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Wikipedia Beautifier makes the encyclopedia more readable, removes clutter

Wikipedia Beautifier is an extension for Google Chrome that removes all the clutter from Wikipedia and lets you focus on the most important aspect of the online encyclopedia: its content. Wikipedia Beautifier has been inspired by Readability, and aims to provide the same amount of article-centered beauty, while also keeping the familiar navigation menus within reach. After you've installed...

Wikimedia reaches its $16 million goal, Wikipedia to remain ad-free

The foundation behind Wikipedia, Wikimedia, has reached its goal of $16 million in donations, more than doubling the $7.5 million raised in 2009. Over half a million people donated for an average donation of around $22. The donations are for one purpose: to keep Wikipedia ad-free, and having reached its goal, Wikipedia remains the only top-10 site on the Web that is free of ads and funded...

Essential iPhone apps: Guide to the best iOS gifts for the holidays

Santa's just hand-delivered you a brand-spanking new iPhone or iPod touch. You've ripped the wrapping paper off, charged it, and have been playing with it non-stop, but your home screen looks a bit bare. Well look no further: DLS has your back! We love all kinds of apps, but here are our essential, must-download apps for your new and shiny iDevice....

Jimmy Wales Chrome extension adds Wikipedia donation banner to every single page

If you can't get enough of WIkipedia founder Jimmy Wales' smiling face, pleading for your donations to keep everyone's favorite community knowledge base afloat, then you need the Jimmy Wales Chrome extension. With this little browser add-on, donation banners featuring Jimbo himself will follow you everywhere you go on the web. I'm not sure why someone would install this on their personal...

Firefox Friday, the back to school edition: 10 add-ons to make education less dire

You may have noticed we've got our back to school jive on here at Download Squad. We figure it's worth interrupting your usual programming for a week or two -- after all, once the kids are back at school, we're all free to do whatever we like until Christmas! Woohoo! Still, so that you don't feel completely abandoned, here's a paragraph dedicated to this week's Mozilla news: early builds of...

FBI to Wikipedia: Take down our seal (or else)

That's right, the FBI has sent a letter to Wikipedia's San Francisco office demanding that they remove the Bureau's official seal from the site. Their reasoning? They say that it's because "unauthorized reproduction of the FBI Seal is prohibited by US law." The letter also went on to say that anyone caught in violation of this law is subject to fines and/or imprisonment. So, apparently all of the...

DokuWiki is an amazing, simple and customizable Wiki system

DokuWiki is one of those "I can't believe we've never covered it!" tools. It's not new; it's not cutting-edge. It's solid, and tested, and it's been around for years, and it is one of the best Wiki systems on the planet, in my opinion. DokuWiki is great for content sites where you have one editor and the rest of the world just reads the wiki; it's also great for collaborative wikis, and there was...

Wikipedia refreshes to a new, slicker look

Wikipedia just underwent a pretty significant refresh in the looks department. Here are some of the new features: The navigation menu now uses JavaScript and neatly folds and slides on click. The tabs on top of each page look different, and are actually easier to use. The editing toolbar is still quite busy, but it's been reorganized to make it simpler to use. I don't think there's any...

Wikipedia Companion add-on for Chrome is a mini wiki browser

Wikipedia Companion is a small, slick Chrome add-on that provides quick access to Wikipedia via the toolbar. You click the button and immediately get a mini browser, which you can use to quickly look up facts (or "facts," as is often the case with Wikipedia) without leaving the current page. The mini browser has its own "back" and "forward" buttons, and it uses the cache so that going back is...

Wikipedia founder reports Wikimedia Commons to the FBI for child porn

Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger -- who left the company back in 2002 -- says he has reported Wikipedia's parent organization to the FBI for hosting alleged child pornography. He's made the letter open and posted it to Wikipedia, where users (including Wikimedia's lead attorney) have subjected it to some harsh criticism, both legal and personal. Wikimedia defenders claim Sanger is just bitter...

Open video, not Flash, is coming to Wikipedia

In the ongoing web video wars -- which have started to look a lot like Flash vs. Everything Else -- the latest battleground could be Wikipedia. A coalition of forces, including Mozilla, the Open Video Alliance, Miro and Kaltura (which is the video partner for Wikimedia), has launched a site called Let's Get Video on Wikipedia. The site calls for video submissions to Wikipedia, and points out...

Articles for iPhone makes the case for buying a dedicated Wikipedia app

Wikipedia is an amazing tool that delivers a massive chunk of the entire body of human knowledge to your web-enabled device ... for free! We all use it, we all love it, and some of us even contribute our own expertise. Wikipedia's more about the information than the interface, though, and it avoids showy designs in order to keep loading time minimal. However, if you like your Wikipedia a little...

Delete Your Account helps you delete accounts from online services

Deleting your account from a social networking site can be as hard as canceling a gym membership or convincing a telemarketer that you're not interested in their product. Social networking sites and other online services don't want you to delete your account. There's value for them in being able to quote huge and growing user numbers, regardless of whether those users are happy to be there (though...

Wikipedia to color-code unreliable information

Wikipedia recently announced plans for a new feature that will color-code every word of every entry according to its reliability. Go ahead and make the obvious joke ("Aren't they all unreliable?" Ha. Ha.), but the way they're going about it actually sounds pretty smart. The optional color-coding feature is called "WikiTrust," and it codes each word according to how long it's been on the page and...

Wikipedia will require trusted editors to approve changes

According to the New York Times, Wikipedia is making a move away from a democratic free-for-all system where anyone and everyone can edit any article. Instead, the site will require that changes to articles about living people be approved by trusted users. As fans of Spider-Man are aware, with great power comes great responsibility. Wikipedia's massive growth over the past few years, and its...