How we built a newspaper in 72 hours

Earlier this year, Impossible Labs was commissioned by Jimmy Wales, to try to come up with a platform that could help combat that problem. In 72 hours. “I could have raised money from Silicon Val

Wikipedia has been blocked in Turkey

Wikipedia, the online user-generated encyclopedia, has been blocked by the Turkish government. News of the blockage was first reported by the website Turkey Blocks, at around 1AM Eastern this morning

Craig Newmark puts $500K towards reducing harassment on Wikipedia

Craigslist founder Craig Newmark has donated half a million dollars towards Wikipedia's "Community health initiative," aimed at reducing harassment and vandalism on the site and improve the tools mode

Bots are waging passive-aggressive war on Wikipedia

Bots are a useful tool on Wikipedia: they identify and undo vandalism, add links and perform other tedious tasks set by their human masters. But even these automated helpers come into conflict, revert

To the Moon! Lunar XPRIZE team looks to send Wikipedia into space aboard homemade rover

Quick: you can send 20 gigabytes of data to the moon. What's it going to be? Time's up! Wikipedia? What a coincidence — that's what the Part-Time Scientists, a team working on a homegrown lunar r

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales blasts “deranged” companies editing their own pages

In a chat with Guy Kawasaki at South by Southwest, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales spoke out about self-interested parties editing their own pages on the Internet’s collaborative encyclopedia. “C

Crowdsourced project aims to add text-to-speech to Wikipedia

An open source project hopes to draw on crowdsourced contributions to make Wikipedia more accessible by adding text to speech synthesis that will enable users of the online encyclopedia to have portio

Wikipedia’s new iOS app focuses on discovery, personalization

Wikipedia today launched an upgraded version of its iOS application aimed at helping users better discover content matching their own interests, including both articles and images. In addition, the ap

App-Improvement AI And The Future Of Web Development

Artificial intelligence (AI) is permeating our lives -- just not in the ways we might have expected from reading sci-fi novels or watching robot apocalypse-themed movies. Instead of having live robots

13 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

This week, rumors swirled about the new Apple TV, Google changed its logo, Chrome killed Flash ads, and BB-8 scared our office dog. These are the stories to catch you up on this week's tech news.

Wikipedia Bans Hundreds Of “Black Hat” Paid Editors Who Created Promotional Pages On Its Site

Sometimes Wikipedia’s reliance on volunteers to craft its online content comes back to bite them. Case in point: this morning, the organization announced that editors on the English version of W

Russian Wikipedia Editors Weighing Options After Site Is Blacklisted In Russia

The Russian government has instructed all ISPs in the country to block Russian Wikipedia following their denied request to remove a post about preparing narcotics.

The Wikimedia Foundation Turns On HTTPS By Default Across All Sites, Including Wikipedia

The Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia and a number of other wiki-based projects, announced this morning that it’s now implementing HTTPS by default across all its sites in order to enc

Wikipedia’s New iOS App Sees An Improved Design, Adds Social Features With Shareable “Fact Cards”

The Wikimedia Foundation has been steadily rolling out updates to the Wikipedia mobile experience in recent months, and today that trend continues as the organization rolls out a brand-new iOS app.

Hoping To Engage More Readers, Wikipedia Rolls Out A Redesigned Mobile App

The Wikimedia Foundation is rolling out a new version of its Wikipedia mobile application beginning this afternoon, which offers an improved reading experience, better search and an image-centric desi

Wikipedia Picks Up $140,000 In Bitcoin Donations In One Week

In late July, Wikipedia announced that it would accept donations in bitcoin. In its first week of accepting bitcoin, Wikipedia racked up $140,000 in new funds, according to Coinbase, the service that

Web App WikiWand Raises $600,000 To Give Wikipedia A New Interface

WikiWand has raised $600,000 from angel investor Saar Wilf to give users of Wikipedia an attractive new interface for the popular site. Though Wikipedia is one of the ten most visited sites in the wor

Wikimedia Attacks Europe’s Right To Be Forgotten Ruling As Threat To Its Mission

The Wikimedia Foundation, the not-for-profit organization behind Wikipedia, has strongly condemned the recent right to be forgotten (rtbf) ruling in Europe, warning the requirement to allow private in

Wikipedia Revamps Its iOS App With Offline Access, Support For Editing While On The Go

Wikipedia has today made a significant update to its iOS application, which most noticeably features a cleaner, "distraction-free" design, as well as the ability to edit Wikipedia articles from your s

Wikipedia Now Accepts Bitcoin Donations With Coinbase

Wikipedia, the decentralized community-powered encyclopedia, is now accepting donations in bitcoin, the decentralized community-powered cryptocurrency. The Wikimedia Foundation partnered with Coinbase
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