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The world’s largest island nation, Indonesia, comprises about 17,000 islands sprawling over almost two million square kilometers on either side of the equator. It...

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WordPress makes a stand for open source morality

Matt Mullenweg, the 23-year-old founding developer of the open-source blogging software WordPress, woke up in March to find that disaster had struck. “A cracker...

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Portfolio diversification is an important thumb rule if you want to be a successful investor. Putting all your money in one particular stock is...

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Oh, that in the picture above? It's a control panel that I discovered inside the Free Our Data blog. Click on the buttons, and...

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Guardian News & Media (GNM) today unveils a brand new WordPress plugin, which will enable millions of bloggers across the globe to publish content...

WordPress, Matt Mullenweg

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Blogger, Wordpress, and Typepad ruled the blogging roost for years, but a combination of Twitter, social networking, and the rise of lite blogging has...

Microsoft gives up on Live Spaces: blogs to be shifted to WordPress.com

Microsoft is closing its Windows Live Spaces blogging platform and moving all its users over to Wordpress.com. It's a dramatic move which means that...

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The intensity of the general election media coverage in these opening weeks of the formal campaign reflects the public interest in an outcome that...

Property fund turmoil continues as three more firms cut value

Shopping centers, office blocks, and warehouses worth up to £5bn could be put up for sale as the turmoil in the UK commercial property...

Colombia arrests army general decade after killing of civilians

Colombia arrested an army general for his role a decade ago in killing civilians presented as guerrillas killed in combat, the highest-ranking military officer...

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