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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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For this year's Google Code-in software development contest, Wikimedia developers mentored young students to contribute to our free codebase. Here are last year's winners. Group Photo by M4tx, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0

Wikimedia in Google Code-in 2014

What happens when you combine 48 students, 30 mentors, and an endless list of tasks? During December to January, 226 Wikimedia tasks where successfully (…)

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Introducing Wikipedia’s new HTML5 video player

A new video player has been enabled on Wikipedia and its sister sites, and it comes with the promise of bringing free educational videos to more people, on more devices, in more languages.

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Project ideas, students, and mentors wanted to improve Wikimedia tech this summer

For the seventh year in a row, Wikimedia Foundation is participating in the Google Summer of Code program. Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is a program where Google pays summer students USD 5000 each to code for open source projects for three months (read more). We hope 2012’s students will…

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Update on Translation Toolkit

Earlier today the folks over at Google provided an update on their progress using Translation Toolkit with volunteers and translators to improve the article count in smaller language versions of Wikipedia, including Arabic, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Swahili, Tamil and Telugu.  Google is a passionate believer in the need to translate…

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Google’s Grant is good news for Wikimedia!

Earlier today we announced a generous $2 million (USD) grant to the Wikimedia Foundation from the Google Inc. Charity Fund at the Tides Foundation.  This is the first gift to the Wikimedia Foundation from Google, and as an unrestricted gift we’ll be able to support operations for Wikipedia and our…

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Google experiments with new ways to search Wikipedia

The good folks at Google Custom Search, in cooperation with experienced Wikipedian Mathias Schindler, have developed a “Google Custom Search skin” for Wikipedia that can be activated by following these instructions. In addition to using Google to search for Wikipedia articles, it makes it possible to search linked Wikipedia articles,…

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Google Translator Toolkit Supports Wikipedia

Today Google is announcing the release of Google Translator Toolkit, a new application that extends their well known translation tool, Google Translate.  The Tool kit may change the way Wikipedia grows in other languages (from Google’s announcement today): At Google, we consider translation a key part of making information universally…

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We cover the planet

Wikipedia fans and Google maps users may have heard recently that Google has unveiled a handsome new feature for its ubiquitous mapping system. Alongside the familiar ‘satellite’ and ‘terrain’ viewing options for maps, you can know click on ‘more’ then click the Wikipedia check box. In a flash the big…

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