Archive for May 1st, 2009

Podcast: Wikimedia’s palm-held encyclopedia

Wikipedia.org is the 4th highest ranked site on the World Wide Web, attracking 320 million unique visitors each month. It’s easy to see why: due to the efforts of thousands upon thousands of contributors virtually any topic is covered in its Webpages and any topical search on search engine is bound to offer up at least one Wikipedia entry.

Despite its huge popularity on the wired Web, Wikipedia’s presence on the mobile Internet is far more limited–an absence that can probably be explained by the fact its creator, the Wikimedia Foundation is a non-profit with just 24 staff members. Wikipedia has two mobile Web sites, en.m.wikipedia.org and mobile.wikipedia.org, which are respectively optimized for more feature-rich and basic mobile browsers. But Wikimedia head of business development Kul Wadhwa knows its mobile presence can be so much more prevasive. In the latest installment of TelephonyOnline’s podcast series, Wadhwa shares the foundations plans for not just creating a mobile version of its Web encyclopedia, but for extending its platform of “free knowledge” beyond the Wikimedia domains.

You can play the podcast below or go directly to the podcast page:

Making lemonade out of swine flu

The pork industry is suffering unfairly from the Swine Flu outbreak, as people (and some governments) link pork products with the rapidly spreading H1N1 virus, but there is one industry that could benefit, besides major drug manufacturers. more

iPCS adds new twist to Sprint-affiliate battles

iPCS has won another battle in its long-running legal war against its affiliate partner Sprint. The Midwestern CDMA operator said today an Illinois circuit court has denied Sprint’s motion to toss out an iPCS lawsuit, which alleges Sprint violated its exclusivity agreement when it merged its WiMax assets with Clearwire. iPCS has taken issue with Clearwire offering competing services in its territory, which sports markets from Iowa to Pennsylvannia, but since their last courtroom clash in November the substance of iPCS’s challenge has changed. Rather than opposing the launch of the WiMax networks, iPCS now claims it should have been given first dibs. more

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