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React v18.0

March 28th, 2022

React 18 is now available on npm! In our last post, we shared step-by-step instructions for upgrading your app to React 18. In this post, we’ll give an overview of what’s new in React 18, and what it means for the future. Our latest major version includes out-of-the-box improvements like automatic batching, new APIs like…

The Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Framework: Building for the long term

March 28th, 2022

We commend the European Commission and the U.S. government on the work they’ve done to reach a new Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Framework. People want to be able to use digital services from anywhere in the world and know that their privacy is respected, and their information safe and protected. This agreement acknowledges that reality: it…

Get Creative with the All-New Pattern Creator

March 25th, 2022

It’s been less than a year since the WordPress Pattern Directory was launched, and we already have more exciting news to share. The Pattern Creator is live! You can now build, edit, and submit your best block patterns to the Pattern Directory—submissions are open to all with a WordPress.org user account! Pattern Directory — List…

Meet 3 Black women pushing for inclusivity in tech

March 24th, 2022

“When you think about the technologies we use all the time and how few of them are designed to consider an identity like mine — Black people or women — it makes us question how much technology is made for us, with our needs in mind, to protect us, to consider us,” says Ashley Jane…

More helpful product reviews on Search

March 23rd, 2022

People search on Google billions of times every day. Our Search systems are designed to sort through all the information that could be a good match, and we’re always updating our ranking systems to make sure they’re working well. Sometimes the improvements we make are broad and affect all types of queries. Others are more…

Get organized with a little Google Photos spring cleaning

March 22nd, 2022

Flowers are blooming, the weather’s getting warmer, the days are a little longer — which means it’s also time for spring cleaning. Over the coming weeks, we’re starting to roll out some updates to Google Photos to make it even easier to sort through your albums, import photos and videos you have saved somewhere else,…

WP Briefing: Episode 27: Is WordPress Made for Me?

March 21st, 2022

Who is WordPress actually made for? Join our host, WordPress Executive Director Josepha Haden Chomphosy, as she explores this controversial question and three things that can help find the answer. Have a question you’d like answered? You can submit them to wpbriefing@wordpress.org, either written or as a voice recording. Hosts: Josepha Haden Chomphosy Editor: Dustin Hartzler…

Optimizing SVG Patterns to Their Smallest Size

March 18th, 2022

I recently created a brick wall pattern as part of my #PetitePatterns series, a challenge where I create organic-looking patterns or textures in SVG within 560 bytes (or approximately the size of two tweets). To fit this constraint, I have gone through a journey that has taught me some radical ways of optimizing SVG patterns…

Small Business Boom During the Pandemic: How to Launch Your First Business

March 18th, 2022

In economic terms. the pandemic wasn’t easy for anyone. Hundreds of thousands of businesses were impacted. Millions lost their jobs. Tens of millions were forced out of their offices. However, a strange happened – people started creating their own businesses. Just look at the US census data: More than 5.4 million applications to start companies…

Meet 3 women who test Google products for fairness

March 17th, 2022

One of the most interesting parts of working at Google is learning what other people do here — it’s not uncommon to come across a job title you’ve never heard of. For example ProFair Program Manager, or ProFair Analyst. These roles are part of our Responsible Innovation team, which focuses on making sure our tech…