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Tumblr, the Former Home of Fandom, Sells For a Record Low Price

Long live the memes.

Tumblr, the site that used to be home to all fandom discourse and now is somewhat of a joke, has been sold to Automattic (the site that owns Wordpress) by Verizon for less than 3 million dollars. To fully let the weight of that sink in, I'll remind you that when Yahoo first bought the site, they bought it for 1.1 billion. Yikes.

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Yahoo CEO Vows Not to Screw Up Tumblr Before Detailing Exactly How Yahoo Will Screw Up Tumblr

Marissa Mayer promised "not to screw up" Tumblr after the Yahoo buy, but with her plan to increase ads on the site, we're not sure we can believe her.

The news broke yesterday that Yahoo will pay $1.1 billion for the Internet's foremost source for cat GIFs and teenage poetry, Tumblr. Not everyone is taking the news well, but Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has stated that she promises "not to screw it up." Then she outlined a plan to feature more ads on Tumblr. That sounds a lot like screwing up Tumblr.

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WordPress Now Takes Bitcoin, Still Won’t Accept Monopoly Money

Bitcoin has had its ups and downs. The entirely digital currency has seen high-profile thefts, potential debit cards, and even botnets. Even so, the legitimacy of Bitcoin is often questioned, and its detractors often compare it Monopoly money: Valuable within the game, but worthless otherwise. Looks like the naysayers might have been wrong. WordPress has begun accepting Bitcoins, and Monopoly money is still only Monopoly money.

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Geekosystem Commenting Just Got Easier

This past weekend, Geekosystem's star tech Scott Smitelli -- who readers of this site may know as the man who wrote an epic 3,000 word review of the KFC Double Down, Auto-Tuned a vuvuzela, and analyzed Roger Klotz's cackles on Doug, all in the name of science -- did something that we've wanted to do for a long while: Made Geekosystem comments a lot simpler. Previously, our comment system was tied to WordPress, the CMS on which the site is built; while this had its advantages, it meant that readers who wanted to comment had to create accounts and log in. Now, we've switched over to DISQUS comments, which allow readers to comment using a number of third-party platforms and to comment as guests without creating site accounts; we hope that this will lead to more and better discussions on the site and bring in people who didn't comment before because they didn't feel like dealing with WordPress' somewhat kludgy comment system. Want to comment on our new comments? Comment in the comments below. (title pic via New Media Rodent)

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Government Forces Deactivation, 73,000 Blogs Down

Operation in Our Sites, the new government initiative to crack down on internet piracy, has been very active of late. Popular TV and movie streaming sites were recently taken down, including the beloved Ninjavideo. And shortly thereafter, news emerged that two more sites were originally slated to be taken down but it didn't work out: titans Pirate Bay and MegaUpload. Well now the grand total number of sites taken down by OiOS has increased by far more than two: The federal government just forced to shut down. And along with it went over 73,000 blogs operated on the Wordpress platform.

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How to Add Facebook’s New “Like” Button to Your Blog

Hot on the heels of Facebook's announcement that they were blessing the Internet with global "Like" buttons, a request came down from The Powers That Be to add the feature to posts here on Geekosystem. And with all due respect to Facebook, their documentation was terribly unhelpful. Here's how we did it, and it should work on any halfway-customizable blog:

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