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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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Collaborate to make #Edit2015: a Wikipedia Year-in-Review video

You can collaborate to make #Edit2015: a Wikipedia Year-in-Review video. Read how together we can edit our shared history of the events of 2015 by finding articles, uploading photos and developing the story of 2015 as a video that will be shared freely and widely.

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In September, we love monuments

Today marks the start of the sixth edition of Wiki Loves Monuments, the largest photography competition in the world. Thousands of Wikipedia readers and contributors from more than 30 countries around the globe will be taking part in the contest, hoping to document their local heritage, contribute to Wikipedia, and perhaps win a little prize. Here’s a preview of the competition with a special focus on a long-term participant, Italy.

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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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Wikimedia’s new developer-friendly trademark guidelines for apps

Our new app guidelines, based on our Trademark Policy, make it easier than ever to use Wikimedia Foundation trademarks and content in apps. The guidelines are accessible and clearly lay out practical examples for app developers to encourage innovation using Wikimedia material

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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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As Odia Wikipedia turns 13, what happens next?

Odia Wikipedia (or.wikipedia.org) celebrated its 13th anniversary on June 3. Instead of just celebrating the day, the community brainstormed together on needs assessment, learning from past and strategies for future.

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When cultural heritage gets a digital life

An additional 600,000 free files are now available on the Wikimedia Commons, ranging from century-old films to recordings of mechanical pianos, World War II photographs, scans of dried flowers, and other art and heritage, all sourced from German museums, archives, and libraries.

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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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