This story was written by Joseph Weisenthal.
The past year has seen a surprising amount of activity in the area of blog commenting systems, as companies like Disqus and Intense Debate have looked to improve upon the standard old system of leaving comments Now comes word that Automattic, the company that commercializes the Wordpress platform, has acquired Intense Debate for an unspecified sum. In a blog post, Intense Debate CTO Jon Fox explains that the platform will still work just fine on other blog systems (Movable Type, Tumblr, etc.) but that there will now be tighter integration between it and some of Automattic's other owned systems, like anti-spam tool Akismet and Gravatar (avatars for blog comments). Intense Debate hasn't announced any major funding (though Disqus raised $500k earlier this year from various investors including Union Square). It's not clear how this will change the playing field, although it obviously doesn't hurt to have the team behind Wordpress pushing one over the other. Read more in the announcement.
By Joseph Weisenthal