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Cut fiber-optic cables put Wikipedia offline last night

Cut fiber-optic cables put Wikipedia offline last night

Wikipedia has been around for a long time been and is one of the most popular places for people to learn about all sorts of subject matters. While the content is suspect at times, Wikipedia is generally a friend of students and anyone else searching out information on a particular topic. Last night Wikipedia was off-line for several hours, and the reason for the outage is now known.

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Facebook reaches new satisfaction low while stock dips

Facebook reaches new satisfaction low while stock dips

This week is not a fabulous one for Facebook as its stock price dipped to nearly the lowest price its been since the company's IPO and a customer satisfaction analysis placed it amongst the 5 lowest major social networks on the web. As the ACSI notes, this year's study collected information from users of Internet Social Media outlets such as Wikipedia, Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook showed the recently public web-based network to be at the bottom of the list for customer satisfaction. Satisfaction was recorded at 61 percent for Facebook, this 2 points below the next lowest score, 63 percent for LinkedIn.

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Wikipedia founder blasts “moguls of Hollywood” over copyright extradition

Wikipedia founder blasts “moguls of Hollywood” over copyright extradition

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has joined a high-profile campaign protesting against copyright law, branding US attempts to extradite a UK student accused of infringement "censorship." Wales began a Change.org petition calling for the UK Home Secretary to step in and prevent the extradition, which he describes as America "trying to prosecute a UK citizen for an alleged crime which took place on UK soil."

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Wikipedia’s Wales takes stand on privacy and web freedom

Wikipedia’s Wales takes stand on privacy and web freedom

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has spoken out on privacy, online lobbying and social media, taking hypocritical employers to task and predicting that internet pay-walls will actually improve journalism today. Speaking as part of the New Thinkers Index - a Microsoft Advertising-led project - Wales laid out his top five predictions for the future of social media, arguing that online lobbying such as seen over SOPA will increasingly force politicians and lawmakers to be accountable.

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Wolfram Alpha Pro revealed, seeks to end wiki-ness

Wolfram Alpha Pro revealed, seeks to end wiki-ness

It appears that Wolfram Alpha is bringing the fury to the student base of the world with no less than a pay-per-month service that amps their already powerful question and answer service up to an equitable level for professionals. While Wikipedia may be, sadly enough, one of the main knowledge wells in the world right now for students hoping to get their answers to questions quick, Wolfram Alpha brings the curated non-crowd-sourced knowledge vault to your browser window and your Siri on the daily. As Wolfram Alpha already powers a free service and works with the iPhone 4S to provide you with Siri's go-to resource for data, they bring a $4.95 a month (or $2.99 for students) service to the market today with abilities above and beyond what they've offered in the past.

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Wikipedia to be first Data Free mobile website on Earth

Wikipedia to be first Data Free mobile website on Earth

When the term Data Free comes up on your news readers and in the newspapers in the coming months, you'll know that it started here, and with Wikipedia and Orange, who together will be offering free - that is, without data charges - use of Wikipedia's vast knowledge archive. What this means for the future of the mobile industry is this: the door has been opened to free data, or at least that's what Wikipedia is aiming at through mobile users in Africa and the Middle East soon. Orange and the Wikimedia Foundation have announced in a press release today that they are aiming to make their store of information available for free to those who need it, those who otherwise would have no such simple access to the information you and I take for granted.

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Lawmakers sway post-SOPA/PIPA protest but Acts still have venom

Lawmakers sway post-SOPA/PIPA protest but Acts still have venom

Wikipedia is back, Google has taken off its blindfold and US Representatives have danced, shuffled and snuck across the aisles as the whip counts waver, leaving the future of SOPA and PIPA uncertain. After online protests against the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act saw multiple sites post call-to-arms messages or black-out altogether, at least seven senators have jumped ship from supporting the proposed legislation. Yet Wikipedia - and others - highlight the fight isn't over; "we're not done yet" the online encyclopedia ominously warned today.

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Wikipedia anti-SOPA blackout underway

Wikipedia anti-SOPA blackout underway

Wikipedia has entered a twenty-four hour blackout in protest of SOPA and PIPA, the US anti-piracy acts currently giving free-internet advocates headaches. Visit any English-language Wikipedia page and instead of a crowd-sourced entry you'll be prompted to "Imagine a world without free knowledge" as well as offered links to spread the message. Meanwhile, Google has opened up some of its historically whitespace homepage for an anti-SOPA call to arms, while other sites prepare to go dark.

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SOPA to be resurrected after blackout protests

SOPA to be resurrected after blackout protests

With growing opposition against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), an imminent blackout protest to kick off tomorrow, and a postponed vote on the legislation, it seemed as though SOPA was close to being dead. But that's not the case, reminds the legislation's creator and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith. In a press release today, Smith said he expects the committee to continue marking up the bill in February.

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Wikipedia blackout a “broad global message” about SOPA/PIPA peril says Wales

Wikipedia blackout a “broad global message” about SOPA/PIPA peril says Wales

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has defended the online encyclopedia's decision to stage a global blackout in protest of SOPA and PIPA this week, arguing "US law, as it impacts the internet, can affect everyone." Wales hopes the blackout - which will see the English-language version of Wikipedia replaced with an open letter encouraging US citizens to contact their Representatives and voice their concerns with the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect Intellectual Property Act - will prompt even those outside of the US to contact friends and family living there and encourage them to speak up on the proposed legislation, he told the Telegraph, as "a broad global message" about censorship.

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