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LONDON, June 25 (UPI) -- Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has slammed a U.S. attempt to extradite a British student whose Web link-site operates similarly to Google.

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Hundreds of Web sites say they'll go dark late Tuesday to protest anti-piracy bills currently making their way through Congress.

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- The Web site Wikipedia says it will show solidarity with the protest against an anti-piracy bill before the U.S. Congress by shutting down for a day.

World cyberspace conference opens

LONDON, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- World political figures and technical leaders such as Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales have gathered in London for a conference on cyberspace, organizers say.
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Wikipedia to turn 10

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NEW YORK, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- The Internet encyclopedia Wikipedia is about to turn 10, its founder said in New York.

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Wikipedia founder dumps girlfriend online

NEW YORK, March 4 (UPI) -- The New York ex-girlfriend of Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales says that after insisting their relationship be secret he dumped her on the Web site.

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Code of conduct proposed for blogosphere

NEW YORK, April 9 (UPI) -- The creator of Wikipedia is joining forces with a California book publisher in hopes of bringing civility to the Internet free-for-all known as the blogosphere.

Wikipedia founder to launch search engine

TOKYO, March 8 (UPI) -- A Wikipedia company will build an Internet search engine that lets users improve on the system, the Internet encyclopedia founder said in Tokyo Thursday.

Microsoft runs afoul of Wikipedia

TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 24 (UPI) -- The Wikipedia founder Wednesday said it was a "disappointment" Microsoft Corp. approached a blogger to change technical articles on the online encyclopedia.

Wikipedia founder to launch search engine

SAN MATEO, Calif., Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. founder of the Web encyclopedia Wikipedia says his planned Internet search engine, Wikiasari, could rival Google and Yahoo!.

Wikipedia protects some entries from edits

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., June 17 (UPI) -- The online encyclopedia Wikipedia is no longer as freewheeling as it once was, protecting some subjects from sometimes contentious editing.
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Jimmy Wales
Jimmy Wales (C), founder of Wikia, addresses the closing session of the World Economic Forum at the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh on May 20, 2008. The theme of this year’s summit is “Learning from the Future.” The forum is one of the largest gatherings for political and business leaders in the Middle East. (UPI Photo)

Jimmy Donal "Jimbo" Wales ( /ˈdoʊnəl ˈweɪlz/; born August 7, 1966) is an American Internet entrepreneur and a co-founder and promoter of Wikipedia.

Wales was born in Huntsville, Alabama, United States. He attended The Randolph School, a university-preparatory school, then earned bachelor's and master's degrees in finance. While in graduate school, he taught at two universities. He later took a job in finance, and worked as the research director of a Chicago futures and options firm for several years. In 1996, he and two partners founded Bomis, a men's web portal featuring entertainment and adult content. This website provided the initial funding for the peer-reviewed encyclopedia Nupedia (2000–2003) and its successor, Wikipedia.

In 2001, together with Larry Sanger and others, Wales helped launch Wikipedia, a free, open content encyclopedia that enjoyed rapid growth and popularity, and as Wikipedia's public profile grew, he became the project's promoter and spokesman. He is historically cited as a co-founder of Wikipedia, though he has disputed the "co-" designation in declaring himself the sole founder. Wales serves on the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit charitable organization which operates Wikipedia. He holds its board-appointed "community founder" seat. In 2004, he co-founded Wikia, a privately owned, free Web-hosting service, with fellow Wikimedia trustee Angela Beesley.

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