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Berkun on 2.7

Scott Berkun reviews WordPress 2.7.

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Authentication in WordPress 2.8

Will Norris on the new authentication system in WordPress 2.8.

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Magazine Theme

Check out “Magazeen”: Free Magazine-Look WordPress Theme. Even better: it’s GPL.

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Ryanair Diss

In a relatively bizarre case an employee of Ryanair left disparaging remarks about WordPress on someone’s blog. Someone with the airline should apologize.

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Embedding WP.com Video

Implementing WordPress.com Video on a WordPress.org site. It’s easy, but I agree it would be nice if the video media embed popup made this more seamless.

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SxSW Pool Team

There’s going to be a pool (billiards) competition at SxSW this year in Austin benefiting charity and I’m thinking about putting together a WordPress team for it. Are you a world-class pool player, WordPress user, and going to be in Austin the night of Sunday March 15th? Leave a comment saying why you should carry the WordPress banner and I’ll pick the two best to represent the WordPress community at the event.

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Automatic Upgrade

When it works, it works.

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My WordPress Tattoo – Baker’s Hours

Ed Morita writes about his new permanent WordPress tattoo. I knew once the temporary ones starting taking off it’d just be a matter of time. 🙂 Lorelle has a good writeup here, and so does Mashable. As for people asking — there are no plans to change the logo ever! I think the W is pretty timeless.

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Erlang, PHP, WP

Persistent PHP processes in Erlang/OTP. “It’s so easy, in fact, that I now use it to debug WordPress functions from within Erlang.”

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Rockstar

There’s a new WordPress book available: Rockstar WordPress Designer.

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4,000 Plugins

WordPress.org plugin directory just reached its 4,000th plugin! I declare January 28th our official “Thank a Plugin Developer” day. To celebrate take a look at the plugins you use and love, visit the author’s site, find their contact form, and drop them a note. (Or Paypal!)

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USA Today Article

WordPress creator Mullenweg is many bloggers’ best friend – USATODAY.com. We got some nice press in USA Today in an article by Jefferson Graham, pick up a dead tree copy today if you can to check out the article.

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Must-See WPTV

10 Must-See Videos on WordPress.TV.

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Dilemma No More

The Blogging Software Dilemma. On this day, 6 years ago, WordPress was conceived in the comments section of this blog. Hat tip: Mike Little!

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Albert Lea WP

Albert Lea government launches new Web site.  Hat tip: Using WordPress city saves $19,000.

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WordPress Interface History

A Journey Through Five Years of WordPress Interface. Take a look at what the WordPress interface looked like at the beginning of 2008. How far we’ve come!

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2.7

WordPress 2.7 “Coltrane” is live to the world. So many people put so much into this release, all I can really say is “thank you.”

Check out the release video:

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3 Million

This fellow caught the WP download counter passing 3 million last night. Cool! That’s total downloads of the 2.6 series, we reset it every time we do a major X.X release.

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WordCamp Australia

I’ll be in Australia later this month for WordCamp Australia – if you’re in the country you should come out.

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Awesome Oobjects

Oobject is “Billboard charts for gadgets” and a great example of using WordPress as a CMS. It’s from David Galbraith.