Automattic finally owns Tumblr. What now?

After years of Tumblr envy, Automattic – the company behind WordPress – are finally the new owners of Tumblr.

In many ways Tumblr was the progenitor of a new form of blogging and story telling. Teenagers flocked to the site attracted by the highly visual style of its blogs.

Many including SnapChat no doubt drew inspiration from the site.with Stories. More recently Instagram has extended this, ahem, drawing of inspiration.

Through out these years, Automattic, and by extension WordPress struggled to keep up with the mind-blowing growth of Tumblr and new publishing platforms such as Medium.

A change in fortunes after being purchased! by! Yahoo!, saw Tumblr pass through the hands of Verizon and into Automattic’s. Once valued at over USD 1 billion, Automattic paid a measly USD 3M for Tumblr.

I am glad that Tumblr finally seems to have a home. And it will be interesting to see what Automatic does with the platform and what features make their way into WordPress and other open source publishing platforms.

Matt Mullenweg, Automattic’s CEO, has been reported as saying that the WordPress outfit will work to keep Tumblr as it has been all thoss years – fun.

Now on the Used Car Lot: Great Electric Vehicles for Cheap ?

So for all the hype surrounding Tesla just 2% of new cars sold Stateside are battery powered. Tech publication Wired reports though that as Electric Cars are starting to show up in second hand car yards across the US, more and more Americans are committing to the future of mobility. One used car sales website reports that as many as 4% of its sales are those of the battery powered variety.

BBC: Russia is working on a Tor de-anonymization project

Ze Russians. And probably many others.

Just remembered a story written by a Tor project team member. He was attending a meeting, in Rome I think, and he realised he was being followed. Possibly by American intelligence agents.

As Tor gains popularity (see Netflix’s How To Sell Drugs Online Fast), I expect de-anonymization efforts to escalate.