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  • Orange phones to get Wikipedia content
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    Orange phones to get Wikipedia content

    By 23 April 2009

    Like Wikipedia? The world's online encyclopaedia is soon to be integrated onto Orange handsets. Orange and the Wikimedia Foundation have announced a "wide-ranging strategic partnership" for customers in France, the UK, Spain and Poland with "quick and...

  • Wikia Search to be shut down
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    Wikia Search to be shut down

    By 31 March 2009

    Wikia Search, the search engine from Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales' Wikia.com online properties is to close down, Wales has revealed in a blog post. "If there is one thing that I've learnt in my career, it is to do more of what's working, and less of...

  • Primary school kids to be taught to Twitter
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    Primary school kids to be taught to Twitter

    By 25 March 2009

    Primary school children will soon be studying Twitter if draft plans drawn up by the government to overhaul the primary school curriculum get the go ahead. Rather than learning about the Victorians or WW2, kids will be taught about blogging, podcasts,...

  • Wikipedia books now available in English
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    Wikipedia books now available in English

    By 27 February 2009

    Last year, Wikipedia announced a partnership with PediaPress in Germany that would allow people to put together their own printed version of a Wikipedia encyclopaedia, including articles of their choice. Now, the wiki-to-print version has been activated...

  • Encyclopedia Britannica opens to edits from the public
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    Encyclopedia Britannica opens to edits from the public

    By 22 January 2009

    In order to better compete with Wikipedia, one of the top ten most visited sites in the world, the Encyclopedia Britannica is to open its online version up to edits from the public. The new user-generated content, rolling out now on the encyclopedia's...

  • Google announces 100,000th knol
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    Google announces 100,000th knol

    By 19 January 2009

    Google has announced that it has published its 100,000th knol through its Wikipedia-rivalling Knol project. Launched in July last year, Knol sees "knols", authoritative articles about specific topics, written by those in the know with edit suggestions...

  • Wikipedia hits 2009 funding target
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    Wikipedia hits 2009 funding target

    By 2 January 2009

    Good news for fans and users of online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, as it's been revealed that the site has raised enough cash to keep going next year. There were doubts that Wikipedia was going to to reach the $6 million required to run the online resource,...

  • IWF backs down over flagged Wikipedia image
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    IWF backs down over flagged Wikipedia image

    By 10 December 2008

    The IWF has formally withdrawn its objection to the Wikipedia page that it had described as "potential illegal child sexual abuse". The contentious page contained a image of German rock band The Scorpion's album cover for "Virgin Killer" that depicted...

  • Wiki boss speaks out over IWF child porn ban
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    Wiki boss speaks out over IWF child porn ban

    By 9 December 2008

    Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is considering a court challenge against decision to block access to part of the site in the UK. As we previously reported, British ISP providers had blocked access to the page covering the The Scorpion's "Virgin Killer"...

  • ISPs block Wikipedia for indecent pic
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    ISPs block Wikipedia for indecent pic

    By 8 December 2008

    British ISPs are blocking access to parts of Wikipedia said to be showing an image of child pornography. The page that has caused the censorship is Wiki's entry on an album from rock band The Scorpions, called "Virgin Killer", that has an image of a young,...

  • Wikipedia to make editing easier
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    Wikipedia to make editing easier

    By 4 December 2008

    Wikipedia is to make changes to the site's editing process, in order to try and entice more users to get involved. The online encyclopedia is apparently concerned that many would-be contributors are being scared away by the HTML coding that is presented...

  • 60% of Pocket-lint readers trust Wikipedia
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    60% of Pocket-lint readers trust Wikipedia

    By 4 August 2008

    In our latest Pocket-lint reader poll we asked if you trusted Wikipedia. It seems 60% of you do trust the the free online encyclopedia, while 40% are wary of info the site that anyone can edit. Wikipedia was founded in 2001 and is made up of online wikis,...

