WordPress 4.4 arrives with new default theme, responsive images, post embeds, and more

WordPress.org today launched WordPress 4.4, which adds a slew of new features to the blog management tool that will “make your site more connected and responsive.” You can download the new release now from WordPress.org/Download (7.3MB). WordPress is a content management system (CMS) that powers 25 percent of the Web.

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Why you probably shouldn’t buy a TV on Black Friday

Another holiday season is already underway – and has been since September – because life is a nightmare and we only quiet the howling abyss by buying ourselves new stuff. Thankfully, next week brings us Black Friday, the American Retail Hunger Games where multinational corporations shave prices to the bone to prove, uh, something.

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Twitter’s Jack Dorsey apologizes to developers: ‘We want to reset our relationship’

SAN FRANCISCO – Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey spoke about his vision for the service and apologized to developers for how the company has treated the people that have helped extend its global reach. “Twitter is the fastest way to say something to the world, it’s also the fastest way to see what the world is saying about a topic,” says Dorsey.

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How Matt Mullenweg built WordPress into a giant platform powering 1/4 of the Web (podcast)

In this week’s podcast, I talk with Matt Mullenweg, who created WordPress as an open-source blogging platform twelve years ago and turned it into a parallel, for-profit company called Automattic ten years ago. Since then, WordPress has grown into one of the most successful platforms on the Web.

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GoDaddy is about to buy Node startup Nodejitsu

Web hosting company GoDaddy is about to boost its capabilities when it comes to development tools. The company is in the midst of acquiring Nodejitsu, a startup with application hosting and Node package registry services for popular server-side JavaScript framework Node.js, sources told VentureBeat. The deal isn’t closed yet, one source said.

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Automattic buys WordPress dev shop Code For The People to expand its EU support team

Today WordPress shepherd Automattic announced it has acquired British WordPress development shop and consultancy Code For The People. A six-person agency, Code For The People is best known for its contributions to the WordPress core and for its multilingual WordPress plugin Babble. The news was announced during the Web Summit tech conference in Dublin.

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Hipster net neutrality group’s mysterious backer gets outed: It’s the cable companies

As pressure on the Federal Communications Commission grows to make a final ruling on net neutrality, the big stakeholders in the issue have mobilized – sometimes in strange and deceptive ways. One group, called Onward Internet, tends to set up huge black “Internet suggestion boxes” at busy street corners in tech centers like San Francisco and New York.

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Amazon launches ebook subscription service: half a million books, $10 per month

After pulling the trigger a little early, Amazon today formally announced the launch of Kindle Unlimited, an ebook and audiobook subscription service which costs $10 per month. As we detailed yesterday, this launch pits Amazon against services like Oyster and Scribd, both of which offer a Netflix-esque unlimited service for ebooks.

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Top designers react to Google’s new ‘Material’ design language

Two days ago, Google revealed its next generation “Material” design language – a departure from past guidelines and a clear reaction to design trends made popular by Apple and Microsoft. To fully digest the impact Material will have on the future of digital design, VentureBeat asked several designers to share their first impressions.

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GoPro sets its IPO price at $24 per share, gears up to go public tomorrow

GoPro, the maker of high-definition cameras for action moments, has finally priced its public offering: $24 a share, at the upper end of its targeted range. It will start trading on Thursday morning. The company revealed earlier this month that it intended to sell 17.8 million shares of stock at something in the range of $21-$24 per share range.

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