August 14, 2019

WordPress Parent Buys Tumblr

WordPress Parent Buys Tumblr

CNBC

I don't know whether you care, Dear Reader, but Verizon has sold once-hot multi-media blogging platform Tumblr to WordPress owner Automattic. Tumblr was part of Verizon’s ill-fated Yahoo! acquisition. Let’s consider this a reminder of how quickly online platforms rise and fall.

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PopBase Offers Early Access to Whatever It Does

PR Newswire

PopBase probably doesn’t want to be the next Tumblr but they do want to be a popular online platform. They sort-of launched a year ago and they sort-of launched again yesterday with an “early access” release. The general notion is that online celebrities create avatars to play games with their fans while the celebrities do something else.

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Groupon Buys Presence AI for Automated Bookings

Business Wire

Groupon is another business that has seen hotter days. But they’re still around and in fact just bought Presence AI, which handles message and chat-based bookings such as spa visits and dining reservations. This will make it easier to sell such things through Groupon. You can think of it as a mom-and-pop PopBase, although I don’t know why you'd bother.

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