Wikipedia

  • Monkey, or any other animal, that takes a selfie does not own the copyright of the photo, rules US Copyright Office August 22, 2014

    The US Copyright Office has confirmed that a monkey - or any other animal - that takes a selfie does not own the copyright of the photo. A selfie taken by a black macaque on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi three years back has become a tug of war between Wikipedia...
  • Nitish Kumar launches Bihar on Wikipedia campaign August 16, 2014

    JD(U) leader and former Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday launched the 'Bihar on Wikipedia' campaign to "strengthen Brand Bihar". "We know much about Bihar's golden history, culture, great personalities, traditions and astonishing stories, but the world connected to the Internet doesn't. We are launching the 'Bihar on Wikipedia' campaign for...
  • Wikipedia trusted over mainstream news by British people! August 11, 2014

    London: British people trust Wikipedia more than the mainstream media, the information site's founder Jimmy Wales said Sunday, at the close of a three-day conference of the Wikimedia movement in London. A YouGov poll of almost 2,000 British adults found 64 percent trust the authors of Wikipedia entries to tell the...
  • Wikipedia refuses to remove a selfie clicked by a black macaque saying the monkey and not the photographer owns the copyright August 7, 2014

    A selfie taken by a black macaque on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi three years back has become a tug of war between Wikipedia and the photographer who claims he is the owner of the selfie. Wikipedia has refused to remove the famous selfie, saying the monkey - and not the...
  • Right to be 'forgotten' is creating 'memory holes' in the Internet: Wikipedia August 7, 2014

    Washington: The foundation which operates the Wikipedia information website said on Wednesday an EU court ruling on the right to be "forgotten" is creating "memory holes" in the Internet. The ruling "is undermining the world's ability to freely access accurate and verifiable records about individuals and events," said Lila Tretikov, executive...
  • Wikipedia bans US Congress IP address from making 'disruptive' edits July 28, 2014

    Washington: Wikipedia has blocked editing rights from some computers at the US House of Representatives ins response to "disruptive" revisions of the online encyclopaedia. A 10-day ban imposed Thursday blocked any editing from an IP address at the US Capitol, which is shared among a number of computers. "You have been blocked...
  • EC issues instructions on the use of social media in elections October 25, 2013

    New Delhi: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has issued instructions on the use of Social Media by political parties in the coming election to five state assemblies. A press release from the ECI said: The Commission's attention was drawn to use of social media for election campaigning and also...
  • Little-known Hollywood investor Suhail Rizvi poised to score with Twitter IPO October 5, 2013

    Los Angles/ San Francisco: When Twitter goes public in coming weeks, one of the biggest winners will be a 47-year-old financier who guards his secrecy so zealously that he employs a person to take down his Wikipedia entry and scrub his picture from the Internet. Over the past two years, Suhail...
  • Google fast replacing grandparents as 'advice guru' February 28, 2013

    London: Modern-day kids are increasingly turning to the Internet to solve queries about simple chores rather than seeking advice from their experienced grandparents, a new UK survey has claimed. Older generations are being replaced by Google, Wikipedia and YouTube, with their grandchildren searching online to solve queries about basic chores,...
  • Hoax article on India-Portugal clash fools Wikipedia for 5 yrs January 7, 2013

    London: A red-faced Wikipedia has removed an article from its site detailing the 17th century 'Bicholim Conflict' - a clash between Portugal and India's Maratha Empire - after it emerged that such a war never occurred, and the piece and references included were entirely fictional. After five years of featuring...
  • Now, registered users can upload videos on Wikipedia November 10, 2012

    Moscow: Wikipedia, the world's largest online encyclopedia, has launched a new project enabling registered users to post videos, according to the portal's press service. "A new video player has been enabled on Wikipedia and its sister sites, and it comes with the promise of bringing free educational videos to more people,...
  • Watch: 'Human Wikipedia' Steve Ellison in action! November 5, 2012

    Meet Steve Ellison who is called the Human Wikipedia for remembering the birth and death year of any famous person in history. Watch how he parries questions with strangers quizzing him about his 'gift'. ...
  • Russian Wikipedia protests censorship plans July 10, 2012

    Moscow: The Russian version of Wikipedia, the world's largest free online encyclopaedia, temporarily suspended work Tuesday protesting a bill that proposes a unified digital blacklist of all websites containing banned content. The draft legislation has been criticised by civil rights activists and internet providers as an attempt to introduce censorship of...
  • Wikipedia founder: Public needs online references March 28, 2012

    Nigeria: The man who helped create the online reference Wikipedia said that the end of Encyclopaedia Britannica's print run shows the world's growing reliance on the Internet as a base for knowledge. Jimmy Wales' first visit to Nigeria also highlighted the growth of other languages besides English on Wikipedia, particularly the...
  • Wikipedia gets $20 mn in annual fundraising drive January 4, 2012

