Apple Updates The MacBook Air With Improved Processors And $899 Starting Price

Apple has indeed updated its MacBook Air as foretold, and while the updates aren’t terribly dramatic, they are solid improvements that should come as welcome news to anyone who has been waiting in the wings for a reason to upgrade. The new models now start at $899 for the 11-inch model, and $999 for the 13-inch model.

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PluralSight Buys Digital-Tutors For $45 Million To Add Media Software Training

PluralSight, a purveyor of online training tools for software professionals, is expected to announce the acquisition of creative software training services company Digital-Tutors in a $45 million deal. With the Digital-Tutors purchase, PluralSight adds a suite of 1,500 courses focused on media and design to its already formidable array of online training tools for professional developers.

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Julie Ann Horvath Describes Sexism And Intimidation Behind Her GitHub Exit

The exit of engineer Julie Ann Horvath from programming network GitHub has sparked yet another conversation concerning women in technology and startups. Her claims that she faced a sexist internal culture at GitHub came as a surprise to some, given her former defense of the startup, and her internal work at the company to promote women in technology.

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