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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...

2009-05-13 07:00:00

Links to Wikipedia records provided in collaboration with Wikipedia volunteers COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), a division of the American Chemical Society and the most comprehensive and authoritative source of chemical information, has launched a new, free, web-based resource called Common Chemistry (www.commonchemistry.org). (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070817/CLF008LOGO ) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090513/CL15892...

2009-04-22 19:00:00

PARIS and SAN FRANCISCO, April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- - This partnership, the first of its kind, will expand the reach of Wikimedia content through co-branded channels on Orange's mobile and web portals - The two partners will work together to develop new services and features around content from Wikipedia, the flagship project of the Wikimedia Foundation. Orange and the Wikimedia Foundation today announced a wide-ranging strategic partnership designed to mutually benefit each...

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2009-04-21 14:00:00

Researchers around the world are working to create new tools that can quickly ascertain a particular Web site's credibility. The need for such a tool has increased in recent years with the surge in the number of Web sites offering health advice, political viewpoints and other user-generated content, said researcher Andreas Juffinger at the Know-Center, an Austrian technology research center. Juffinger and his team are developing a program that analyzes and ranks blogs as "highly credible",...

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2009-04-01 13:21:18

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has abandoned the sites Wikia Search project, a movement that attempted to create a community-led search engine, BBC News reported. Wales wrote during a recent blog post that the decision to "close the doors" on the project was happening because it had "not been enjoying the kind of success that we hoped for." He cited that his decision to withdraw funding from the project was mostly due to the current recession, but added he promised to continue as a...

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2009-01-26 16:00:00

Wikipedia, an online user-generated encyclopedia, is considering a radical change to how it is run. It is considering a review of the rules that would allow editors to see the entries and approve them before they hit the website. The proposal was sparked after false reports of Senators Robert Byrd and Edward Kennedy had died. This proposal of change sparked controversies among the site's editors. Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia's founder, is proposing a system of flagged revisions, meaning that any...

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2009-01-03 07:20:00

Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, posted a thank you letter on Friday in response to the over 125,000 donors who helped the online user-submitted encyclopedia reach its fundraising goal for fiscal year 2008. Since July 1, over 125,000 Wikipedia users donated $4 million in addition to gifts and support totaling $2 million to the Wikimedia foundation. The foundation said about 50,000 contributors chipped in a total of $2 million within just eight days following a request letter posted by...

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2008-12-08 12:54:45

Several Internet providers in the UK decided to block a Wikipedia page showing an image of a naked girl, angering many users of the site. The censored page shows an album cover of German heavy metal band Scorpions, released in 1976. After online watchdog the Internet Watch Foundation warned Wikipedia that the picture might be illegal, Internet providers acted to have it blocked. "It was a potentially illegal child sexual abuse image," IWF said. But some of the volunteers who run Wikipedia...

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2008-11-25 08:05:00

New research shows consumers who glean all their health information from the online resource Wikipedia are missing out on the vital details of medications like harmful drug interactions and adverse effects. "If people went and used this as a sole or authoritative source without contacting a health professional...those are the types of negative impacts that can occur," Dr. Kevin A. Clauson of Nova Southeastern University in Palm Beach Gardens in Florida said. His research team found few...