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Jan 19, 2012

Popular file-sharing website Megaupload shut down

McLEAN, Va. — One of the world’s most popular file-sharing sites was shut down Thursday, and its founder and several company officials were accused of facilitating millions of illegal downloads of films, music and other content. A federal indictment accused of costing copyright holders at least $500 million in lost revenue. The indictment was […]

Jan 18, 2012

SOPA/PIPA protest exposes Silicon Valley-Hollywood rivalry

LOS ANGELES — In a move that heightens the growing tension between Silicon Valley and Hollywood, Wikipedia and other websites went dark Wednesday in protest of two congressional proposals intended to thwart the online piracy of copyrighted movies and TV programs. The web-based encyclopedia is part of a loose coalition of dot-coms and large technology […]

Jan 18, 2012

Wikipedia, Google protest U.S. antipiracy proposals

NEW YORK — January 18 is a date that will live in ignorance, as Wikipedia started a 24-hour blackout of its English-language articles, joining other sites in a protest of pending U.S. legislation aimed at shutting down sites that share pirated movies and other content. shut down its social news service for 12 hours. […]

Jan 18, 2012

Wikipedia editors question site’s blackout

NEW YORK  — Can the world live without Wikipedia for a day? The shutdown of one of the Internet’s most-visited sites is not sitting well with some of its volunteer editors, who say the protest of anti-piracy legislation could threaten the credibility of their work. “My main concern is that it puts the organization in […]

Jan 17, 2012

Wikipedia to blackout English site Wednesday in protest

For those of you who — like myself — learn a lot of what you know from reading articles on Wikipedia, you’re going to have to Google a little bit harder for 24 hours on Wednesday. The nonprofit “Free Encyclopedia” (which hosts 20 million articles in 283 languages, according to the “Wikipedia” Wikipedia article) announced Monday […]

Oct 13, 2011

O’Malley seeks animal waste power plant for Maryland

Gov. Martin O’Malley’s latest effort to bring more green energy to the state is clean only in the strictest of energy-industry terms. The state is soliciting proposals for a 10-megawatt power plant fueled with animal waste — “such as poultry litter or livestock manure.” The plant would have to be connected to the power grid […]

Jun 1, 2011

National Archives hires ‘Wikipedian in Residence’

WASHINGTON — The National Archives has appointed its first “Wikipedian in Residence” to help connect with the Wikipedia community. The Archives announced Wednesday that Dominic McDevitt-Parks was hired to help shape the Internet’s leading online encyclopedia. He is a graduate student in history and archives management at Simmons College in Boston. The paid summer intern [&helli[...]

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