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Wikipedia's Articles Are Printed and Bound to a Massively Tree-Killing Book

In a strange exercise regarding our ongoing fascination with how much crap is actually one the Internet (answer: a lot), U.K.-based photog/artist Robert Matthews printed out all 2,559 featured articles on Wikipedia and bound them in a massive, footstool-sized tome. We have a couple of questions: Why didn't he use a double-sided printer? Is that paper stock unnecessarily thick? Why are his shoes...

'ICorrect' Helps Celebrities Debunk Myths, Refute Rumors

Are you a celebrity? Has your name been smeared by unfounded rumors, half-truths or an inaccurate Wikipedia entry? A new site called ICorrect can help you set the record straight. For the small annual fee of $1,000, celebs and other public figures can use ICorrect to post rebuttals to any rumors or lies that have spread across the Web. Sir David Tang, the website's founder, says ICorrect is...

Louisiana Uses Wikipedia as Historical Record for Monument

Much of the world's history may have been written by the victors, but Louisiana's historical record apparently hinges on the whims of lonely computer nerds. Case in point: the State Capitol building in Baton Rouge, where a statue of the state's first governor is accompanied not by an official document or verified biography, but by a printout of the man's Wikipedia page. Yes, a printout -- from...

Bieber Fans Make Esperanza Spalding's Wikipedia 'Pay' for Grammy Upset

A hormonally charged group of Justin Bieber acolytes stormed the Internet last night, high on puberty and out for blood. The victim? Grammy upset Esperanza Spalding, who surprised exactly everyone when she won the award for Best New Artist last night, "stealing" the win from the Canadian heartthrob. The Beliebers set upon Spalding's Wikipedia page, adding racist remarks and insults. We'd like to...

Read This: 'Wikipedia Is Male-Dominated. That Doesn't Mean It's Sexist.'

The gender imbalance among Wikipedia contributors is not even news. The Wikimedia study came out in August 2009 and was covered by the Wall Street Journal at that time. In the 17 months (which the Times rounds down to "about a year") that this report has been searing the Times' consciousness, the paper has come up with exactly zero new facts to explain the contributor imbalance. Instead, the...

Installation Prints Wikipedia Edits in Real-Time

In honor of Wikipedia's 10th anniversary, designers Dean McNamee and Tim Burrell-Saward created an installation that, in their words, "would highlight the effort and value behind Wikipedia."They decided to suspend 18 printers from the ceiling of a West London building, where the site was celebrating its anniversary. Every time a contributor made an edit to any article on the site, one of the...

Why Don't More Women Contribute to Wikipedia?

To most people, Wikipedia represents the ultimate in egalitarian encyclopedias. It's a place where any Internet user can go to add their own knowledge on virtually any subject in the world, regardless of individual expertise or background. But recent statistics show that, in spite of its intrinsic openness, Wikipedia's playing ground may not be as level as it seems -- especially when it comes...

Thoughts on 10 Years of Wikipedia, Comparing WikiLeaks to 'The Dark Knight'

Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Read: Good Manners in the Age of WikiLeaks In one of the diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks, Putin and Medvedev are compared to Batman and Robin. It's a useful analogy: isn't Julian Assange, WikiLeaks's organiser, a real-life counterpart to the Joker in Christopher Nolan's...

EcuRed Is Cuba-Friendly Wikipedia Alternative

Wikipedia is a seemingly bottomless and damn-near indispensable source of information in our modern world. So, it's only natural that oppressive regimes like Cuba would seek to control the flow of information by creating their own alternative to the community-created encyclopedia. The site, called EcuRed, launched Tuesday with over 19,000 entries, a far cry from the over 3.5 million found on the...

Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales Wonders if You Can Spot Him $16 Million

Some of you may have noticed recently, while making one of those all-too-familiar sojourns to look up useless info about canceled TV shows and dead celebrities, that there's a giant banner across the top of Wikipedia. It directs you to a page that asks (nay, begs) for donations to help sustain the world's largest free and community-editable repository of knowledge. Last year, during its annual...

Wonders of the Digital World: Behold Wikipedia's Largest Image!

Here's a nice stop for your next Internet scavenger hunt: Wikipedia's largest image. (We had luck opening the 25-megabyte pic, although Boing Boing didn't, apparently.) The record is held by the Georgetown Powerplant Museum in Seattle, Washington, for whatever that's worth. (Chat room bragging rights, we'd imagine.)...

The Twelve-Volume History of the Iraq War Wikipedia Entry

James Bridle has compiled the editing history of the Iraq War Wikipedia entry from December 2004 and November 2009 into a twelve-volume collection "the size of a single old-style encyclopaedia." With relevant and irrelevant additions, defacements and debates, Bridle presents not the history of the war, but the way in which we remember it. "This is historiography. This is what culture actually...

FBI Tells Wikipedia to Remove Its Seal, Wikipedia Says It Would Rather Not

Wikileaks may have garnered a lot of attention from national security departments recently, but the FBI is apparently more concerned with another, more visible Wiki. In a July 22nd letter (PDF) addressed to Wikipedia, the Bureau threatened the site with legal action unless it removes the FBI seal from its page. FBI deputy general counsel David Larson justified the request by citing a specific...

ToneCheck Tests Your E-mails' Emotion, Inside the Special Effects of 'Inception'

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. If you're worried that too much time on the tubes is filling your writing with snark, run it through ToneCheck, a new Windows app that attempts to scan (and correct)...

Wikipedia Is Accurate, But Not Very Easy To Read, Study Finds

Share Most people have always been taught to take anything they read on Wikipedia with a grain of salt. The site's usually pretty reliable for general information, or for those times when you need to sound off on the intricacies of Vulcan law. But its open-source format still leaves it vulnerable to a host of factual inaccuracies that usually deter students or academics from citing the online...