  • eMusic adds content from YouTube, Flickr and Wikipedia
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    eMusic adds content from YouTube, Flickr and Wikipedia

    By 24 July 2008

    eMusic has rehauled its website adding support for social networking websites including Facebook, as well as access to content from Flickr, Wikipedia and YouTube. "A host of new Web 2.0 features will offer eMusic customers more musical context than any...

  • Google's Wiki-rival Knol launches
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    Google's Wiki-rival Knol launches

    By 24 July 2008

    Google has now launched its Wikipedia rival, Knol, making the beta site available to everyone. Similar to the infamous online encyclopedia, "knols" are authoritative articles about specific topics, written by people who know about those subjects. With...

  • Wikipedia going into print
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    Wikipedia going into print

    By 23 April 2008

    Online encyclopedia that anyone can edit Wikipedia, is going into print as a hardcopy book. German publishing giant Bertelsmann has announced it plans to publish the world's first reference book based on entries from the website. The 20 euro (with 1 euro...

  • Wikipedia hits 10 million articles milestone
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    Wikipedia hits 10 million articles milestone

    By 31 March 2008

    Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, has just passed a big milestone with the addition of the 10 millionth article across 253 languages. Wikipedia, which was launched in January 2001, apparently now boasts a combined total of over 1.74 billion words...

  • Wikipedia receives record donation
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    Wikipedia receives record donation

    By 26 March 2008

    Wikipedia has revealed that the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is awarding $3 million to the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organisation which operates the site - the "world's largest and most popular encyclopedia". The Foundation says the money will...

  • Wikipedia boss accused of accepting "donation" to edit
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    Wikipedia boss accused of accepting "donation" to edit

    By 12 March 2008

    Last week, it was a former employee making accusations about his spending habits, today Jimmy Wales is facing yet another attack over the implication is that he accepted a "donation" to edit a Wikipedia entry. Former Novell chief scientist Jeffrey Merkey...

  • Wikipedia boss slammed for expense claims
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    Wikipedia boss slammed for expense claims

    By 6 March 2008

    It's not been a good week for Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales. Not only has his break-up with his girlfriend been splashed all over the papers, but now a former member of his staff has hit out at its spending habits. Danny Wool has gone to the press...

  • YouTube is Brits' fave
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    YouTube is Brits' fave

    By 6 March 2008

    Brits love YouTube, according to new figures from analysts Nielsen Online. The video sharing site has knocked Wikipedia off its top spot on the UK hit-list, winning 10.4m visitors in January alone. This is a 56% increase in traffic from January the previous...

  • Dept of Health banned from Wikipedia
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    Dept of Health banned from Wikipedia

    By 3 March 2008

    The Department of Health has been banned from Wikipedia for making too many edits - 1500 Wikipedia amends between 22 August 2005 and 3 August 2007. "Wikipedia has blocked the Department's IP address for creating or amending entries", Labour minister of...

  • Macworld2008: Steve Jobs keynote speech leaked?
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    Macworld2008: Steve Jobs keynote speech leaked?

    By 14 January 2008

    We're used to seeing the online tech world go crazy with rumours and speculation in the days before Macworld, but this year a new element has been introduced to the mix. Steve Jobs' keynote speech, that he is due to make on stage at the Moscone Centre...

  • Wikia Search has officially launched
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    Wikia Search has officially launched

    By 7 January 2008

    The Wikia Search project, which is now live and can be found at http://www.wikia.com/, officially launched in alpha form on Monday 7 January following a brief private testing period. In addition to executing basic search queries, users can also do traditional...

  • Wikia search engine launch confirmed
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    Wikia search engine launch confirmed

    By 4 January 2008

    The launch of a search engine to rival Google is set for 7th January, according to online reports. Details about Wikia Search, designed by the same team as the Wikipedia online encyclopedia, first appeared in the news in 2006. However, it seems that the...

  • Google announces Wikipedia-rivaling "knol" scheme
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    Google announces Wikipedia-rivaling "knol" scheme

    By 14 December 2007

    Via its official blog, Google has announced it is to launch a strong rival to the world's free online encyclopedia, Wikipedia.org. The new service from Google, to be called "knol" - which apparently stands for a unit of knowledge - is to be a free tool...