News Corp buys Dow Jones

Interesting to watch the coverage the last 24 hours.

BBC has a good summary of what it all means, and Jon Friednman of has an interesting take on what Murdoch will do next with a column entitled “OK, Mr. Murdoch, you’re on”.

I know lots of amazing people at both companies, and I’m anxious to see what they accomplish with the combined assets and various media properties.  Should be very exciting !

Thanks Dow Jones, Hello Automattic !

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I wrapped up at Dow Jones Online last week, and today is my first official day at Automattic !

I just want to say thanks to Dow Jones. It’s been an incredibly rewarding time working at Dow Jones Online, and I’m tremendously proud of all that we accomplished from the various search initiatives,, to all things multiplatform with mobile, RSS, and widgets.

Dow Jones is truly an amazing company, and it was great to be in the presence of colleagues who were incredibly hard working and dedicated to their work.

For those who may not know, Automattic is a remarkable company. The team is smart, passionate, and well respected. How we work is probably a bit different than most companies, and the incredible growth of one of our core offerings —, is impressive 🙂 traffic

As a WordPress user from the pre 1.0 days, ( Ver .71 or .72 is when I started following the progress closely ), I’m very exited to be working with Matt, Toni, Barry, and the team.

In July, I’ll be attending WordCamp 2007, so hope to see many of you there. Feel free to drop me a line if you plan to attend.