All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘wikipedia’

Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales Calls Bullsh*t on Alt-Medicine Petitioners

If you look up “Emotional Freedom Techniques” on Wikipedia, you’ll see that it is “is generally characterized as pseudoscience and has not garnered significant support in clinical psychology.” If you look up “Thought Field Therapy on Wikipedia, you’ll find that “there is no scientific evidence that [it] is effective, and the American Psychological Association has stated that it ‘lacks a …

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Respected Wikimedia Employee Busted And Fired For Paid Wikipedia Edits

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 for engaing in the selling of such edits. In November, the foundation sent Wiki-PR a cease-and-desist. Paid editing on Wikipedia …

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Here’s How Multimedia On Wikipedia Could Work In A Couple Years

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 much more social. “The Wikimedia Foundation’s Multimedia team was formed to provide a richer experience and support more media contributions …

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Dan Aykroyd Talks Business and We Talk About Him

It’s the 30th anniversary of one of America’s favorite Christmas movies, Trading Places. Entrepreneurs are eating up Dan Aykroyd’s assertion in a Bloomberg interview that if Trading Places isn’t the Best Movie of All Time, it is at least the Best Business Movie of All Time. While co-star Eddie Murphy’s personal life might be a little more known that Dan …

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Wikimedia Foundation Sends Cease & Desist To Wiki-PR

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 that has made a business out of doing just that. The firm was mentioned in Gardner’s post, but had appeared …

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Plagiarism Charges Against Rand Paul Could Hurt 2016 Presidency Chances

There is perhaps no topic that is preached more in college than plagiarism. The heinous act of plagiarism is hammered by professors so hard that some students become nervous writers and over-cite. However, there are also those students who seem to simply not grasp the concept of plagiarism. Despite how often professors and students fret about lifting another’s words and …

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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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Doctors Decide They Need to Be the Ones Editing Medical Wikipedia Articles

Unless you’re some sort of know-it-all who thinks that you can scour the internet and self-diagnose any ailment that might befall you, I bet that you prefer to get your medical advice from people who spent years developing medical knowledge. You know, med students and doctors. But the reality is that no matter how much you’d prefer the knowledge of …

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Listen To Wikipedia Brings Music To Page Edits

The idea of Wikipedia does not necessarily produce Zen-like feelings. A good resource for quick research, or a place to catch up on missed story arcs, perhaps, but tranquility is not the first thing that pops into your head. Especially in a world where Wikipedia entry defacement and manipulation is a very real thing. However, thanks to the efforts of …

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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 Finally Gets Mobile Editing

The Wikimedia Foundation announced today that it has finally added the ability to edit Wikipedia from mobile devices. Historically, you’ve only been able to do so from the desktop. This is an increasingly important feature, as over 15% of Wikipedia’s users are already accessing the site on mobile devices. This number will obviously continue to trend upwards. The feature is …

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Siri Gets More Knowledge Graph-Like With Wikipedia, Bing

While demonstrating iOS 7 at the Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple announced some new Siri features. Among them, integration of Bing web search results. Siri has a new interface, and even a new male voice. It now understands more types of commands, such as: “Play last voicemail” “Increase brightness” “What is John Appleseed saying?” “Tell me about surfing” “What are the …

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