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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...

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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...

2011-01-13 16:03:00

NEW YORK, Jan. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- "Truth in Numbers? Everything, According to Wikipedia," a film by Scott Glosserman and Nic Hill showing the inner workings of the online information resource, will make its debut in a number of countries as part of worldwide celebrations of Wikipedia's 10th anniversary on January 15, 2011. Anniversary celebrations in Germany, India, Mexico, Portugal, Romania, Sweden and the UK will include screenings of the film for wikipedians and other fans of...

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2011-01-13 06:00:00

Wikipedia said on Wednesday that it would target India, and possibly Brazil, in seeking to reach its goal of 1 billion users. Sue Gardner, Executive Director of the San Francisco, CA-based online encyclopedia, said Wikipedia seeks to reach its target within the next five years while maintaining its status as a non-profit organization. "We don't move in the world of IPOs and valuation and investment," said Gardner, who runs the non-profit foundation behind Wikipedia, during an interview with...

2011-01-05 08:13:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- January 15, 2011 will mark a decade of Wikipedia. Founded by Jimmy Wales in 2001, Wikipedia has become the fifth most popular website in the world with 410 million monthly readers (comScore, November 2010). Just three years after its founding, Wikipedia reached 500,000 articles in 50 languages. Now, at 17 million articles in 270 languages and growing, Wikipedia is the only top-ten website in the world that is truly user-generated, supported and...

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...

2010-11-18 06:45:00

NEW YORK, Nov. 18, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Wikipedia, the most popular reference site on the Internet, has nearly 400 million unique visitors each month and is consulted almost 3,000 times every second. It's such a mainstay of our society, that if your company, your product or service, or business isn't on Wikipedia, many would wonder whether it actually exists. Most businesspeople agree that a presence on Wikipedia is an outright necessity due to its capacity to increase online visibility....

2010-11-05 00:00:40

In an increasingly fragmented internet landscape, Tech Limelight aims to create a community maintained, singular resource that aggregates information and trends in the consumer technology industry. Combining features from established social media websites like Digg, Wikipedia, Twitter, and Facebook with a robust rating system empowers Tech Limelight users with new and powerful ways to discover and stay up to date on consumer technology topics and trends. Boston, MA (PRWEB) November 3, 2010...

2010-10-18 08:00:00

REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Microsoft Research today announced the launch of the beta version of WikiBhasha, a multilingual content creation tool for Wikipedia. The WikiBhasha tool enables contributors to Wikipedia to find content from other Wikipedia articles, translate the content into other languages, and then either compose new articles or enhance existing articles in multilingual Wikipedias. The WikiBhasha beta is available as an open source MediaWiki extension,...


Word of the Day
maffling
  • To stammer.
  • Present participle of maffle, to stammer.
  • A simpleton.
The word 'maffle' may come from a Dutch word meaning 'to move the jaws' or a French word meaning 'having large cheeks'.