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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,...

2010-07-26 23:00:00

PALO ALTO, Calif., July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- News Facts Cooliris, innovator of the fastest and most stunning way to engage with media on desktops or devices, today announced the release of Discover, a freely available, immersive new iPad application that empowers users to explore information through an innovative, seamless magazine-style interface on Wikipedia. Discover by Cooliris leverages the power of the iPad platform to deliver an enjoyable experience for Wikipedia's vast collection...

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2010-06-15 14:45:00

Wikipedia has taken an "important step" towards making it easier to edit some of its most controversial articles. Up to 2,000 articles will have their strict editing restrictions relaxed, including that of former U.S. President George W. Bush. Users will be able to submit changes to the selected pages for review by senior editors. This is part of the site's ongoing efforts to curb vandalism of the site. Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, told BBC News that the new system will allow the...

2010-05-12 08:34:00

WASHINGTON, May 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The founder of Wikipedia will be among the participants in a Miller Center National Debate on whether the Internet is threatening democracy. The debate, produced by the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs, in partnership with MacNeil/Lehrer Productions and the National Press Club, will take place Tuesday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m. ET at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Debating the resolution, "Democracy is threatened...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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