    San Francisco: Wikipedia has raised $20 million in its annual plea for donations to help expand and improve the Internet's leading encyclopedia. More than 1 million people throughout the world contributed the money during a 46-day fundraising drive, which concluded Sunday. The amount pledged to the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit group...
  • Google's Brin donates $500,000 to Wikipedia November 20, 2011

    Moscow: The co-founder of Google, Sergei Brin, has donated $500,000 to Wikipedia's foundation, Wikimedia, the foundation said on its web site Saturday. Brin granted $500,000 from The Brin Wojcicki Foundation, the charity fund run by him and his wife, Anne Wojcicki, reported RIA Novosti. The money however will not cover all...
  • Anna known around the world: Wikipedia Co-founder November 19, 2011

    Jimmy Wales said he supports the idea that corruption in the government is something we have to take seriously. ...
  • Wikipedia has big plans for India: Co-founder November 19, 2011

    Mumbai: When looking for a one stop source of information on virtually anything under the sun, more often than not people turn to Wikipedia, a site on which ordinary people who are armed with simple internet access can update information as it happens when it happens. Co-founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales,...
  • Wikipedia focusing on India this year November 7, 2011

    Doha: One of the world's most popular websites Wikipedia has turned its focus on India this year, and is working to reach out to people in the country as part of its expansion plans. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said that the free Internet encyclopedia has a bunch of people on...
  • Wikipedia to focus on India this year: Founder November 6, 2011

    Doha: One of the world's most popular websites Wikipedia has turned its focus on India this year, and is working to reach out to people in the country as part of its expansion plans. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said that the free Internet encyclopedia has a bunch of people on...
  • Wikipedia says it's losing contributors August 5, 2011

    Haifa, Israel: Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia that is written entirely by volunteers and allows anyone to edit its entries, is losing contributors, its founder complained Thursday. Speaking with The Associated Press on the sidelines of the website's annual conference, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said the nonprofit company that runs the site...
  • 10 lesser known facts about Wikipedia January 15, 2011

    New Delhi: Whenever we want to know something about something we log on to Wikipedia. Even though the information is not always correct, the online encyclopaedia manages to, more often than not, quench our thirst for knowledge. On Wikipedia's 10th anniversary I dug through Wikipedia and its associated websites to...
  • Wikimedia India Chapter takes shape January 15, 2011

    Bangalore: Wikimedia India Chapter, an independent organisation that will support and promote Wikimedia, a collaborative project of Wikipedia, the world's free online encyclopaedia, has been formally established here. The setting up of the organisation, the first in the Indian subcontinent and the 29th Wikimedia chapter to be established the world over,...
  • 'Wikipedia's biggest impact yet to come' January 15, 2011

    London: Wikipedia's impact on the world has yet to peak as the open online encyclopaedia aims to double its reach, mainly through expansion in developing countries, founder Jimmy Wales told Reuters. Wikipedia already has about 400 million users and is in the top 10 most popular websites in the world. It...
  • Top 10: Most viewed Wikipedia articles January 14, 2011

    With 365 million readers and 17 million articles Wikipedia is the eighth most visited website in the world. On January 15, 2011 the world's largest online general reference work completes a decade of its existence. The monthly page views of popular Wikipedia articles run into millions, a figure other mainstream...
  • Wikipedia set to open first overseas office in India January 13, 2011

    New York: Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia, is set to open its first overseas office outside of the United States in India, which will focus on expanding its database in Hindi and all other official languages of the country. India was chosen because of its large population and increasing number of people...
  • On 10th anniversary, Wikipedia seeks women editors January 13, 2011

    New York: Wikipedia, the online trove of assorted facts and trivia, is trying to be more well-rounded. As the encyclopaedia nears its 10th birthday on Saturday, its leaders are seeking a more diverse group of editors - specifically, women, people in developing countries and people with expertise in assorted disciplines. Wikipedia is...
  • Wikipedia, 10 years old, targets India January 13, 2011

    New York: With China virtually cut off and Western markets maturing, Wikipedia is targeting India first and possibly Brazil next to reach its goal of 1 billion users, Executive Director Sue Gardner says. The San Francisco-based online encyclopaedia, which turns 10 years old on Saturday, also vows to reach that goal...
  • How Wikipedia wooed and won the world January 15, 2011

    Berlin: An encyclopaedia that anybody can help to write - whether a pupil or a professor? Encyclopaedia entries which are updated from one minute to the next? And all of that financed by reader donations? Ten years ago when online companies vanished almost as quickly as they appeared, nobody thought that...
  • Cuba launches Wikipedia-like online encyclopedia December 14, 2010

    Havana: Cuba has begun its own online encyclopedia, similar to Wikipedia, with the goal of presenting its version of the world and history. It describes its longtime ideological enemy, the United States, as "the empire of our time" and "the most powerful nation of all time." EcuRed (www.ecured.cu) will be launched officially...