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Wikipedia ends GoDaddy ties, completes transfer of domains

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See all of that gibberish? That is Wikipedia’s WHOIS record – which tells you who owns the domain, when does it expire and where it is hosted, etc. But this serves as proof for one thing – Wikipedia and all of its sister sites are no longer registered with GoDaddy. “After months of deliberation and a complicated transfer, the Wikimedia Foundation domain portfolio has been successfully transferred from GoDaddy to […]

Wikipedia to blackout for 24 hours in protest of SOPA and PIPA this Wednesday

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This is absolutely insane. For a few days Reddit has been making news for their 12 hour blackout on Wednesday in protest of SOPA/PIPA. Meanwhile, Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, has been planning a much more drastic and mainstream protest for the controversial bill. From around 4-5PM (approximately) AEST on Wednesday 18th of January, Wikipedia will go down for 24 hours. And we should make this clear: For 24 […]

Wikipedia ponders total blackout ahead of SOPA

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Wikipedia could have a total “blackout” – by blanking out every single page in the online encyclopedia, even the 1 million pages in the English version – as a protest to the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act, which is heading to the US Senate. The bill, which is designed to safeguard intellectual property through controversial means needs to pass the Senate Judiciary Committee before it will head to the full […]

Updated: Wikipedia down because of power outage

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Wikipedia, along with the sites belonging to the Wikimedia Foundation, experienced a two hour outage, after a power outage happened at its Florida-based data center, according to Wikipedia. Overheating problems were initially reported to be the cause of the outage, similar to an incident that happened in March – which took the site down for more than a couple of hours.

Celeb tired of being called gay online, decides to sue

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If you search on Google, or any other search engine for that matter, for “Ron Livingston” (the guy on the right), you would be given his IMDB page, where it states he starred in Office Spaces and Sex and the City. Also, the second result would be his Wikipedia page, but it might be a tad bit inaccurate about his personal life. Livingston, tired of having his Wikipedia page being […]

Wikipedia admins unanimously vote to ban Scientology

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Starting today, user accounts made by the Church of Scientology, and IP addresses owned by the so-called church have been banned by Wikipedia – which strives to be a neutral place for information – after finding the Church of breaching several of its principles. While most of the votes passed unanimously, several of the members that were arbitrating the case abstained from voting on several decisions – and one, the […]

Wikipedia owner raises needed funds for operations until June

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The Wikimedia Foundation, known for being the operator of Wikipedia and the owner of the open-source software behind it MediaWiki, has announced that it has raised the necessary funds to operate the popular and free encyclopaedia until the end of June. Though asking for only $6 million; more than 125,000 have raised more than $6.2 million since July 1st. This is partly due to a personal letter made by founder […]

Google Maps gets overhaul – New Street View interface, Wikipedia articles and Photo metadata

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Google Maps has been given a overhaul, which includes a brand new interface on its popular-yet-controversial Street View service, new “Terrain” mode and allows you to get images and their Wikipedia articles of the places thanks to their metadata and locations (these can be found by the “More” link”. The new interface now puts Street View above the map, not overlaid in a speech bubble, and has brand new controls […]

Wales on Chaser…

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Jimmy Wales, the owner of Wikimedia Foundation, will appear in the next show in ABC’s The Chaser’s War on Everything. This is from TechCrunch. TechCrunch also have the questions… Spoiler Alert!!!