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Wikimedia Raises Record $20M During Annual Fundraising Campaign
2012-01-05 05:51:54

The Wikimedia Foundation announced on Tuesday that it has raised a record-breaking $20 million from more than one million donors during a 46-day fundraising campaign. The San Francisco-based non-profit foundation, which oversees the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, said it had generated one-third more this year than the $15 million donated during last year's campaign. The 10-year-old volunteer-driven site is one of the Web´s most popular reference tools, amassing an index of more...

2010-12-15 06:30:00

NEW YORK, Dec. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Large images of Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales have for weeks dominated each and every page on Wikipedia, accompanied by a request for donations. Seen by 400 million unique visitors monthly, Mr. Wales is arguably the single most visible individual on the planet, surpassing even top celebrities, politicians and religious leaders. While unquestionably effective for promoting Mr. Wales, is this strategy best for Wikipedia? Alex Konanykhin, founder of...

2010-08-03 06:00:00

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Basho Technologies today announced Wikia, Inc. has selected Riak, Basho's next-generation distributed data store, as the foundation for a new set of global services. Wikia is the 70th largest site on the Internet according to Quantcast and brings millions of people together daily to create and discover engaging content. Wikia selected Riak over traditional databases and other emerging data storage technologies to distribute its data around the...

2010-05-11 06:25:00

A controversy is brewing over sexually explicit content available on the web encyclopedia Wikipedia and related sites. Co-founder Jimmy Wales has given up some of his site privileges following protests by contributors upset over him deleting images without consultation. Wales previously urged the removal of "pornographic" content from the user-generated site. This was after a complaint was filed about "child pornography" to the FBI from another Wikipedia co-founder. The estranged...

2009-04-01 13:21:18

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has abandoned the sites Wikia Search project, a movement that attempted to create a community-led search engine, BBC News reported. Wales wrote during a recent blog post that the decision to "close the doors" on the project was happening because it had "not been enjoying the kind of success that we hoped for." He cited that his decision to withdraw funding from the project was mostly due to the current recession, but added he promised to continue as a...

2009-01-03 07:20:00

Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, posted a thank you letter on Friday in response to the over 125,000 donors who helped the online user-submitted encyclopedia reach its fundraising goal for fiscal year 2008. Since July 1, over 125,000 Wikipedia users donated $4 million in addition to gifts and support totaling $2 million to the Wikimedia foundation. The foundation said about 50,000 contributors chipped in a total of $2 million within just eight days following a request letter posted by...

2005-08-05 11:38:20

BERLIN (Reuters) - Wikipedia, the Web encyclopaedia written and edited by Internet users from all over the world, plans to impose stricter editorial rules to prevent vandalism of its content, founder Jimmy Wales was quoted as saying Friday. In an interview with German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Wales, who launched Wikipedia with partner Larry Sanger in 2001, said it needed to find a balance between protecting information from abuse and providing open access to improve entries. "There may...

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