Automattic Acquires Simplenote Parent Company Simperium

Automattic, the parent company of WordPress, has acquired synchronization startup company Simperium.  Simperium has developed a note-taking application for developers called Simplenote.  Automattic will continue the work on Simperium and Simplenote.

“Simperium seems like a genuine utility for our own apps, and for other people as a service,” stated Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg yesterday. “And Simplenote, as a product, I love, and it’s just darn handy.” Mullenweg initially wanted to invest in Simperium at first, but decided on the acquisition instead to get access to the company’s “brilliant” team.

“I think they can help us completely revamp our mobile apps,” Mullenweg said. “Right now, we download the entire blog post every time in our apps. Simperium only sends the diff (the difference between the two files). It’s way more bandwidth-efficient, and the online-offline opportunities will be huge.”

Simperium’s three person team have joined Automattic.  The company will be open sourcing their JavaScript and iOS client libraries going forward.  Simperium will become a part of Automattic’s developer services like Akismet and Gravatar.

[Source: AllThingsD]

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