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[News] Wikimedia Helps Good Causes, MAFIAA Loses Again

  • Subject: [News] Wikimedia Helps Good Causes, MAFIAA Loses Again
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 14 Feb 2010 03:06:16 +0000
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Wikimedia donates servers to deserving non-profits.

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| Every year, Wikipedia usage goes upward, and 
| every year the technical folks working and 
| volunteering with Wikimedia have to plan, 
| purchase, and implement new servers to keep up 
| to the growing popularity of Wikipedia and its 
| sister projects.  With the advances in 
| computing, running 9 new application servers 
| this year took the load of 36 application 
| servers from 3 years ago.


Pubs win court battle over recorded music charges

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| Pubs, restaurants and hotels could share 
| Â20m in refunds after winning a court battle 
| over the charges they pay for playing 
| recorded music.
| The High Court upheld a ruling from a 
| copyright tribunal that the tariffs 
| introduced in 2005 were unfair. 



Wikimedia hires open-source veteran as CTO

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| The Wikimedia Foundation, publisher of
| Wikipedia and other online sites, has hired
| open-source veteran Danese Cooper as chief
| technology officer.


Wikipedia squeezed onto a single CD

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| A South American group has managed to
| shrink virtually the full content of
| Wikipedia onto a CD which can be read with
| on-the-fly compression.
| The Argentinian Python users' group, PyAr,
| aims to distribute the CDPedia CD to remote
| schools which lack connectivity.


Wikimedia Commons breaks 5,000,000 files

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| Hot on the heels of the recent milestone of 3,000,000 articles on English
| Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons has just lodged its own major milestone: passing
| the 5,000,000 binary mark.  Wikimedia Commons is the vast image, video,
| sound, illustration (and more) repository of works that can be freely reused
| by anyone, and perhaps most notably to users is the space where all of
| Wikipediaâs images are stored.  Few would dispute that Wikimedia Commons is
| the largest single collection of freely reusable images on the internet.


Wikimedia receives $2 million grant from Omidyar Network

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| The Wikimedia Foundation, the organisation responsible for the operation of
| the Wikipedia free online encyclopaedia, has received a $2 million grant from
| the Omidyar Network


Wikipedia to Limit Changes to Articles on People

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| Wikipedia, one of the 10 most popular sites on the Web, was founded about
| eight years ago as a long-shot experiment to create a free encyclopedia from
| the contributions of volunteers, all with the power to edit, and presumably
| improve, the content.


Wikimedia receives $500,000 from Hewlett Foundation

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| The Wikimedia Foundation, the organization responsible for the operation of
| the Wikipedia free online encyclopaedia, has received $500,000 from the
| William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

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