Latest Wikipedia Stories

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...

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...

2010-04-29 09:44:12

A co-founder of the Wikipedia online encyclopedia is accusing the website of knowingly posting pornographic cartoons or illustrations of underage children. In a letter written to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) earlier this month, Larry Sanger, who helped create Wikipedia but left the organization in 2002, specifically mentioned two entries--'pedophilia' and 'lolicon'--in the Wikipedia Commons section of the encyclopedia that are filled with at least 25 different explicit drawings...

2010-03-24 14:05:00

Visitors to the widely popular free encyclopedia site Wikipedia were greeted with a DNS failure notification Wednesday afternoon. A spokesman for the site said access to English-language pages should be back up and running within the hour. It is not clear what caused the outage. Wikipedia used its Twitter feed to direct users to a blog explaining the technical issues, but that link also returned a DNS failure. Those who tried to reach the blog post were able to read the title in the address...

2010-03-05 07:39:05

The quality of entries in the world's largest open-access online encyclopedia depends on how authors collaborate, UA Eller College Professor Sudha Ram finds. The patterns of collaboration between Wikipedia contributors have a direct effect on the data quality of an article, according to a new paper co-authored by a University of Arizona professor and graduate student. Sudha Ram, a UA's Eller College of Management professor, co-authored the article with Jun Liu, a graduate student in the...

2010-02-18 10:50:00

The Internet's largest company, Google, is offering a $2 million gift to Wikipedia to help support the volunteer-driven online encyclopedia that has become one of the net's most read websites, the Associated Press reports. Google's donation, announced on Wednesday, matches the largest grant made so far to the foundation. Ebay founder Pierre Omidyar donated $2 million six months ago to help support Wikimedia Foundation. The latest donation has put Wikimedia over its $10.6 million target for...

2010-02-11 09:00:00

PLEASANTON, Calif., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- LeapFish announced today that its multimedia search engine continues to grow in user base and that it anticipates more than 20 million searches in 2010. The company reported strong early adopter growth in 2009 having reached a 10,000 Alexa rank in one year. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20091105/SF05936LOGO) "We are seeing a great growth trajectory in the number of users setting their homepage to LeapFish," said David Bruggeman,...

2009-11-26 10:50:00

A recent university study showed that Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia, "lost" some 49,000 of its volunteer editors in the first three months of this year. BBC compared this figure to a loss of 4,900 over the same period last year. Felipe Ortega, from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, carried out the research and said that if the trend continues, it could spell problems for the site. "If the negative trend is maintained for too much time, say one or two years, eventually the project...

2009-11-19 13:07:55

Ten events in Internet history have been given Webby Awards after being named the top Internet moments of the decade. The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences named Iran's election protests, the iPhone, Twitter and the growth of Craigslist as top moments. The list is a collection of the top 10 moments, but it does not put those moments into a specific order. "That depends on who you are and what you're interested in," said David-Michel Davies, the executive director of the Webby...

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