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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...

2008-11-13 09:00:14

Veveo(TM), a driving force behind the video-anywhere revolution and the vtap (TM) web video service, today announced the launch of its WikiTap application, now available for both the iPhone and T-Mobile G1 (Google Android). WikiTap lets iPhone and G1 users quickly and easily search Wikipedia to get the most relevant results from the first keystroke. The WikiTap application also allows users to actively enhance and expand multimedia content relevant to an entry by uploading photos and videos....

2008-10-28 12:30:00

myYearbook.com, the fastest-growing online social network in the United States, is now the 14th largest site in the US as measured by page views and the 19th largest site as measured by total minutes spent online according to online competitive intelligence service comScore. Logging more than 1.5 billion page views and 792 million minutes spent online in September, myYearbook surpassed internet giants such as Amazon, ESPN, and Wikipedia and continues to grow. The site, founded by two NJ...

2008-08-13 15:00:24

By GILES TURNBULL Google has launched Knol (www.knol.google.com), a new service aimed at people who want to share what they know. It's a bit like writing a new encyclopedia, except that anyone can chip in. And yes, it's a bit like www.wikipedia.com, but with more control. Wikipedia allows anyone to edit any page and is constantly Aghting off vandalism; Knol gives control over each page to its creator. Other people can contribute and add comments, but the creator decides whether...

2008-07-28 00:00:21

By Andrew Keen ON NEW MEDIA This time last year I went down to Los Angeles to do a live debate about the merits of user-generated-content with a kid called Justin Kan. It was a surreal experience. Kan, a freshly graduated Yale philosophy student, had affixed an always-on video camera on his head. Everything in his life - absolutely everything including, of course, sex and sleep - is streamed in grainy video onto his website. And so our whole debate - which, fortunately, featured neither...

2008-06-24 12:02:28

Since the Internet emerged as a major force, altering everything from the way people work to the way they date, it has been a roller-coaster ride that made the world giddy. Microsoft (MSFT), Netscape, et al. fought the browser wars, Web standards were championed, and the Web became community-minded and social, ushering in the reign of Facebook, Flickr (YHOO), and YouTube. From boom to bust and back again, with staggering amounts of money changing hands at every point, the online industry...


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