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Wikimedia boss scoops $100,000 payrise – after stepping down

The former head of the charity that collects and dispenses cash from Wikipedia’s fundraising secured a pay rise worth almost 50 per cent – after she stepped down as chief executive. The details only emerged after the US-headquartered Wikimedia Foundation released its 990 tax form for 2014-15. Gardner joined the WMF in …
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Wikipedia to go all HTTPS, all the time

The Wikimedia Foundation has decided the time is right to implement HTTPS on all its projects, for all users, all the time. It's been possible to access the Foundation's works – notably Wikipedia – with HTTPs for a while if you're willing to jump through some hoops. The Foundation's now decided to go all-HTTPs, all the time, …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jun 2015

Wikipedia insists paid editors reveal their bits in public

The Wikimedia Foundation has changed its terms of use to insist that anyone paid to edit Wikipedia articles discloses their affiliation Section 4 of the terms of use, Refraining from Certain Activities, now includes a sub-section titled “Paid contributions without disclosure” that includes the following language: “ … you …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jun 2014
Wikipedia's new mobile editor

Wikipedia switches on mobile editing

The Wikimedia Foundation has flicked the switch on its mobile editing feature, allowing anyone with an account to edit Wikipedia articles on just about any mobile device capable of rendering HTML. The Foundation's aim is not to help you fill time during your commute. Instead, it says the new feature's been developed because it …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jul 2013

Wikimedia edges closer to banishing Wikitext

Wikimedia's planned visual editor, a tool that will make it possible to pen Wikipedia entries without having to learn any markup language, will emerge as a beta “early July”. The new tool was first made available in Alpha status to select users since December 2012, before all registered users were offered the chance to play in …

Wikipedia to TXT articles to the developing world

Wikipedia will shortly become available to readers in the developing world as text messages. Writing on the blog of the The John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, the Wikimedia Foundation's head of mobile and business development Kul Takanao Wadhwa said “We’re very excited about delivering Wikipedia via text, which we expect to …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Feb 2013
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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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Wikifounder reports Wikiparent to FBI over 'child porn'

Updated Update: This story has been updated to show that Larry Sanger now says that the images in question do not depict real people and to include additional legal clarification. And it was later updated a second time with additional clarification about federal law 18USC 2258A, which requires electronic service providers to notify the …
Cade Metz, 9 Apr 2010
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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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Wikimedia Foundation muzzles Wikinews

Wikinews - like its sister site, Wikipedia - bills itself as a place without bias. Ostensibly, it's a democratic news source that never answers to a higher power. But that's just a setup for the latest act in the world's greatest online farce. In recent weeks, the Wikimedia Foundation - the not-for-profit that operates …
Cade Metz, 20 May 2008
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Microsoft denies Zune copyright cop

Innovation '08 Microsoft’s senior policy counsel for copyright and trademark has firmly denied that Redmond will slip its very own copyright cop into the Zune music player. But he acknowledges the company is particularly sympathetic to the copyright battles of music labels and other publishers. Last week, a New York Times blog reported that …
Cade Metz, 12 May 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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Why you should care that Jimmy Wales ignores reality

Comment Even if the colonel were disobeying a Twenty-seventh Air Force order by making you fly more missions, you'd still have to fly them, or you'd be guilty of disobeying an order of his. And then the Twenty-seventh Air Force Headquarters would really jump on you. - Catch-22 Late last year, in the wake of our story on Wikipedia, …
Cade Metz, 6 Mar 2008
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Wikipedia COO was convicted felon

Exclusive For more than six months, beginning in January of this year, Wikipedia's million-dollar check book was balanced by a convicted felon. When Carolyn Bothwell Doran was hired as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Florida-based Wikimedia Foundation, she had a criminal record in three other states - Virginia, Maryland, and …
Cade Metz, 13 Dec 2007
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Secret mailing list rocks Wikipedia

Exclusive On the surface, all is well in Wikiland. Just last week, a headline from The San Francisco Chronicle told the world that "Wikipedia's Future Is Still Looking Up," as the paper happily announced that founder Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales plans to expand his operation with a high-profile move to the city by the bay. But underneath, there's …
Cade Metz, 4 Dec 2007

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