Tumblr, the social blog platform and Yahoo! subsidiary, has launched the ability to customize your blog’s design across any device, including native iOS and Android apps. The previous version of the Tumblr mobile app lacked themes in favor of a standard app-wide design. This made the app look bare. The in-app customization gives users more of a “mobile identity.”
Reddit, Mozilla, and Yahoo!’s Tumblr are preparing to protest the NSA tomorrow. The protest is called “The Day We Fight Back.” Other organizations that are participating in the protest includes the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Participants of the protest are being asked to “install banners to encourage their visitors to fight back against surveillance.” Internet users are being asked to develop memes and are being asked to change social media avatars to reflect the demands.
Popular blog platform Tumblr now has SSL security support, but it is not switched on by default. You have to turn on the security feature yourself. Tumblr has been testing SSL security for weeks now and you can turn it on from your settings. Users need to go to the Tumblr dashboard’s Account Settings and then toggle the switch.
There is a Tumblr blog where a dog named Scout wears various objects on his head called “Stuff on Scout’s Head.” The blog was created by Scout’s owner Jen Gillen. She came up with the idea after a friend told her to balance a toilet paper roll on the dog’s head. Gillen snaps a photo of Scout balancing the object and then passes him a treat for his job well done. Pet lovers on the Internet have fallen in love with the Tumblr blog. Check out some additional photos below:
Cable and satellite TV channel E! has put a show in development called “Rich Kids Of Beverly Hills.” This unscripted series features 20-something friends that are very wealthy. The show is reportedly inspired by the blog “Rich Kids of Instagram.”
Tumblr founder David Karp is being paid to stay at Yahoo! for the next 4 years. You may recall that Yahoo! acquired Tumblr for $1.1 billion in May 2013. Karp did not expect to sell his company to Yahoo!, but he was motivated to sell because Yahoo! was giving Tumblr a shortcut to the hard things Tumblr had to learn in order to grow their business.
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There is a new Tumblr blog that pokes fun at the redesign of iOS 7. iOS 7 has been criticized for a lack of innovation. Critics said that iOS 7 is simply a color retouch designed by Apple’s SVP of Industrial Design, Sir Jony Ive. This is why a parody blog called Jony Ive Redesigns Things was created.
Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) has confirmed in a blog post that they are acquiring Tumblr. As we reported earlier, the deal is worth approximately $1.1 billion, mostly in cash. Tumblr will operate independently with David Karp as the CEO. The deal is expected to close towards the second half of the year.