Transparency Report Update and a Closer Look at Turkey

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Transparency Report

Our latest transparency report is hot off the press, complete with data and details about the intellectual property infringement notices, government takedown demands, and government requests for information we received between July 1 and December 31, 2015.

You can view our updated report here.

Taking a closer look at the numbers, you may notice that we’ve seen quite an increase in government takedown demands since we launched our transparency report, with 156% more demands in 2015 (346) than in 2014 (135). The majority of these demands are from two countries in particular: Russia and Turkey.

Russia is no surprise as we’ve been dealing with their demands for years (you can read more about our process for handling their demands here), but Turkey came out of the woodwork for the first time with 4 demands in 2014, jumping up dramatically with 113 in 2015.

Generally we receive Turkish court orders…

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WordPress.com Desktop App Goes Open Source, Linux App Arrives

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Open source all the things ftw!

Developer Resources

We are proud to announce the full open sourcing of the WordPress.com desktop app. You can access the source and documentation on GitHub at the automattic/wp-desktop repository.

The core application Calypso was released as open source a few weeks ago, and now the work that went into building the desktop applications using Electron is available as well.

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Welcome to the New WordPress.com and WordPress.com App for Mac

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WordPress.com News

What if WordPress.com helped you…

… update your pages and respond to comments from a desktop app?
… manage all your WordPress blogs and sites in one spot, on any device?
… spend less time on administration and uploading and more time creating?
… find the best content people publish with WordPress every day?

What if we rebuilt WordPress.com from the ground up to make it all possible?

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Welcome to the new WordPress.com. We can’t wait to see what you create.

Your home on the web has a home in your dock

You’ve already been using parts of the new WordPress.com, in the new editor, improved stats pages, and refreshed Reader. You deserve web tools as powerful and flexible as your ideas.

The WordPress.com for Mac app is the next step in a suite of improvements that help you realize your vision on the web — and it’s an app you already know how to…

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#LoveWins! LGBTQ Bloggers Make Their Voices Heard

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Love wins, always!

WordPress.com News

You might have noticed the rainbow banner across the top of WordPress.com over the weekend — our way of marking Pride month, celebrated by cities across the globe in June, as well as the US Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across all states. (The United States now joins 20 other countries, including my own, Portugal, in fully recognizing same-sex marriage nationwide.)

Here at WordPress.com we strive to democratize publishing and empower freedom of speech. It’s amazing to see the thoughtful analyses of the Supreme Court’s decision already being published, like this excellent piece from Tropics of Meta putting the decision into long-term historical context. We’re also proud to provide a platform for all the incredibly talented LGBTQ writers who are advocating for change…

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