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Google has partnered with the company behind WordPress.com to launch Newspack, an initiative to provide local news publications with the necessary tools to make their content available.
To better integrate yet another Google service, WordPress.com now offers the ability to insert your Google Photos directly into your blog pots. Self-hosted blogs need to use the Jetpack plugin.
Automattic announced that users with business-level accounts on the popular WordPress.com platform can now install plugins and third-party themes built by the WordPress community.
WordPress.com has announced a change to the way posts appear in Reader. If a site happens to post more content, uninterrupted and from the same day, those entries will be combined into one card.
Automattic-owned WordPress.com has changed the way in which users can interact with and access the Media Library. Improvements have been made to search, upload, and editing of media.
The WordPress.com editor has received a series of design changes with this newest iteration, including a "distraction-free writing mode", permanently visible publish and preview buttons, and more.
People using WordPress as their CMS and Google Docs as their preferred writing platform can now integrate the two via a new add-on. This allows you to post directly from the latter to the former.
Automattic has announced that it will begin to sell .blog top-level domains soon after acquiring the rights to oversee the registration of the gTLD. Pricing for the new gTLD is not yet available.
Facebook and Automattic have teamed up to create a plug-in that will allow blogs to support Facebook's Instant Articles platform. The platform allows publishers to publish directly to Facebook.