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WordPress 3.2 to remove support for old tech and introduce distraction-free writing

According to a developer post from WordPress, the popular content management platforms has its sights set on becoming both lighter and faster than ever before. The company is focused on moving ahead, and that means it's time to leave behind some old technologies. A minimum of PHP 5.2.4 will be required, as will MySQL 5. IE6 support is also being shoved to the back burner -- security updates whi...

WordPress.com hit by massive DDoS attack

DDoS attacks aren't entirely uncommon nowadays, but the scale of the attack against WordPress.com is truly staggering. CEO Matt Mullenweg told TechCrunch that the attack has affected all three of the company's data centers -- which are located in Chicago, Dallas, and San Antonio. The sites were being blasted by tens of millions of packets (and multiple Gigabits) per second. Mullenweg says the a...

'Apple just f***** over online music subs for the iPhone' -- Last.fm co-founder on Apple's 30% cut

Speaking rather frankly on IRC, Last.fm's co-founder Richard Jones has condemned Apple's move to grab 30% of content-based subscription fees: "Apple just f***** over online music subs for the iPhone." Jones' apoplectic outburst is just one of many, too. Rhapsody yesterday said it won't bow to Apple's subscription policy, and CEO of on-demand music streamer we7, speaking to paidContent, thinks t...

Google One Pass lets content publishers offer simple subscription payments

Google, in a move that shatters any lingering questions about whether it has been building a digital newsstand for Android, has just announced One Pass. The new system aims to give publishers a simple way to let consumers pay for content and then access it across a number of different platforms, with Google Checkout providing the payment backend. We strongly suspect those might include native And...

Google introduces Chrome extension to block search spam

Google has made it clear that it wants to clean up its search results -- eliminating worthless cruft like the content farms which spam searchers with low-value (and often plagiarized) content. Now, the company has announced a new Google Chrome extension which they hope will aid in the fight. Called Personal Blocklist, the extension allows Google Chrome users to blacklist certain domains when r...

HP webOS 3.0 gets a video store, powered by Roxio

Yesterday saw a flurry of webOS unveilings from HP, from new hardware to a previously unseen version of webOS for tablets. They also finally dispelled any doubt about whether webOS would find its way onto HP PCs -- and it will, later this year. But the reveals weren't all about hardware and software -- content played an important role as well. Amazon's Kindle app was demoed on the TouchPad, as...

Google may be working on a digital newsstand for Android devices

Unlike Apple, Google still hasn't come through with its own digital content services for the Android platform. We've known for some time that a Google music service is being worked on, and now the Wall Street Journal reports that Google is also working on a "digital newsstand" for its mobile OS. Major publishers like Time Inc., Conde Nast, and Hearst Corporation have been approached, though th...

Offsite for Google Chrome helps you discover related content

Full disclosure: AOL is DownloadSquad's parent company AOL has been busy re-tooling itself ever since head honcho Tim Armstrong took the reigns, and one area that has received a lot of attention is social networking and content discovery. Lifestream is, perhaps, AOL's biggest social app, and now there's a second: Offsite. Currently, Offsite is available as an extension for Google Chrome. On...

UltraViolet -- the next step in DRM, and maybe we'll finally see legal movie downloads

UltraViolet, with its prehistoric-looking ooh-Web-2.0-reflection!! logo, is about to make a big splash in the world of content distribution. If you thought the days of DRM were behind us, you were wrong. Unless you're using an Apple device, actually -- but more on that in a moment. Be it music, movies, TV shows or books, UltraViolet has enough clout (some 60 major partners) to significantly alt...

OpenDNS FamilyShield makes it easier to block porn from your kids' computers

OpenDNS is a great service for a number of reasons, and today there's one more. If you're a concerned parent, they're now making it super-easy to block porn from all the computers in your home. The new offering is called FamilyShield, and it's just as easy to get working as the original OpenDNS service. Full instructions are provided on the official site, and they'll walk you through setting u...

DLS @ SXSW - Are You Watching This? chooses the best games on TV

Today there are more cable channels offering sports, more sporting in general -- and more interest in sports than ever before! It is, as they say on the web, a firehose of content. Thing is, how do you, the sports fan, choose among the many options? How do you know what games will be duds and which will be can't-miss-watercooler fodder? RUWT? or Are You Watching This? attempts to solve that pro...

SXSW Report - Start with content, not creativity

A quick look into why content strategy is a critical element in the design process.* Content Strategy What's in it for you? at SXSW View more presentations from Margot Bloomstein. With Web strategy, a nicely designed website can provide great navigation and a satisfying user experience. However, the number one reason people come to a site is content. Content strategy is a crucial step in dev...

Pay wall fail : $650 million Newsday acquisition garners just 35 subscribers in three months

In news that must surely test the size and solidity of Rupert Murdoch's balls, it seems that one of the first behind-the-pay-wall news sites -- Newsday -- has accumulated a grand total of 35 paying subscribers in three months of operation. I've never heard of Newsday, but apparently it's a big daily paper from Long Island, New York. It was bought by the Dolans (the original owners of the HBO n...

"Baby, please don't go!" Facebook laying it on thick when you deactivate

Like a desperate boyfriend who's just been given a one-way ticket to Splitsville by his girfriend, Facebook is going to do its best to win you back. Before you push the big red button and vaporize your account (but not your content, since Facebook can keep it locked up in the basement 'till the sun doesn't shine) they're giving your heartstrings a good, hard tug. Yes, they've found another great...

OneSpot launches publishing-as-a-service platform

Today, OneSpot has formally announced the commerical availability of its OneSpot publishing-as-a-service™ platform. This subscription service allows publishers and businesses to deliver relevant content from across the web to a targeted audience. Think of OneSpot as a white-label Techmeme, Sphere Netvibes and Digg solution. For instance, if you publish a site about social media, OneSpot ...