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Wikimedia Foundation ruled liable for Wikipedia content via German court

Wikimedia Foundation ruled liable for Wikipedia content via German court

A German court has ruled that the Wikimedia Foundation is responsible for content contained in Wikipedia articles, which any third-party can alter. Though the Higher Regional Court of Stuttgart has held the foundation liable in its ruling, it does not require Wikimedia to fact-check articles before they are made live, which would have resulted in a substantial burden given the vast size of Wikipedia and relatively small size of the Foundation.

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Wikimedia and Internet Brands reach a settlement over Wikivoyage lawsuit

Wikimedia and Internet Brands reach a settlement over Wikivoyage lawsuit

The Wikimedia Foundation and Internet Brands(IB) has finally reached a settlement over the site, Wikivoyage. The two companies have been battling each other for several months now, and the battles have finally come to an end. The lawsuit began in September of 2012, when Internet Brands filed a lawsuit against two volunteers that worked on the Wikivoyage project. Internet Brands claimed that the two volunteers created an infringing website against Internet Brands's own Wikitravel website, and that they were deliberately trying to take users away from them.


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Encryption makes you an NSA target expert warns

Encryption makes you an NSA target expert warns

Following Edward Snowden's call for internet users to encrypt everything as a matter of course is likely to make you an even bigger target for the NSA, activist journalist Glenn Greenwald has warned, arguing that the stance inside the spying agency is that those protecting their data are inherently suspicious. "If you want to hide what you're saying from them" Greenwald said during a video appearance at SXSW this week, "it must mean that what you're saying is a bad thing," the former Guardian writer said the National Security Agency's assumptions.

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Wikipedia sets off on new path

Wikipedia sets off on new path

If you use the Internet, at one time or another, you've probably used Wikipedia even if you didn't realize it. For instance, if you ask Siri on your iPhone a question it often it pulls little tidbits of information from Wikipedia and other software platforms do the same thing. The problem with Wikipedia is that many of its entries are questionable and the staff of volunteers who maintain the site is on the decline.

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Wearables addictive and unstoppable says Google X’s Mary Lou Jepsen

Wearables addictive and unstoppable says Google X’s Mary Lou Jepsen

Wearable computing is an unstoppable, addictive force that could well step in to address neurodegenerative illnesses where medicine cannot, Google X's Mary Lou Jepsen says, though the display division chief refuses to be drawn on what her team is working on inside the clandestine lab. "It's coming. I don't think it's stoppable" Jepsen said of wearables like Google's Glass which she wore round her neck while speaking at MIT's EmTech conference on Thursday. However while it may be inescapable, Jepsen still can't tell us about her particular role in the future; "Sergey insists" on continued secrecy around her project, she explained, referring to Google X lab overseer and Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

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Skype Project Chess allegedly explored NSA access ahead of Microsoft buy

Skype Project Chess allegedly explored NSA access ahead of Microsoft buy

Skype allegedly developed a clandestine program dubbed Project Chass that investigated potential ways to increase government and law enforcement access to its VoIP calling service, years in advance of Microsoft's acquisition in 2011. Project Chess was formed while Skype had "sometimes contentious talks with the government over legal issues," insiders tell the NYTimes, with knowledge of the program limited to under a dozen within the firm.

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Wikipedia Nearby flags close-by curiosities on your smartphone

Wikipedia Nearby flags close-by curiosities on your smartphone

Wikipedia has launched its first location-based feature for mobile readers, Wikipedia Nearby, which pulls up articles related to your current position. Described as the learning equivalent of services like Yelp, which show nearby coffee shops and entertainment, Wikipedia Nearby sifts through historic sites, parks, museums, and other points of interest, and also allows the reader to add to them while on the move.

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Wikipedia app to gain watchlist feature, make it easier to monitor entries

Wikipedia app to gain watchlist feature, make it easier to monitor entries

Wikipedia relies on users to hold other users accountable, monitoring content for inaccuracies or problems and updating it as necessary. One such way to do this is watchlists, which users can use to keep an eye on their favorite articles, such as their area of expertise or hobby. This feature has been lacking for mobile users, but that ends with an update Wikimedia is rolling out this week.

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Facebook tops list of most-viewed Wikipedia articles in 2012

Facebook tops list of most-viewed Wikipedia articles in 2012

We turned to our old pal Wikipedia a lot this year, but judging from a list of the most-viewed Wikipedia articles in 2012 put together by Johan Gunnarsson, some of the pages we visited most might surprise you. Wikipedia doesn't rank its pages at the end of the year like so many other sites do, so Gunnarsson put the 100-entry list together by looking at the service's log files. The page users visited most in 2012? Facebook, by a pretty significant amount.

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