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SOPA, PIPA Shelved Following Online Protests
2012-01-21 05:35:46

Following widespread protests and blackouts of multiple popular websites, Congress on Friday indefinitely postponed legislation intended to combat the online piracy of movies, music and other copyrighted content. In what Associated Press (AP) writer Jim Abrams called "a clear victory for Silicon Valley over Hollywood," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took to Twitter to announce that a procedural vote on the Protect IP Act (PIPA), which had reportedly been scheduled for next week, was...

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...

Google Co-Founder Donates $500K To Wikipedia
2011-11-19 06:06:33

A charitable foundation established by Google co-founder Sergey Brin and his wife, Anne Wojcicki, has given a $500,000 grant towards Wikipedia's $28.3 million annual budget, various media outlets have reported. The half-million dollar grant was given by the Brin Wojcicki Foundation, a philanthropic organization established by Brin and his wife, the co-founder of personal genomics website 23andMe. It was officially announced by the Wikimedia Foundation on Friday, Rik Myslewski of The...

Cancer Information On Wikipedia Accurate, But Not Very Readable
2011-09-18 06:21:13

  Lead researcher: 'I recommend to my patients that they start with PDQ, where they are less likely to get lost in jargon and hyperlinks' It is a commonly held that information on Wikipedia should not be trusted, since it is written and edited by non-experts without professional oversight. But researchers from the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson have found differently, according to a study published online Sept. 15 in the Journal of Oncology Practice. Reassuringly, they found...

2011-04-14 21:18:39

Not so long ago Wikipedia was considered a playground for Capitol Hill staffers to game the system and make "the boss look better and the opponent look ridiculous." Now a peer-reviewed study by Brigham Young University political scientist Adam Brown validates Wikipedia as a reliable place to get a political education. The research focused on past and present candidates for governor across the 50 states. Brown fact-checked biographical information and voting statistics and found very few...

2011-02-25 02:59:00

VERSAILLES, France, February 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The public establishment of the Chateau, Museum and National Estate of Versailles and Wikimedia France, an association for the free sharing of knowledge, have today signed a partnership to allow a wider dissemination of the historical, architectural and artistic riches of the Chateau and Estate of Versailles. Wikimedia France promotes in France the famous on-line encyclopaedia Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia projects. For...

2011-02-09 09:33:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- WatchMouse, a globally recognized self-service website and application performance monitoring company, today announced the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation will utilize the WatchMouse Public Status Pages to display the uptime and availability of their array of user-built projects. The Foundation operates Wikipedia and its sister projects, which are accessed by more than 395 million unique visitors (comScore December, 2010) from around the world...

2011-01-16 05:50:00

According to a new report, over 50 percent of U.S. adult Internet users look up information on Wikipedia. A Pew Internet and American Life Project survey found that 53 percent of U.S. adults who surf the Internet consult the user-generated online encyclopedia. Pew said that 62 percent of Internet users under the age of 30 use the service, along with 33 percent of Internet users over the age of 65. According to the survey, 52 percent of online adults between the ages of 30 and 49 use...

2011-01-14 11:00:00

FRANKFURT, Germany, January 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A new tool to evaluate the quality of Wikipedia articles is now available. "With http://www.Wiki-Watch.org , everybody can check the reliability of information within Wikipedia", says Professor Wolfgang Stock, one of the founders of Wiki-Watch, based at the European University 'Viadrina' in Frankfurt, Germany. "For the millions of people who look things up in Wikipedia, we offer a closer look into this fascinating system, how well...

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