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  • Stephen Fry's is the first of many voices to be made immortal by Wikipedia
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    Stephen Fry's is the first of many voices to be made immortal by Wikipedia

    By 28 January 2014

    Wikipedia aims to record voices of thousands of notable figures to be stored for posterity. And the actor Stephen Fry is the first to take part. If you thought Fry was already in your face a bit too much with Twitter, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug...

  • Wikipedia adds free eBook export option to site
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    Wikipedia adds free eBook export option to site

    By 18 September 2012

    Wikimedia, the company behind Wikipedia, has added a new export option to its site that allows you to save content in EPUB format, essentially enabling off-site reading to be performed on several eBook readers, including Amazon's Kindle devices. The resource...

  • Encyclopædia Britannica print edition defeated by digital
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    Encyclopædia Britannica print edition defeated by digital

    By 14 March 2012

    After 244 years the Encyclopædia Britannica is no more when it comes to print form, becoming the latest victim of the digital revolution. The encyclopaedia, which was written and continuously updated by around 100 full-time editors and more than 4,000 expert...

  • Best Android apps for learning and reference
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    Best Android apps for learning and reference

    By 1 February 2012

    Smartphones apps aren't just about games. There's some educating to do out there if you'd care to tear yourself away from Fruit Ninja for just two minutes and we at Pocket-lint have amassed the very best Android apps for learning and reference so that...

  • Orange and Wikipedia offer free knowledge in Africa and the Middle East
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    Orange and Wikipedia offer free knowledge in Africa and the Middle East

    By 24 January 2012

    Orange and the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organisation that operates Wikipedia, have joined forces to offer free learning to mobile browsers in Africa and the Middle East (AMEA). Well, free learning and also free looking up of mundane stuff...

  • Wikipedia hits record numbers following SOPA black-out
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    Wikipedia hits record numbers following SOPA black-out

    By 19 January 2012

    We always want what we can't have. And clearly that was the case on Wednesday when Wikipedia blacked-out for the day in protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), and recorded bigger hits than usual....

  • Google, Wikipedia and others go dark against SOPA
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    Google, Wikipedia and others go dark against SOPA

    By 18 January 2012

    Wikipedia, Google, Reddit, Mozilla, WordPress, Flickr, and dozens of other websites have shown their support against SOPA by either going dark, or showing their dislike of the US bill in some way. SOPA, standing for Stop Online Piracy Act, aims to grant...

  • Wikipedia blackout to mark protest against SOPA piracy bill
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    Wikipedia blackout to mark protest against SOPA piracy bill

    By 17 January 2012

    In an unprecedented move, Wikipedia, the go-to web-based encyclopaedia, has decided to shut down its English-language website for 1 day on 18 January in protest against the US online piracy bill. The decision to "go dark" came out of discussions between...

  • Pocket-lint Podcast #30
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    Pocket-lint Podcast #30

    By 21 January 2011

    It's all go with the Pocket-lint team this week, as each of them has some amazing news to bring to the table. Features editor Dan chats about his encounter with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, reporter Paul regales us with tales of the European launch...

  • Wikipedian Jimmy Wales talks favourites, faults and the future
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    Wikipedian Jimmy Wales talks favourites, faults and the future

    By 19 January 2011

    Jimmy Wales looks exactly like his picture. Any of Wikipedia’s 400 million readers would recognise the site’s founder as he sits across a coffee table from Pocket-lint on a wet afternoon in a ground floor office space in East London. There’s the...

  • Wikipedia appeals for donations
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    Wikipedia appeals for donations

    By 16 November 2010

    It's approaching the end of November, and that can only mean one thing. No, we don't mean the endless loop of Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" on Radio 1, but the annual Wikimedia Foundation fund-raising appeal. Now in its 7th year, it's...

  • APP OF THE DAY - Wikidroid
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    APP OF THE DAY - Wikidroid

    By 18 June 2010

    Waving your phone out in front of your face to see what used to happen on the streets around you is all very useful. Except it isn't. So, for those who want an app of a more serious nature and one that'll actually enrich your life and expand your brain,...

