As if today wasn't big enough, I am absolutely delighted to announce that a long-held dream of ours has been realized: we finally have our web site back. Conde Nast today announced the acquisition of Wired News.
You may be confused by this: Wired.com isn't the website of Wired Magazine? Well, for the last eight years it hasn't been. The magazine and website were separated in a complicated deal in 1998, long before my time (see this Wikipedia entry for more Wired history). The result was an agreement between the two, by which Wired News (wired.com) would host our content on their site (under wired.com/wired) next to their own content, but we, the magazine, were prohibited from doing anything in the digital realm. Aside from being somewhat ironic that Wired Magazine wasn't really wired, it was frustrating for us to be unable to walk the talk, since we didn't control the site.
Now we do. Today we have the opportunity to make Wired (the combined brands) a leader in online media innovation, exactly as our readers expect. We're bursting with ideas and can't wait to get started brainstorming with our cousins once-removed across the hall from us in San Francisco, who have done fantastic work with limited resources for all these years, sharing our name but not our keycards. Welcome to Conde Nast, Wired News! We've been waiting for this day for a long time.