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Wikipedia Banks $140,000 in Bitcoin Donations in First Week

Wikipedia Banks $140,000 in Bitcoin Donations in First Week

By Josh Wolford August 7, 2014

The Wikimedia Foundation lives on donations – that’s how you can read the Wikipedia entry on World of Warcraft and not be bombarded with ads for Mountain Dew Code Red. And garnering enough donations to keep afloat hasn’t always been …

Wikimedia Foundation Has Its New Executive Director Wikimedia Foundation Has Its New Executive Director

It’s been over thirteen months since Sue Gardner announced that she’d step down as the Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit behind Wikipedia. The foundation has finally announced her replacement. Lila Tretikov will be taking on the role. …

Wikimedia Employee Fired For Paid Wikipedia Edits Wikimedia Employee Fired For Paid Wikipedia Edits
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Back in the fall, the Wikimedia Foundation announced that it was shutting down hundreds of Wikipedia accounts over paid edits, and that it was investigating editors being paid for their editing. This came after a site called Wiki-PR was exposed …

Here's How Multimedia On Wikipedia Could Work Here's How Multimedia On Wikipedia Could Work

The WIkimedia Foundation is thinking about some changes it can make to the way multimedia works on Wikipedia, and has shared its vision for some possibilities for the next couple of years. It looks like the experience will be getting …

Wikimedia Foundation Sends Cease & Desist To Wiki-PR Wikimedia Foundation Sends Cease & Desist To Wiki-PR
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Last month, Sue Gardner, the outgoing executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, announced that over 250 Wikipedia accounts had been blocked or banned as editors investigated accusations of people being paid to edit and manage pages. Wiki-PR is a company …

Wikipedia Shuts Down Accounts For Paid Edits Wikipedia Shuts Down Accounts For Paid Edits
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Sue Gardner, the outgoing executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, announced today that over 250 Wikipedia accounts have been blocked or banned as editors investigate accusations of people being paid to edit and manage pages. “The Wikimedia Foundation takes this …

Wikimedia Provides Roadmap For HTTPS Upgrade Wikimedia Provides Roadmap For HTTPS Upgrade
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The Wikimedia Foundation is working on making its projects more secure to protect users’ privacy. As one can imagine, there are plenty of technological obstacles that the foundation must overcome, so it’s going through the process a little at a …

Wikipedia Gets 'Nearby' Feature For Local Content Wikipedia Gets 'Nearby' Feature For Local Content

The Wikimedia Foundation announced today the addition of a new Nearby feature designed to help users discover articles about subjects relevant to their location. It’s available for both mobile and desktop. The feature not only will help users discover interesting …

Wikimedia Launches Wikimedia Commons App Wikimedia Launches Wikimedia Commons App

The Wikimedia Foundation announced the launch of a new app for Android and iOS, which allows you to quickly upload photos to to Wikimedia Commons, its free image repository. The app enables you to upload multiple files and share uploads …

Wikimedia Sites See 500M+ Uniques a Month Wikimedia Sites See 500M+ Uniques a Month

Wikimedia sites, which include Wikipedia, Wikionary, Wikibooks, Wikimedia Commons, Wikiquote, and nearly a dozen more, now see over 500 million unique visitors a month. The previous high was set in May of 2012, when Wikimedia Foundation sites saw 492 million …

Download All Of Wikipedia Onto Your Android Device Download All Of Wikipedia Onto Your Android Device

Wikipedia suggests that you download the entirety of the website on your Android device using an app called Kiwix. The Wikimedia foundation posted to its blog today, recommending the app, which lets you download the millions of article contained within …

Sue Gardner To Depart Wikimedia Foundation Sue Gardner To Depart Wikimedia Foundation
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Sue Gardner, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation (the organization that runs Wikipedia) announced today that she is stepping away from her position. She’s not leaving right way. She expects it to take at least six months to find her …

Wikipedia Moves To Ashburn, Virginia Wikipedia Moves To Ashburn, Virginia

The Wikimedia Foundation announced today that it is transitioning its main technical operations from a data center in Tampa to one in Ashburn, Virginia, in move it says will improve the technical performance and reliability for all its sites, including …

Wikimedia Foundation Launches Wikivoyage Wikimedia Foundation Launches Wikivoyage
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The Wikimedia Foundation has launched Wikivoyage, which brings a Wikipedia-like element to travel. It’s a free travel guide, which is freely editable, and was built by volunteers. Naturally, it has a very Wikipedia-like look and feel: While it is a …

Wikimedia Commons Hit 15M Media File Milestone Wikimedia Commons Hit 15M Media File Milestone

The WIkimedia Foundation announced that on December 4, Wikimedia Commons, the organization’s free media repository, hit a 15 million media file milestone. There are now over 15 million pictures, videos and audio files, and the 15 millionth one shows Tropical …

Wikipedia Goes Down: Internet Freaks Out Wikipedia Goes Down: Internet Freaks Out
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Update: Wikipedia now appears to be back in working order. Either way, this was quite a reminder of just how much the Internet has come to rely on Wikipedia. What a scare! As Cinderella once said, “You don’t know what …

Wikipedia Registers 11 New Domain Names Wikipedia Registers 11 New Domain Names
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Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit, has just registered 11 new domain names in the past day. Usually moves like this indicate upcoming projects, especially because Wikipedia does not have a history of regularly registering new domain names. …