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Louise Matsakis / Wired:
Profile of the Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia project, which has 120+ volunteers rewriting articles on conspiracy theories and unscientific health info   —  SUSAN GERBIC SPENT her career photographing babies at a department store in Salinas, California, just 100 miles south of San Francisco.
Jul 27, 2018, 7:35 PMIn context
Sean Hollister / CNET:
Google says it got duck.com after buying video compression startup On2 in 2010, will now redirect domain to a page with links to DuckDuckGo, Wikipedia, and more   —  Google owns Duck.com, which has been driving rival search engine DuckDuckGo up the wall for over six years.
Jul 20, 2018, 9:15 PMIn context
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
San Francisco says it expects to issue permits for its 24-month electric scooter pilot program sometime in August, selecting from 12 applicants   —  You would think that Amazon, Reddit, Wikipedia and other highly popular websites would by now tell you that “password1” or “hunter2” is a terrible password — just terrible.
Jul 20, 2018, 9:40 AMIn context
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Wikipedia redirected all of its Italian, Spanish, and Polish pages to a statement protesting July 5 EU Parliament initial vote on changes to copyright law   —  Wikipedia's Italian and Spanish language versions have temporarily shut off access to their respective versions of the free online encyclopedia …
Jul 4, 2018, 4:00 PMIn context
Rhett Jones / Gizmodo:
Wikipedia Italy Blocks All Articles in Protest of EU's Ruinous Copyright Proposals   —  Last month, members of European Parliament voted to move forward with a sweeping overhaul of the European Union's copyright laws that critics say will impede the spread of news, kill memes, bolster tech giants, and stifle innovation.
Jul 3, 2018, 6:45 PMIn context
Katherine Maher / WIRED UK:
As tech firms like Facebook and Google lean more on Wikipedia to fight disinformation, Wikimedia Foundation says they should do more to support the site   —  If big tech companies are going to use Wikipedia as a resource, they should better support its important work, says the executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation
Jun 16, 2018, 6:05 PMIn context
Jason D. Rowley / Crunchbase News:
Wikia, co-founded by Jimmy Wales in 2004 and now best known for its Fandom platform, raises $106M in new equity funding, SEC filing shows   —  In the world of social media and community participation, wikis are a seemingly ideal way to build a knowledge base and share information.
Jun 1, 2018, 2:40 PMIn context
Corinne Ramey / Wall Street Journal:
A look at Wikipedia's Arbitration Committee, its own internal “Supreme Court” with 15 jurists, which adjudicates the most serious disputes arising on the site   —  Online committee called ArbCom tries to keep the peace at internet encyclopedia; 'I don't understand why passions run so high here.'
May 10, 2018, 3:10 AMIn context
Arielle Pardes / Wired:
Profile of “Terms of Service; Didn't Read”, launched in 2012, which crowdsources summaries of ToS and then rates them   —  MOST PEOPLE SPEND very little time thinking about the terms of service that govern life online.  The agreement appears in a flash, we affirm that …
Apr 19, 2018, 4:05 AMIn context
Facebook:
Facebook is rolling out an “About this article” button in the US, showing where an article's been shared, the publisher's Wikipedia entry, and related stories   —  By Taylor Hughes, Software Engineer; Jeff Smith, Product Designer; and Alex Leavitt, UX Researcher
Apr 3, 2018, 3:20 PMIn context

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