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Wales: Let's ban Gibraltar-crazy Wikipedians for 5 years

You could be forgiven for thinking the front-page of Wikipedia is sponsored by the Gibraltar Tourist Board, with the territory given the kind of product placement large corporations can only dream of. Now Wikipedia's self-styled "spiritual leader" Jimmy Wales has publicly stated that he wants the Wikipedians' curious enthusiasm …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Oct 2012
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Wikipedia boss Jimmy Wales marries Kate Garvey

Our congratulations to Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, who married Kate Garvey in London yesterday. Among the guests were former Prime Minister Tony Blair and wife Cherie, and A-list politicians drawn from the new Labour elite, including former Cabinet secretaries Lord Mandelson, David Miliband and James Purnell. …
Drew Cullen, 7 Oct 2012
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Wales: We'll encrypt Wikipedia if reborn gov net-snoop plan goes live

Jimmy Wales, talking in a purely personal capacity, has lambasted Britain's Home Office for its plans to massively increase online surveillance of all UK citizens. The Maximum Leader says that such a draconian measure would prevent him from plonking Wikipedia servers on Blighty's soil. Talking in Westminster last night to a …
Kelly Fiveash, 6 Sep 2012

Jimbo Wales: Wikipedia servers in UK? No way, not with YOUR libel law

Jimmy Wales has claimed that he couldn't have founded Wikipedia in the UK because the nation's libel law adds unpredictability and "friction" to hosting the world's largest unreliable collection of factoids. It's an echo of the notorious claim made by Prime Minister David Cameron that Google could not have started out in the …
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69,000 sign petition to save TV-linker O'Dwyer from US extradition

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has got over 69,000 signatures on a petition to save a 24-year-old Briton from extradition to the US. Wales wants British Home Secretary Theresa May to save the youngster from being sent to the US, where authorities want to try him for copyright infringement. The Wiki-daddy sees the plight of O' …
Anna Leach, 27 Jun 2012
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Cops should help us slay trolls, says Facebook wonk

LCC Police forces need to be better equipped to deal cybercrime and online misbehaviour, a couple of web grandees have declared. Lord Richard Allan, director of European policy for Facebook, said that firms providing services online had some ways to tackle bad behaviour on their websites, but needed a hand from law enforcement. “ …
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Jimbo Wales exiles 'porn' from Wikiland

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales has launched a sweeping crusade against "pornographic images" hosted on the Wikimedia Commons, sparking the deletion of hundreds of images that "appeal solely to prurient interests." Deleted files include photographs as well as graphics of genitalia and sexual acts, and they span …
Cade Metz, 9 May 2010
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Google gifts Wiki millions

Google is giving the Wikimedia Foundation a $2m donation, meaning the online fact dump can continue to serve up instant research to hard-pressed college students and broadcast researchers. There's no official announcement but Jimmy Wales and Mitch Kapor, also on the board, spilt the beans on Twitter. The Foundation funds …
John Oates, 17 Feb 2010
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Wikipedia's founder gets €10K coolness credit

Jimmy Wales can add "Nokia Foundation scholarship" winner to his list of achievements, having received €10,000 for his sterling work as Maximum Leader of the Wiki. The award was made to Jimmy on the basis of his "unique contribution to accelerating online collaboration... effectively democratizing information sharing" …
Bill Ray, 5 Nov 2009
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Prime Minister out-nonsensed by Conservative Wikifiddler

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales still hopes to equip his free online encyclopedia with its very own nonsense filter. But at the moment, the Wikinonsense is alive and well. Earlier today, the BBC reports, the UK Conservative party admitted that a member of its staff had changed a Wikipedia entry in an apparent attempt …
Cade Metz, 11 Feb 2009
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Wikimedia taps mystery sugardaddy for advisory board

The Wikimedia Foundation has named its conspicuously controversial sugardaddy to its board of advisors. This morning, the non-for-profit behind Wikipedia announced the appointment of Roger McNamee, the man who runs Elevation Partners, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm whose partners include U2 frontman Bono. …
Cade Metz, 14 Jan 2009
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Wikipedia exceeds $6m donation goal

A personal plea for cash by Wikipedia's founder, Jimmy Wales, has melted enough hearts to keep the ubiquitous online encyclopedia running for another fiscal year – and then some. The Wikimedia Foundation announced today that it's raised more than $6.2m since launching a fund-raising campaign in early November. The website …
Austin Modine, 2 Jan 2009
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Wikia layoffs ground Jimbo's imaginary jet

Sad news for Jimbo Wales: He may not get that personal jet. Back in February, when Wikipedia's self-styled Spiritual Leader used his free online encyclopedia to seduce an overzealous eBay user, he confessed the true motivation behind his for-profit Wikia venture. A day before she perused his Willypedia, Wales told onetime Fox …
Cade Metz, 21 Oct 2008
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Wikimadness XVII: The Return of Byrne

We spoke too soon. The web's longest running farce is alive and well. Earlier this summer, it seemed we had finally seen the end of the epic squabble pitting the CEO of against Jimmy Wales and the cult of Wikipedia. But as it turns out, more fun was on the way. Three and a half years after Overstock boss Patrick …
Cade Metz, 11 Aug 2008
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Anthrax 'rogue scientist' also Wikipedia cult member

Bruce Ivins, the deceased US government bioscientist accused of perpetrating the infamous 2001 anthrax mailings, was also a closet member of the online cult known as Wikipedia. Under the name Jimmyflathead, Ivins spent several years obsessively editing Wikipedia's article on the American college sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma. A …
Cade Metz, 7 Aug 2008
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Wikipedia kills Greatest Show On Earth

The curtain has dropped on the web's longest running farce. Or so it seems. Back in December, we told you the tale of an epic online spat pitting the cult of Wikipedia against the quixotic CEO of It had everything from conspiracy theories to tabloid UFOs. There was sockpuppeting, spyware, and a cover up of …
Cade Metz, 6 Jun 2008
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Jimmy Wales to chair World Economic Forum on the Middle East

Jimmy Wales is set to co-chair the annual World Economic Forum on the Middle East, an event billed as "the foremost global gathering of political, business and cultural leaders." The Wikipedia co-founder will chair the event alongside Khalid Abdulla-Janahi, chairman of Bahrain's Ithmaar Bank; Mohammed Alshaya, executive …
Cade Metz, 8 Apr 2008
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Why would someone toss $1.35m at Wikipedia?

Updated There's little doubt that anyone with the time and the inclination can overhaul at least a few Wikipedia entries to suit their personal ambitions. All they need is the right friends. Or a little pillow talk. The question is, could someone overhaul the entire encyclopedia? Over the past two years, one man has donated or "lined …
Cade Metz, 18 Mar 2008

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