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Wikipedia Shuts Down Hundreds Of Accounts For Paid Edits

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 issue seriously and has been following it closely,” writes Gardner. “With a half a billion readers, Wikipedia is an important …

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Wikimedia Plans To Beef Up Security Across Projects With HTTPS

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 time. The foundation has outlined its current roadmap in a blog post. “The Wikimedia Foundation believes strongly in protecting the …

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Wikipedia Adds ‘Nearby’ Feature To Surface Location-Relevant 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 things about the area around them, however. It will also help the foundation improve Wikipedia, by calling on those most …

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Wikimedia Launches Wikimedia Commons App For Android, iOS

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 through social media sites. The Android version lets you add categories as well. If you enable “GPS Tag,” you can …

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Wikipedia and Other 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 uniques. In March, the family of sites saw an astounding 517 million unique vistors. The data comes courtesy of the …

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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 Wikipedia to your device, so you can read any article any time, even when you’re offline or when you don’t …

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Sue Gardner To Depart Wikimedia Foundation, ‘Uncomfortable’ With Where Internet Is Heading

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 replacement, and she will remain in her position in the meantime. She’s been with the foundation since it was small, …

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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 Wikipedia. “Wikimedia sites have been hosted in our main data center in Tampa, Florida, since 2004; before that, the couple …

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Wikimedia Foundation Launches Wikivoyage Travel Guide

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 new project for Wikipedia, Wikivoyage has actually been around for about seven years. As the foundation explains, it has been …

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There Are Now Over 15 Million Media Files In Wikimedia Commons

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 Depression Seventeen-W, described as a “tropical cyclone that developed during the 1996 Pacific typhoon season.” It comes from the U.S. …

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Wikipedia Goes Down: Internet Freaks Out

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 you’ve got, ’til it’s gone.” Wikipedia is down right now, and people are not realizing how much they depend on …

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Wikipedia Registers 11 New Domain Names

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. Here is a list of the new domain names registered by Wikipedia; voyagewiki.com voyagewiki.org wikguide.org wikicompass.org wikidestination.org wikiguidebook.org wikiholiday.org wikilocale.org …

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