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Wikipedia traffic skyrockets

In the wake of the Seigenthaler dispute, Alexa reports that Wikipedia traffic has increased significantly. From 2 December to 11 December, Wikipedia's daily traffic rank had risen from 37th to 27th, passing such sites as Livedoor, craigslist, eBay UK, and ([1]) Wikipedia's page views per million rose from 1,000 to over 1,500, a 50% increase in traffic relative to other websites.

Fundraiser starts Friday

The next Wikimedia Foundation fundraising drive, which was originally slated to begin 1 December, will start on 16 December. The fundraiser will still last for three weeks, ending on 6 January. Although no specific goal has been set, Daniel Mayer, Wikimedia CFO indicated he hoped it could raise at least USD $500,000.

German Wikipedia sells DVD third edition

The German Wikipedia has issued a third edition DVD including updated articles. The DVD is license-compliant, and contains over 300,000 articles. In addition, a series of printed books are being sold. Both the DVD and the books are released under the GFDL, and are available for download.


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