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January 24, 2007

M$ vs Wikipedia

According to the SMH, Microsoft 'tried to doctor Wikipedia':

Microsoft has landed in the Wikipedia doghouse today after it offered to pay an Australian blogger to change technical articles on the community-produced web encyclopedia site.
While Wikipedia is known as the encyclopedia that anyone can tweak, founder Jimmy Wales and his cadre of volunteer editors, writers and moderators have blocked public relations firms, campaign workers and anyone else perceived as having a conflict of interest from posting fluff or slanting entries.
So paying for Wikipedia copy is considered a definite no-no.
"We were very disappointed to hear that Microsoft was taking that approach,'' Wales said.
Microsoft acknowledged it had approached the writer - Rick Jelliffe, who is chief technical officer of Sydney computing company Topologi, based in Pyrmont - and offered to pay him for the time it would take to correct what the company was sure were inaccuracies in Wikipedia articles on an ''open document format'' and a rival put forward by Microsoft.

Posted by Ozguru at January 24, 2007 12:00 PM


oooo you're back!!!
(sorry I've been away for six days, my feed reader has literally exploded hehe)

Posted by: kazza at January 29, 2007 04:27 PM

I was going to come back on the first of February (my blogaversary) but in the end, I just couldn't wait. Story of my life really :-(

Of course the news that munu will soon have a new blogging system to play with was a real tempter...

Posted by: Ozguru [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 29, 2007 04:36 PM

ah I see :)
well welcome back :)
hope munu is more reliable these days... it was down an awful lot for a while there...

Posted by: kazza at January 29, 2007 05:19 PM

Welcome back. sorry it's been a bit late for the hardy "yea!!! he's back!!!!" but I am still recovering from a disk failure and the stupid idea of changing blog software "since I have to rebuild it might as well upgrade too" mentality :-). My RSS feeder ran on my webserver, so I missed you 1st post. :-(

Posted by: skipjack at February 10, 2007 04:38 PM

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