SOPA, the Internet, and the benefits of a mutual enemy

January 20, 2012

That giant sucking sound you hear is the life being drained from SOPA and PIPA.

In an astonishingly effective campaign, a number of prominent websites decided on Jan. 18 to act as though they were being censored. SOPA — the House Stop Online Piracy Act , and PIPA, the Senate’s Protect IP Act  — would, in fact, have little or no impact on U.S. sites but the message was clear: The Net is one seamless organism. An attack on my friend, or even my enemy, is an attack on me.

Tech wrap: Wikipedia, Google protest anti-piracy bill

January 18, 2012

The English homepage of Wikipedia went dark and Google’s search page ran the logo “Tell Congress: Please don’t censor the web!” in protest of legislation designed to stop copyright piracy but the free online encyclopedia says “could fatally damage the free and open Internet.” Big tech names including Facebook and Twitter declined to participate in protests of the House of Representatives’ Stop Online Piracy Act and the Senate’s PROTECT Intellectual Property Act, despite their opposition to the legislation, unwilling to sacrifice a day’s worth of revenue and risk the ire of users.

Despite tough economy, Wikimedia raises $20 million in donations

January 4, 2012

Wikimedia Foundation is marking the new year with a hefty deposit into its coffers.

Google’s Brin, wife donate $500,000 to keep Wikipedia going

November 18, 2011

Very few have missed Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales’ picture looming on all of the pages of the user-generated information website.

On swine flu, Scribd calls itself the “anti-Twitter”

April 30, 2009

Use Twitter’s name even when you’re dissing it: that could be a good way to ensure some publicity, given the hype around everyone’s current sweetheart. But maybe Scribd, the social publishing startup that lets you upload all kinds of documents online and embed them into blog posts, does have a point about the misinformation that Twitterers could be putting up in 140-character bursts.

Ad market finds the upside of down

January 27, 2009

There have been plenty of doomsday forecasts about 2009 advertising spending, brought on by the financial crisis. Especially when online advertising, so long on the rise even as print ad revenue fell, started falling too.

Wikipedia wants non-geeks for posts

December 3, 2008

Here’s a blog entry from our San Francisco technology reporter David Lawsky: