To paraphrase Cracker, I would wager what the world needs now is another content management system like I need a hole in the head. However, I’m pleased to note that I will allow Ghost a pass.
Ghost is an open source publishing platform with Markdown compatibility and a real-time preview features as well as a very robust statistics-gathering system. It is on Kickstarter now and is fully funded. Funders will get early access to the platform which will be free. $16 gets you access to the service.
“I came up with Ghost due to the frustrations of trying to manage both small and large blogs with other platforms. They generally fall into two categories. Either complicated content management systems which can “do everything” – or overly simple social networks which are pretty much just for sharing photos of cats. Ghost is about bloggers, it’s about publishing, it’s about journalism, and it’s about promoting and enabling real writing for the web,” said the founder, John O’Nolan. O’Nolan worked as Deputy Head of the WordPress UI Group until he decided to strike off on his own.
“Ghost is different from competitors in that it’s open source, completely focused on publishing (not content management like Squarespace/WordPress), and non-profit. And it’s lead by a designer (me) as opposed to most open source projects, headed up by devs,” he said. O’Nolan has built websites for Microsoft, Nokia, and Virgin Atlantic. He is working with Hannah Wolfe, senior developer at Moo.com, and Rob Hawkes of Mozilla.
The product allows WordPress programmers to convert their code quickly and easily into Ghost’s native framework. The open source version of the software will launch in September 2013, a month after the launch of the Kickstarter version.
The real value of the platform isn’t quite ready to demo but thus far it looks quite promising. The Markdown compatibility is obviously important as is the multi-user features that O’Nolan is building in. Furthermore, any new publishing platform is worth a second look – or a $16 investment – especially when it looks so darn beautiful.
See the original post: Ghost Will Take Your Boring Blog To The Next Astral Plane
Google’s massive collection of free and open-source fonts, Google Fonts, has grown in popularity since launching over two years ago. The quality of the typefaces available may vary greatly, but if you’re in search of new fonts, Google Fonts is still an excellent place to look.
Google has made the process of using its catalog of typefaces on the Web quite easy, but browsing and downloading the font files manually can be a cumbersome process — unless you’re willing to get your hands dirty. For the rest of us, Google has teamed up with the Monotype type foundry, so we can easily download the entire catalog for offline use.
After downloading Monotype’s SkyFonts app, head here and click the “Browse Google Fonts” button. From there you’ll be able to select the fonts you want (as shown below) and use them almost immediately.
While not everyone will love using a third-party app to sync typefaces, SkyFonts is relatively easy to use and can update your fonts when they’re altered on Google’s servers (e.g.: when new characters are added). Best of all, after you’ve installed your fonts, you don’t have to keep SkyFonts running.
For more on how beautiful Google Fonts can be, head here.
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Socialising the travel experience – in the way that Airbnb ‘socialised’ apartment rentals – has proved harder than expected. “Hot” Berlin-based startup Gidsy has spent almost two years touting its peer-to-peer booking platform for discovering local experiences and things to do. It attracted $1.2 million in a seed round in January 2012, with Hollywood star Ashton Kutcher participating. But recently rumours surfaced that the company was deadpooling, unable to raise a follow on round based on its current growth figures. It’s now been acquired by competitor GetYourGuide in an undisclosed deal. The latter has offices in Berlin and Las Vegas. Clearly, it’s that Berlin connection that proved vital in this deal.
Gidsy’s investors were Danish VC Sunstone Capital, London-based Index Ventures, SoundCloud CEO Alexander Ljung, Berlin Angel Christophe Maire and Amazon CTO Werner Vogels.
There’s no guessing where GetYourGuide to the capital to acquire Gidsy. In January it closed a $14 million Series A funding round with investment from Spark Capital and Highland Capital Partners Europe, the newly opened European arm of Highland Capital Partners.
Edial Dekker, CEO and co-founder of Gidsy, said the company and its team of 12 would become part of GetYourGuide, along with his cofounder brother Floris and Phillipp Wassibauer. Dekker will become head of mobile development for GetYourGuide, his brother will become head of design.
Dekker told me: “It’s true we had to change the business model of Gidsy to more sales (and less p2p!), and GYG was already doing that, but in a much better way than we did. It only makes sense, to bring together both teams. All the things we worked on a lot (social, product) we can immediately apply at GYG. We’ve also been working a lot on mobile in the last months, but we did not launch it yet. We’ll have a huge opportunity to work on the same problems we tried solving in the first place: bringing people together around activities.”
Gidsy was founded in 2011 and attracted a lot of interest, building a respectable community with booking activities in more than 140 cities and 40 countries.
However GetYourGuide, founded in Switzerland in 2008, has become a large platform for tours and activities globally, signing a lot of real-world partners, rather than using Gidsy’s crowd-sourced approach. It offers over 19,700 activities provided by professional suppliers in more than 1,930 destinations worldwide and has distribution partnerships with more than 1,500 online travel agencies, travel operators and media companies, such as TripAdvisor.
The rest is here: Deadpooling Gidsy Acquired By GetYourGuide In A Berlin Insiders Deal
This removes the final hurdle for the massive deal to proceed.
The transaction has an enterprise value of €17.2 billion or approximately $22.5 billion, the EU Commission confirms in a statement. That number factors in debt – the companies pegged the equity value of takeover deal at $15.8 billion when it was first announced, as Reuters notes.
Although Liberty Global is headquartered in the US, the telecom and television juggernaut is actually one of the largest broadband providers outside of the United States and particularly in Europe.
The EU Commission’s investigation found, however, that the transaction would not raise competition concerns because Virgin Media and Liberty Global operate cable networks in different member states (Liberty doesn’t operate in the UK) and “because of the merged entity’s limited market position in the wholesale of TV channels in the UK and Ireland”.
The EU Commission decided the merged entity would still face “sufficient competitive constraint” from other players on the field, including TV content providers and competing pay-TV retailers.
The Virgin Media deal will help Liberty Global go head-to-head with News Corp.-owned BSkyB, Britain’s top pay-TV provider.
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Originally posted here: EU Commission approves Liberty Global’s $22.5 billion acquisition of Virgin Media