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Why I Stopped Giving It Away [Aug 27, 2012]

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Monday, August 27, 2012
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Inc

Becoming a hero among Web developers was cool--but it didn't actually pay. So Dries Buytaert, the developer of Drupal, built a company.

Recently I was in Portland, Oregon, and as I was walking to my hotel, some guy comes up to me and says, "Are you Dries?"

It's not like I'm a pop star, but I do get recognized. It happens at the airport, in supermarkets, and even at the beach.

I'm not the kind of person who likes to be in the spotlight. But at the same time, I feel very natural in my role, and so when I get recognized on the street, it's nice to have an opportunity to learn how that person is using Drupal.

There is a lot of passion in the Drupal community. I've seen people shave their heads and leave nothing but a Druplicon, Drupal's logo. At Drupal events, some developers dress up as the Druplicon. Some people have even gotten Drupal tattoos.

Has cash corrupted open source? [Aug 24, 2012]

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Friday, August 24, 2012
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The Register

Open ... and Shut There once was a time when open source was all about peace, love, and Linux, a bottom-up community of self-selecting hackers that chummed together for the love of good code.

As soon as Linux hit pay dirt, the nature of the open-source community changed forever. Today it is virtually impossible for a successful open-source project to hit critical mass without being consumed by venture capital dollars.

Is this a good thing?

The thought struck me when reading Brian Proffitt's excellent analysis of how "OpenStack is no Linux". Proffitt's point is that "the destiny of OpenStack has been very heavily involved with commercial interests from the very start" - unlike Linux, which only attracted commercial interest later in its development. The implicit accusation feels a bit Lloyd Bentsen-esque: "Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy."

Acquia Buys Mollom, Offers Social Content Moderation Platform [Aug 14, 2012]

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
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CMS Wire

Acquia has just announced that it is buying content monitoring vendor Mollom. With Mollom, Acquia says it will be able to build the first social content moderation platform that will ensure the quality of content that appears on client’s websites.

If you have already heard Mollom mentioned in the context of Acquia, it may be because Mollom was co-founded by Benjamin Schrauwen and Dries Buytaert, who is also the co-founder and current CTO of Acquia.

In fact it was because of this link that the two companies were finally merged. In a blog post by Buytaert, he said it made a lot of sense. Both he and Schrauwen were trying to raise capital for Mollom to help fund future product development and expand operations.

Acquia Buys Mollom for Spam Management [Aug 14, 2012]

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
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VentureWire

Acquia Inc., a venture-backed provider of content management software, has bought content monitoring company Mollom BVBA to boost its ability to manage user-generated content.
Terms of the deal weren't disclosed in a news release....

Drupal Company Acquires Akismet Competitor Mollom To Kill Spam Dead [Aug 14, 2012]

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
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TechCrunch

Today Acquia, the company co-founded by Drupal creator Dries Buytaert to commercialize the open source content management system, acquired Mollom, a spam filtering service also co-founded by Buytaert. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Acquia CEO Tom Erickson tells me the Mollom service will continue to be available for non-Drupal users and pricing will remain unchanged.

Mollom competes with Akismet, the comment spam filtering service provided by WordPress backers Automattic. But Erickson downplays the role that competing with Automattic plays in the acquisition, saying that Drupal generally doesn’t compete head-to-head with WordPress. He says Drupal tends to be used for large sites while WordPress is used for blogs and small sites.

Acquia Acquires Mollom for “Community-Backed Content Moderation Platform” [Aug 14, 2012]

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
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Xconomy

Burlington, MA-based Acquia, a provider of enterprise-level software and services for the open source, social Web publishing system Drupal, is revealing this morning that it has acquired spam-blocking software maker Mollom. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed, but it appears that the deal is more of a strategic play for both companies than a big startup exit, given that Mollom was co-founded by Acquia CTO and co-founder Dries Buytaert, also Drupal’s original author.

Mollom is a machine-learning play that evaluates user-submitted content—like comments, videos, or software code—on websites and determines the trustworthiness of the source based on parameters a company has set. It requires a CAPTCHA authentication of submissions that look suspicious, and learns from previous instances.

Drupal : Rachat de l’antispam Mollom, concurrent d’Akismet [14 août 2012]

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Tuesday, le 14 August 2012h
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Weblife

La société Acquia, co-fondatrice du célèbre système de gestion de contenu Drupal, vient tout juste d’annoncer l’acquisition d’une solution antispam nommée Mollom. A l’instar d’Akismet, bien connu des utilisateurs du CMS WordPress, l’idée est de proposer une solide protection au fléau des messages indésirables qui envahissent internet.

Aucune information n’a été communiquée concernant cet accord.

Dries Buytaert brengt Mollom onder bij Acquia [14 augustus 2012]

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Wednesday, 15 August 2012
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Datanews

De Belgische Drupal-bedenker Dries Buytaert voegt zijn ene geesteskind samen met het andere.

Binnen Mollom, met eigen middelen opgestart in 2008, ontwikkelden Dries Buytaert en Benjamin Schrauwen een gesofisticeerde spamfilter voor websites, met als doel op een geautomatiseerde, productieve manier enkel kwalitatieve content toe te laten. "Sinds we startten hebben we bijna een miljard spamboodschappen geblokkeerd", meldt Buytaert in een blog. Het bedrijf telt intussen 6 mensen en heeft grote kleppers als Sony Music, Adobe, Fox News, Oxfam, Twitter, Stanford University en Warner Records als klant.

Acquia Acquires Mollom to Launch First Content Moderation Platform for the Enterprise [Aug 14, 2012]

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
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Global Security Mag

Acquia, the enterprise guide to Drupal, announced it has acquired Mollom, a leading provider of content monitoring solutions for user-generated content. Mollom was co-founded by Benjamin Schrauwen and Dries Buytaert, who is the co-founder and CTO of Acquia, and the original creator and project lead for Drupal. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

The acquisition will fuel Acquia’s continued momentum by expanding its offerings. Mollom’s technology is used by Twitter, Sony Music, Tuenti, Radian6, Thomson Reuters, Stanford University and more than 50,000 other web sites. In addition, Mollom’s analytics technology will enable Acquia to build the Internet’s first social content moderation platform, which will help both Drupal and non-Drupal users filter spam and other unwanted or damaging user-generated content from their web sites.

Since 2008, Mollom has blocked almost a billion spam messages, and 78 percent of all the comments on the sites it protects are spam.

Drupal-dienstverlener Acquia koopt Mollom [14 augustus 2012]

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Tuesday, 14 August 2012
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Computable

Drupal-dienstverlener Acquia neemt voor een onbekend bedrag Mollom over, een aanbieder van content monitoringoplossingen voor user-generated content. Mollom is opgericht door Benjamin Schrauwen en Dries Buytaert; die laatste is mede-oprichter en cto van Acquia en de oorspronkelijke ontwikkelaar en projectleider van Drupal.

Met de overname denkt Acquia zijn aanbod te kunnen uitbreiden. De technologie van Mollom wordt gebruikt door Twitter, Sony Music, Tuenti, Radian6, Thomson Reuters, Stanford University en meer dan vijftigduizend andere websites. Bovendien heeft Acquia nu met de analysetechnologie van Mollom het naar eigen zeggen eerste moderationplatform voor sociale content op het internet. Hiermee kunnen zowel gebruikers als niet-gebruikers van Drupal spam en andere ongewenste of schadelijke user-generated content van hun websites filteren. Mollom heeft sinds 2008 bijna een miljard spamberichten geblokkeerd. 78 procent van alle reacties op de sites die Mollom beschermt zijn spamberichten.

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