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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...

2009-11-04 10:30:00

HELSINKI, November 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Nokia Foundation has granted its 2009 award to Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, the free, multilingual encyclopedia. Wales was awarded for his contributions to the evolution of the World Wide Web as a participatory and truly democratic platform. The EUR 10,000 award was presented at the Nokia Foundation scholarship awards ceremony on 4 November, 2009. "It's a great honor to present this award on behalf of the Board of the...

2009-09-22 12:30:00

BEIJING, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Hudong.com, the world's largest Chinese encyclopedia website free to everyone, today announced that the company donated the Chinese trademark of Wikipedia to the Wikimedia Foundation. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090922/CNTU048 ) "The rapid development of Hudong.com demonstrates the increasing momentum of the wiki-enabled Chinese encyclopedia website," said Mr. Jimmy Wales, honorary chairman of the Wikimedia Foundation....

2009-08-26 06:25:00

In at attempt to weed-out bogus information on their website, Wikipedia will soon begin experimenting with new screening methods, the Associated Press reported.  Commentators say the true test will be whether they can uphold the open, democratic spirit of the Internet phenomenon while keeping the integrity of the site's information intact. One of the potential new restrictions being tested would require that modifications to certain existing articles first be approved by "experienced"...

2009-08-25 14:13:00

SAN FRANCISCO and REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Omidyar Network today announced a grant of up to $2 million over two years to the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia, one of the world's top 5 most visited websites. The Wikimedia Foundation has also appointed Matt Halprin, a partner at Omidyar Network, to its Board of Trustees. The grant will support Wikimedia's key goals: to bring free educational content to every person on the planet,...

2009-08-20 13:15:00

Wikipedia said it has released an iPhone application to help smart phone users open pages of its revered online encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, which is the nonprofit organization behind Wikipedia, made software for iPhones available at Apples online App Store. "Everybody recognizes with the growth of mobile tools globally that this is how people access information," foundation spokesman Jay Walsh told AFP on Wednesday. "Our mission is to spread free knowledge; we want to do everything...

2009-08-17 12:12:49

The English version of the online encyclopedia Wikipedia posted its three millionth article on Monday about a Norwegian actress. The milestone was announced on Wikipedia's homepage saying, "The English-language Wikipedia thanks its contributors for creating over 3,000,000 articles!" According to the online encyclopedia, the three millionth article was about Beate Eriksen, a 48-year-old Norwegian television and movie actress. Wikipedia prides itself on allowing anyone with an Internet...

2009-07-17 15:55:00

A dispute over Wikipedia's use of images from the Web site of a British art gallery is heating up as the online encyclopedia accuses the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) of violating its public service objective. But the gallery claims it needs to recover the $1.6 million (£1m) cost of its digitization program, and says Wikipedia has distorted its position. The NPG is now threatening legal action after 3,300 high-resolution images from its Web site were upload to Wikipedia by volunteer...

2009-06-29 14:55:20

A rare case of censorship appears to have paid off. The New York Times reported on Monday that it had collaborated with online encyclopedia Wikipedia to keep news of its kidnapped reporter in Afghanistan from going public for more than seven months. Times reporter David Rohde was taken captive by the Taliban in November 2008. The Times believed that publicity over his kidnapping would worsen negotiations to ensure Mr. Rohde's safe return. Rohde and his translator, Tahir Ludin, were able to...

2009-05-13 08:00:00

A first-of-its-kind toolset is empowering volunteer translators worldwide to bring TED talks to their communities NEW YORK, May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The acclaimed 18-minute talks available free on the TED website will now be accessible beyond the English-speaking world, through the TED Open Translation Project (www.ted.com/translation), which launches today. A year in the making, the project offers video subtitles, time-coded transcripts and the ability for volunteers worldwide to translate...

Word of the Day
  • To think; to imagine; to fancy.
  • To be of opinion; have the notion; think; imagine; suppose.
The word 'ween' comes from Middle English wene, from Old English wēn, wēna ("hope, weening, expectation"), from Proto-Germanic *wēniz, *wēnōn (“hope, expectation”), from Proto-Indo-European *wen- (“to strive, love, want, reach, win”).