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News on Wikipedia: New Zealand selects flags, Google freshens up, and more

Here are some of the global news stories covered on Wikipedia this week: New Zealand announces a shortlist of four flags to be voted on in a referendum; Google radically changes its logo for the first time in sixteen years; Mt. McKinley is officially renamed “Denali”, ending a 40-year dispute; The 2015 World Athletics Championships conclude in Beijing; The Temple of Bel is destroyed by jihadist group ISIL in Syria.

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Hundreds of “black hat” English Wikipedia accounts blocked following investigation

After weeks of investigation, volunteer editors on English Wikipedia announced today that they blocked 381 user accounts for undisclosed paid advocacy.

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Funding projects and pizza with Wikimedia Foundation grants: meet Emily Temple-Wood

Veteran editor Emily Temple-Wood focuses on medical articles and improving Wikipedia’s coverage of women scientists. She’s found the ideal method of attracting newcomers to events and workshops: Lots of pizza.

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News on Wikipedia: Stock markets plunge, train attack thwarted, and more

Find out how Wikipedia is covering this week’s current news events: A Hawker Hunter jet crashes into a busy road in Shropshire, England, killing at least 11 people on the ground; Jihadist group Islamic State demolishes the ancient Syrian Temple of Baalshamin; Global markets seesaw violently in the wake of a Chinese stock market crash; The ongoing Okanogan Complex fire becomes the largest wildfire in Washington state history; Passengers on an international Thalys train subdue a gunman, preventing an apparent terrorism attack.

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News on Wikipedia: Explosions in China, Brazilian protests, and more

Find out how Wikipedia is covering this week’s current news events: A bomb blast near a shrine in central Bangkok kills 23 people; Protesters in more than 200 Brazilian cities demand the resignation of Dilma Rouseff; A series of massive explosions in Tianjin, China, kill more than 114 people; American golfer Jordan Spieth becomes world number one, while Australian Jason Day wins the 2015 PGA Championship; A domestic plane carring 54 people crashes in Indonesia, killing all on board.

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Despite headlines, frequent edits don’t cause inaccuracy

Wikipedia is the encyclopedia anyone can edit. It didn’t surprise us to learn that articles considered to be controversial are frequently edited.

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Wikimedia Highlights, July 2015

Here are highlights from across the Wikimedia movement, as reported on this blog in July 2015: Konkani Wikipedia goes live; Leigh Thelmadatter is involved in the changes she wants to see; Wikidata, coming soon to a menu near you; Wikimedians urge the EU to protect freedom of panorama; ACLU files amended complaint on behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation; Get the latest Wikipedia updates easily with IFTTT.

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News on Wikipedia: Google reshuffles into Alphabet, Japan remembers, and more

Find out how Wikipedia is covering this week’s current news events: Google announces plans to reorganise under umbrella company Alphabet; Japan commemorates 70 years since the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; The New Suez Canal opens in Egypt after a year’s development; Typhoon Soudelor makes landfall, killing at least 29 people; North Korea moves clocks permanently back half an hour.

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News on Wikipedia: Beijing wins Winter Olympics, MH370 wreckage recovered, and more

Find out how Wikipedia is covering this week’s current news events: Beijing is announced as the host city for the 2022 Winter Olympics; Barack Obama announces a Clean Power Plan for the United States; Plane wreckage, thought to be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, washes up on Réunion; Zimbabwe seeks the extradition of Cecil the lion’s killer from the United States; Taliban’s leader, Mohammed Omar, is confirmed to have died in 2013.

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News on Wikipedia: New exoplanet discovered, Tour de France concludes, and more

Find out how Wikipedia is covering this week’s current news events: NASA’s Kepler space telescope discovers potentially rocky exoplanet Kepler-452b; Pierre Nkurunziza is elected to a third term as President of Burundi in controversial circumstances; British cyclist Chris Froome wins the 2015 Tour de France; One of Zimbabwe’s most famous lions is killed in the Hwange National Park; Microsoft’s newest operating system, Windows 10, officially launches.

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