  • Best free iPad apps
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    Best free iPad apps

    By 27 May 2010

    UPDATE: Check out our Best iPad 2 apps round up of the best iPad 2 Apps to get So you've got an iPad, but you've scraped and saved so much that you now don't have enough money to buy any iPad apps. Well the bad news, is that while there are free apps...

  • Jimmy Wales plans Wikipedia porn purge
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    Jimmy Wales plans Wikipedia porn purge

    By 7 May 2010

    Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has waded into a minor row brewing on the site over whether pornographic content should be hosted on Wikimedia Commons - the place where all Wikipedia images are hosted. Wales said in a post on his usertalk page: "Wikimedia...

  • Best iPad apps for learning and reference
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    Best iPad apps for learning and reference

    By 20 April 2010

    So you've just taken in a shiny new iPad. Great, but you'll soon realise that on its own the iPad doesn't do that much. We've scoured the 3500 dedicated iPad apps (and counting) to bring you what we think are the best iPad apps available at the moment...

  • Google donates $2m to Wikipedia
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    Google donates $2m to Wikipedia

    By 18 February 2010

    Google has reached deep into its wallet and handed over a massive grant to the Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia and a number of other sites. The $2,000,000 donation will be used to make Wikipedia easier to use, says the charity. "Wikipedia is...

  • VIDEO: GiffGaff phone network goes live
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    VIDEO: GiffGaff phone network goes live

    By 25 November 2009

    An interesting mobile phone network has just launched in the UK. Although owned by O2 and run by its execs, GiffGaff claims to be a completely separate "people-powered" operator, offering very cheap calls, texts and web browsing in exchange for customer...

  • The Nokia Foundation award goes to Jimmy Wales
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    The Nokia Foundation award goes to Jimmy Wales

    By 5 November 2009

    The Nokia Foundation has announced that it has granted its 10,000 euro 2009 award to Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia. Nokia says Wales was awarded "for his contributions to the evolution of the World Wide Web as a participatory and truly democratic...

  • Who'll be the casualties of Google Music?
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    Who'll be the casualties of Google Music?

    By 29 October 2009

    Not content with crashing down hard on the satnav industry yesterday, today Google put the willies up the music industry too with the launch of a Google music search feature. Just before you go diving off to try it, it's only available in the US at the...

  • WikiReader gadget puts Wikipedia in your hand for $99
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    WikiReader gadget puts Wikipedia in your hand for $99

    By 14 October 2009

    A new gadget that is hoping to let people access the 3 million odd articles on Wikipedia away from the computer has been launched in the US.  If you find yourself always reading Wikipedia this might just be the gadget for you. Called the WikiReader the...

  • Official Wikipedia iPhone app launched
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    Official Wikipedia iPhone app launched

    By 19 August 2009

    There's a multitude of applications on the iPhone for accessing Wikipedia, and they've just been joined by an official one from the site's creators - the Wikimedia Foundation. It allows users to access articles formatted specifically for the iPhone, which...

  • Wikipedia in trouble with National Portrait Gallery
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    Wikipedia in trouble with National Portrait Gallery

    By 14 July 2009

    The latest mini-scandal to hit Wikipedia is that the National Portrait Gallery is beginning legal proceedings against the online encyclopaedia. The gallery says 3000 images from its website have been uploaded unofficially to Wikipedia by a member of the...

  • Wikipedia censors reporter kidnapping
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    Wikipedia censors reporter kidnapping

    By 29 June 2009

    7 months ago, New York Times and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Rohde was kidnapped by the Taliban, along with his interpreter and his driver. The paper was worried - it knew that the first thing his captors would do was Google him to work out...

  • Wikipedia bans Church of Scientology
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    Wikipedia bans Church of Scientology

    By 1 June 2009

    Wikipedia, the smash hit crowd-sourced encyclopaedia, has announced that its Arbitration Committee has voted 10-0 (with one abstention) to ban the Church of Scientology from editing the site, with immediate effect. The arbitration against the church has...

  • Student's Wiki hoax quote reprinted worldwide
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    Student's Wiki hoax quote reprinted worldwide

    By 7 May 2009

    A Wikipedia hoax, carried out by an Irish sociology student as part of a "globalisation experiment", fooled newspaper and publications around the globe, it's been revealed. 22-year-old Shane Fitzgerald added a fake quote to French composer Maurice Jarre's...