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The path to Malaysia’s digital potential

November 30th, 2021

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Mohd Zaid, from Kajang, Malaysia, felt the pressure of providing for his family in an uncertain environment. To bring in some extra income, he turned first to one of his personal passions — making soy wax candles infused with scented oils — and then he turned to the internet. After…

WordPress 5.9 Beta 1

November 30th, 2021

WordPress 5.9 Beta 1 is now available for testing! This version of the WordPress software is under development. You don’t want to run this version on a production site. Instead, it is recommended that you run this on a test site. This will allow you to test out the new version. You can test the…

Google Play’s Best of 2021

November 29th, 2021

Today, we announced the winners of Google Play’s Best of 2021, a celebration of apps and games that made positive contributions to culture this year. And to encourage innovation across Google Play, we’ve expanded this year’s awards to apps and games on tablets, plus apps on Wear OS and Google TV. By challenging the norm,…

When is it “Right” to Reach for contain and will-change in CSS?

November 26th, 2021

I’ve got some blind spots in CSS-related performance things. One example is the will-change property. It’s a good name. You’re telling the browser some particular property (or the scroll-position or content) uh, will, change: .el { will-change: opacity; } .el.additional-hard-to-know-state { opacity: 0; } But is that important to do? I don’t know. The point,…

An update on our Privacy Sandbox commitments

November 26th, 2021

For further background on this topic, please see our blog from June. Since we announced our Privacy Sandbox commitments earlier this year, we have continued to work with the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to address feedback that was raised as part of its public consultation process. We have also continued to update and…

Watch State of the Word at a Watch Party with your WordPress Friends

November 24th, 2021

State of the Word 2021 is just around the corner! Although attending State of the Word in person would be ideal, not all WordPress community members get to enjoy the experience of attending the speech live with friends. This year, as State of the Word, is streamed live for the second time, we want to…

A Look at WordPress 5.9

November 23rd, 2021

WordPress 5.9 is expected to be a ground-breaking release. It will introduce the next generation of themes with Twenty Twenty-Two joining the fun and over 30 theme blocks to build all parts of your site. In anticipation of the January 25th release, we hope you enjoy this sneak peek of 5.9. New design tools will…

Which SVG technique performs best for way too many icons?

November 23rd, 2021

Tyler Sticka digs in here in the best possible way: by making a test page and literally measuring performance. Maybe 1,000 icons is a little bit of an edge case, but hey, 250 rows of data with four icons in each gets you there. Tyler covers the nuances carefully in the post. The different techniques…

Join us for State of the Word 2021, in person or online!

November 22nd, 2021

As previously announced, State of the Word will be live-streamed from New York City. That means that you can join the fun either online or in person, on December 14, 2021, between 5 and 7 pm EST! To join State of the Word 2021 online, check your Meetup chapter for a local watch party, or…

A Chilean startup helps newsrooms grow their audiences

November 22nd, 2021

Editor’s note from Ludovic Blecher, Head of Google News Initiative Innovation: The GNI Innovation Challenge program is designed to stimulate forward-thinking ideas for the news industry. The story below by Miguel Paz, CEO and Founder of Reveniu, is part of an innovator series sharing inspiring stories and learnings from funded projects. “Do you believe me…