It has been exactly one month since we released Drupal 4.7.0 and we have nearly broken 50,000 downloads. The Drupal 4.7 videocasts have been watched over 25,000 times, and have added 400GB of traffic to our monthly bandwidth usage. Not too shabby.
NowPublic, a citizen journalism website built on Drupal, closed 1.4 million USD in angel financing. The internet is reshaping the future of news, information and journalism.
(Disclosure: I am an advisor to NowPublic.)
David Mercer has written a Drupal book: Drupal: creating blogs, forums, portals, and community websites. The book is published by Packt, who mailed me a number of free copies to give away at future Drupal events.
It looks like a thorough book with clear and useful examples. The book is geared towards people who are new to Drupal and that want practical advice on how to get a Drupal site up and running. It won't make you a Drupal expert, but it will give you a solid base from which to build. More information, including a free chapter on how to install Drupal, can be found at the publisher's website.
Rumor has it that Google will sponsor 14 Drupal developer stipends in this year's Summer of Code program (SoC). To inspire young developers to work on FOSS projects during the summer, Google will provide a stipend of 5,000 USD to each student developer, of which 4,500 USD goes to the student and 500 USD goes to Drupal project (or to the mentors). With 14 accepted applications this adds up to a 70,000 USD investment over a three-month period.
We're still waiting for an official announcement from Google, but the screenshot below shows that 14 projects appear to have been approved.
Thanks to Google, Drupal's SoC organizers and the 36 Drupal mentors to bring on board a range of fresh talents.