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WPMU wants U

WPMU wants U

In the era of free journalism, WordPress tutorial website WPMU is bucking the trend … they’re not only seeking writers, but they will pay said writers. Up to $500 a post. Well, $500 if it’s truly epic:

We’ll pay you:

Truly epic isn’t the most descriptive term, but the truly epic article they link to–Sibohan McKeown’s “Why You Should Never Search For Free WordPress Themes“–is pretty classic. And it has almost 18,000 incoming links. Which is also pretty epic.

They don’t just promise money, though, they’re offering fame too: They tout Sibohan’s recent acquisition by Audrey Capital as one of the reasons you should totally write for them. And hey … they do index well!

Image: WPMU offices in Melbourne.

SWARMS of ZOMBIES!!

SWARMS of ZOMBIES!!

The WordPress SuperBot/BotNet Attack has been getting a LOT of attention in the press, both tech media and regular ole’ normal-people media. The headlines range anywhere from the benign:

WordPress Hackers Exploit Username ‘Admin’

to the apocalyptic:

SWARMS of ZOMBIES unleashed on innocent bloggers

All hysterics aside, this story has been getting some serious traction. When Matt spoke out about it, it generated a whole new swarm of stories. it would be tedious to compile all the articles chronicling the hack, but below is a ongoing collection of the best:

Image: ZombieBots by MaskedRabbitCrafts

 

Pressgram has been funded!

Pressgram has been funded!

Pressgram has been Kickstarted! John Saddington, WP Daily publisher and all-around entrepreneur, will receive more than $50,000 to put toward his Instagram-inspired brainchild.

Pressgram aims to be a photo-filtering app that will allow users to post their creations directly into WordPress, or share across various social networks.

In addition to the direct-to-WordPress option, the key difference between Pressgram and Instagram is in the content philosophy: Pressgram declares all photos are the sole property of the user.

The successful funding was a bit of a last-minute rally, as earlier this week WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg pulled his $10,000 pledge after realizing the project conflicted with his open-source ethos:

But the WordPress community supported the project nonetheless, with some offering their followers even more incentives if they made or upped their pledge.

With 6 hours left in the campaign, Pressgram is $2K over their funding goal.