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Google Gives $2 Million To Wikimedia Foundation

Courtesy of Google, the nonprofit Wikimedia Foundation has received a significant gift.  Google donated $2 million to the organization, which is responsible for keeping Wikipedia up and running.

Mitch Kapor, who’s on the Advisory Board of the Wikimedia Foundation, announced the contribution late yesterday on Twitter.  Jimmy Wales followed up soon after with a tweet of his own soon after.

Wikipedia Shatters Fundraising Record for Single Day
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Wikipedia had a record-shattering day this week. On Tuesday afternoon, the Wikimedia Foundation posted a personal appeal from its founder, Jimmy Wales. In that, Wales said:

The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization I created in 2003 to operate, grow, nurture, and protect Wikipedia. For ten million US dollars a year and with a staff of fewer than 35 people, it runs the fifth most-read website in the entire world. I’m asking for your help so we can continue our work.

Will a Lack of Editors Affect Wikipedia Accuracy?
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Wikipedia is a very useful site for anyone looking to find information on any given topic. Chances are that you have used it for research at one time or another. Even if you don’t start by going directly to Wikipedia, results from the site are often at the top of search results in Google, and you’ll get there anyway.

Wikipedia on Staying Relevant to a Diverse World
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We recently reported on the notion that Wikipedia losing editors could lead to a decline in accuracy. Sue Gardner, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia, tells WebProNews growth in editing has slowed, but the number of editors is just flat, and not declining.

Wikipedia to Start Coloring Trust

Last week, it was revealed that Wikipedia would be making some changes to its rules for editing. It was reported that the site was testing pages that would require people editing entries to have their changes approved by "experienced" editors before the changes would be made.

Now it appears that some other specific editorial changes are in store for the widely used encyclopedia site. The people behind Wikipedia reportedly intend to implement a color coded system of trust, called WikiTrust.

Wikimedia Enters Partnership With Orange
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The Wikimedia Foundation, the organization behind Wikipedia, is partnering with European mobile provider Orange. The partnership will see Orange devices carrying co-branded content for customers in France, the UK, Spain, and Poland.

Wikimedia Foundation Takes In $500,000 Gift

If you’ve been worried about the survival of everyone’s favorite online encyclopedia, fear not – the Wikimedia Foundation recently received a $500,000 donation.

Does Open License Mean Open Season?

The unattributed verbatim appearance of a Wikipedia article in a book from a major publisher sparked accusations of plagiarism, and raises more serious issues of ethics as well as the perils of publishing under open licenses.