Technology Wikipedia ends no-cost mobile access for developing countries
Russians held for 'mining bitcoin' at top nuclear lab
Engineers at Russia's top nuclear research facility have been detained after they attempted to mine bitcoin on its computers, Russian news agencies reported Friday. Several employees at the Russian Federal Nuclear Centre in the city of Sarov have been detained after making "an attempt to use the work computing facilities for personal ends, including for so-called mining," a spokeswoman for the centre, Tatiana Zalesskaya told Interfax news agency."Their activities were stopped in time," she added."The bungling miners have been detained by the competent authorities.
The Wikimedia Foundation launched in 2012 with the hopes of democratizing information through a simple concept: cellular carriers in developing countries would offer access to its crowdsourced knowledge without charging data fees. However, it appears to have run its course. The organization has discontinued Zero with plans to phase it out through 2018. Wikimedia has stopped forming new carrier partnerships, and will let its existing alliances end over time. There has been a "significant drop off" in involvement since 2016, Wikimedia said, and that participation is necessary to keep Zero alive.
Skier Vanishes From New York Mountain, Mysteriously Ends Up in California
After mysteriously disappearing from a mountain in snowy New York, a 49-year-old skier was found six days later in sunny California, still in his ski clothes and just as confused as authorities. After mysteriously disappearing from a mountain in snowy New York, a 49-year-old skier was found six days later in sunny California, still in his ski clothes and just as confused as authorities.
The outlet cited a few reasons for the shutdown, and not all of them were bad. Low awareness may have been one problem -- people in developing nations aren't as aware of Wikipedia as North Americans and Europeans. There have been successes at improving recognition, but they're coming too late to rescue Zero. On the plus side, mobile data costs have fallen in the past several years. Zero may not be as attractive simply because more cellphone users can afford to visit Wikipedia without needing a special exemption.
This doesn't mean that Wikimedia has given up on Zero-like concepts. That improved recognition has given the organization "several ideas" for its next course of action, and it's using 2018 to mull things over. The move could amount to a hiatus rather than a permanent end. All the same, the discontinuation is unfortunate for those who did use Wikipedia Zero. For now, at least, they'll have to either pay for enough data to visit Wikipedia or go without.
Few phone makers will survive industry's brutal economics: Huawei .
Richard Yu, chief executive of Huawei's consumer business group, said anyone at this stage in the decade-old industry's history that had less than 10 percent market share was losing money. Huawei is the world's third biggest smartphone maker, trailing leaders Samsung and Apple, with a 10.2 percent market share in the fourth quarter, according to market surveys from IDC and Strategy Analytics."In the future, only three to four vendors can survive, maybe only less than four," Yu told reporters following a product launch event held ahead of the Mobile World Congress.
A petition for free access to Wikipedia
In much of the world, many students only way to study and access knowledge is through Wikipedia on their mobile phones. Six out of seven persons on the planet has a cellphone today. While cellphone...
DW Türkce / ÖZEL DOSYA: Wikipedia Zero
http://rss.dw.de/xml/podcast_Bilim-ve-Teknik İnternet ansiklopedisi Wikipedia'ya her cep telefonundan erişimi sağlayacak Zero projesinin ayrıntıları ele alınıyor. Wikipedia Zero is...
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