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  • Wikipedia dodges critical vulnerability that could have let attackers take over

    The possibility of Wikipedia being taken over by attackers was just foiled by quick action on the part of Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that operates Wikipedia, with the help of Check Point, the security firm that discovered the critical security hole in its code.

  • Wikimedia is liable for contents of Wikipedia articles, German court rules

    The Wikimedia Foundation is liable for the contents of Wikipedia articles but does not have to fact check the contents before they are published, the Higher Regional Court of Stuttgart ruled, a spokesman said Wednesday.

  • Wikipedia bans 250 accounts on pay-for-article concerns

    Amid news reports of groups paying users to write Wikipedia entries, the online encyclopedia has blocked or banned more than 250 accounts, the site announced Monday.

  • Nominations open for Internet Hall of Fame Class of 2014

    The nomination process has opened for the Internet Hall of Fame's Class of 2014, which will honor visionaries, innovators and leaders from around the world.

  • Google upgrades mobile search

    Google is moving to keep up with its mobile users, updating search on devices this week.

  • Bing weaves more Facebook, Twitter data into search results

    Bing is incorporating more information from outside social networks such as Facebook and Twitter into how it displays search results involving people.

  • Wikipedia may face disruptions as it is migrated to Virginia data center

    Online encyclopedia Wikipedia may encounter service disruptions as it is migrated to servers at a data center in Ashburn, Virginia.

  • 'The Hobbit 2.0' -- How mobile technology would improve J. R. R. Tolkien's famous work

    "The Hobbit," J.R.R. Tolkien's famous story of which the movie version opens Dec. 14, was first published in 1937. The world of Middle Earth was set in an indeterminate time, but looked remarkably like an idealized early 19th-century England, though well-stocked with wizards, dwarfs, elves, dragons, trolls, goblins and of course hobbits. But techwise, it was, and is, the Stone Age of Middle Dearth.

  • GoDaddy pulls its support from SOPA

    Giant domain name registrar GoDaddy.com has pulled its support from the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act after owners of several websites announced they would take their business elsewhere.

  • Wikipedia hides Italian language edition to protest new law

    Wikipedia said it was hiding the Italian edition of the online encyclopedia to protest against a proposed new rule in the country, that will require websites to publish corrections within 48 hours of content being found objectionable, without review.

  • Wikipedia Aiming For More Contributors

    Online encyclopedia Wikipedia isn't in danger of dying, but an extra dose of contributors would give it a much-needed shot in the arm.

  • The 10 biggest hoaxes in Wikipedia's first 10 years

    Wikipedia will celebrate its 10th birthday on Saturday, with founder Jimmy Wales having built the site from nothing to one of the most influential destinations on the Internet. Wikipedia's goal may be to compile the sum total of all human knowledge, but it's also, perhaps, the best tool in existence for perpetuating Internet hoaxes. Let's take a look at the 10 biggest hoaxes in Wikipedia's history. (Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments).

  • Wikidroid for Wikipedia

    Want access to the world's most popular encyclopedia -- wherever you are? Then get Wikidroid (free), which does an excellent job of putting the power of Wikipedia on your Android phone. You'll get full Wikipedia content, including live links and graphics, so you won't be giving up anything when you access it this way.

  • Wikipedia in your pocket

    Many people are dismissive of Wikipedia. For example, back in 2005, as quoted in the Ideas in Action blog, Robert McHenry, a former editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia Britannica, argued: "Many revisions, corrections, and updates are badly done or false. There is a simple reason for this: Not everyone who believes he knows something about Topic X actually does; and not everyone who believes he can explain Topic X clearly, can."

  • Wikipedia upgrades layout, features

    The Wikimedia Foundation has started rolling out a new look and upgraded functionality for Wikipedia that will be applied to all of the online encyclopedia's language versions over the coming weeks.

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