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Wikia gets into the lyrics business, acquires LyricWiki

Most people have heard of Wikipedia, but Wikia (co-founded by Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales) is a little bit less well-known. It's a collection of fan-based wikis where people can obsessively catalog info about sports teams, bands, movies, and all kinds of other pop culture material. The latest addition to Wikia is song lyrics, now that the company has purchased LyricWiki. In the process of snapping...

Wikia kills its search engine, now can Google please kill Knol?

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has announced plans to kill off the Wikia Search project. Wikia Search was built to be sort of the Wikipedia of search engines. While a computer generates initial search results, users can adjust the order of results and even alter descriptions. When I checked out Wikia Search last summer I was actually pretty impressed with its feature set. And then I forgot about ...

Search Wikia Alpha launches, not useful at all... yet

For those waiting with baited breath for Jimmy Wales to launch the distance cousin of Wikipedia, the wait is over. For everyone else, umm... Search Wikia Alpha is live today. What was originally billed as a human-powered search engine much the same way Wikipedia is a human-powered encyclopedia is right now just a second-rate computer-powered web search site that lets you create user profiles. Th...

Wikia Search private beta launches

Exactly one year after Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales first announced plans to create a human powered search engine, Wikia Search has launched in private beta. There aren't a ton of details to report right now, but Wales sent a letter to the Wikia Search email list on Sunday evening announcing the private beta, as well as plans for a January 7th public launch. Last month Wales delivered a speech i...

Amazon buys a chunk of Wikia

VentureBeat is reporting that Amazon has bought a major stake in wiki company Wikia. Like many companies, Wikia allows people to create wikis for their interests or organizations. The company stands out in many people's minds because it's the brainchild of Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. Part of the purchase includes more than $2 million for the purchase of ArmchairGM, a somewhat successful sports ...