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How To Decentralize Social Media, According To Wikipedia’s Co-founder

The problem about social media is that it is centralized. Centralization empowers massive corporations and governments to steal our privacy and restrict our speech and autonomy. What should exist are neutral, technical standards and protocols, like...
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Miniwiki Allows You To Browse Wikipedia From Your Apple Watch With Bookmarks, Nearby, And More

MiniWiki is a new app from developer Will Bishop that allows you to browse Wikipedia directly from your Apple Watch. The app supports features like popular articles around you, offline reading, bookmarks, and more. more… The post MiniWiki...
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Amazon’s Alexa Keeps Quoting Jeff Bezos To Me

Welcome to Source Notes, a new Future Tense column in which Stephen Harrison explores Wikipedia, digital knowledge, and the search for a fact-based world.
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70 Years Ago Today, Christian Dior Unveiled What Was Called "the New Look."

Wikipedia:[T]he new collection went down in fashion history as the "New Look" after the editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar Carmel Snow exclaimed, "It's such a new look!... It’s quite a revolution, dear Christian!"... The silhouette was...

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What’s Historic?, By Bryan Caplan

I regularly read Wikipedia’s “Historical Events on This Day.”  It’s fun, and I learn new history.  But I’m still puzzled by the selection criteria.  Wikipedia casually blends three very different kinds of events: 1....

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Venezuela's Humanitarian Crisis Puts Trinidad And Tobago's Refugee Policy Under The Microscope

Cedros Bay, in southern Trinidad, with the Columbus Channel in the background. The narrow Channel separates Trinidad from the Venezuelan mainland. PHOTO: Grueslayer CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikipedia. Since January 23, Caribbean nations have been engaged...
Related topics: Venezuela, Trinidad And Tobago, World Photos

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A Network Card For The Trash-80

Around these parts, [Peter] is well-known for abusing the TRS-80 to do things it should never do. You can read Wikipedia on the TRS-80, you can look at Google Images, and you can browse the web. As with any retrocomputer, there are limitations for...
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Look: Jay Rock Celebrates Winning Best Rap Performance Grammy

Top Dawg Entertainment’s Jay Rock can now add “Grammy Winner” to his Wikipedia page. The hip-hop veteran has celebrated winning “Best Rap Performance” for his “Win” smash anthem at Sunday night’s 2019...

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Privacy Is A Commons

“The commons is the cultural and natural resources accessible to all members of a society,” quoth Wikipedia, “held in common, not owned privately.” We live in an era of surveillance capitalism in a symbiotic relationship with...

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Don’t Expect Rulers Of Nuclear-armed Nations To Accept Nuclear Disarmament―unless They’re...

Lawrence WittnerGorbachev and Reagan sign the INF Treaty in 1987. (Photo: Wikipedia) 
Related topics: World Photos

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Blockchain Wikipedia Is A Dish Best Served Cold

"You really shouldn't be interviewing me. I don't want to fuck it all up again." We're standing in a greenroom for panelists at StartEngine ICO 2.0, a blockchain conference held in Santa Monica, California, in April 2018....

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Who Edits The Wikipedia Editors?

At face value, the website Wikipedia advertises itself as the online, de facto encyclopedia. But comedian Stephen Colbert had a different definition for the site on a 2007 episode of “The Colbert Report,” calling it, “The encyclopedia where...
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50 Years Ago Today: The Tv Show "turn-on!" Premiered And Was Taken Off The Air In The...

According to Wikipedia:The show was created by Ed Friendly and George Schlatter, the producers of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. Bristol-Myers contracted with them to develop the show, and provided it to ABC for a projected 13-week run after NBC and...

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This Twitter Account Celebrates Women In Japan, One Short Profile A Day

Photo of an actress posing as Nakano Takeko, a famous female warrior and military leader who fought and died during the final years of the Shogunate in Japan. Image from Wikipedia, public domain. Celebrating Women in Japan is a project that...
Related topics: Social Media, Entertainment Photos

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Watch Conan O’brien Humiliate Passersby In His New Man-on-the-street Segment, Curb Stumpers

Over his many years in comedy, Conan O’Brien has experimented at one time or another with most of the classic late night formats, from updated versions of Carson standbys like interviews with Wikipedia-powered teddy bears to his lavishly-produced...

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Video: Barnet Make It 3-3 In Fa Cup Thriller With Wonder-goal From Player Who Doesn’t Even Have A...

Dan Sparkes doesn’t currently have a Wikipedia page, but this stunning goal for Barnet against Brentford in tonight’s FA Cup thriller deserves one all to itself. It’s been an... Click Story Headline Above To Read/Watch/Comment the...
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Why Wikipedia’s Medical Content Is Superior

Welcome to Source Notes, a new Future Tense column in which Stephen Harrison explores Wikipedia, digital knowledge, and the search for a fact-based world.

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The Turtle House.

That's The Turtle house by Kurt Völtzke at El Gouna (Red Sea, Egypt), which I'm seeing this morning at the Wikipedia article "Cultural depictions of turtles." I got there because, after blogging about the Green Reaper, I went looking for other...
Related topics: Egypt

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After Netflix Price Hike, Hulu Now Starts At Just $5.99 Per Month

Wikipedia Are you feeling burnt by Netflix’s price hike? It may be time to run into Hulu’s loving, affordable embrace. This morning, Hulu announced that its basic, ad-supported subscription service will drop from $7.99 a month to $5.99 a...
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Google.org Donating $2 Million To Wikipedia And Offering Apis, Other Tools At No Cost

Wikipedia is leveraged throughout Google’s products from Knowledge Graph panels in Search to Assistant results on Google Home and other devices. Google.org today announced a $2 million donation to the Wikimedia Endowment, as well as making...
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