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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Microsoft in hot water over Wikipedia edits -

Microsoft in hot water over Wikipedia edits -

(AP) -- Microsoft Corp. has landed in the Wikipedia doghouse after it
offered to pay a blogger to change technical articles on the
community-produced Web encyclopedia site.

While Wikipedia is known as the encyclopedia that anyone can tweak, founder Jimmy Wales and his cadre of volunteer editors, writers and moderators have blocked public-relations firms, campaign workers and anyone else perceived as
having a conflict of interest from posting fluff or slanting entries.
So paying for Wikipedia copy is considered a definite no-no.

"We were very disappointed to hear that Microsoft was taking that approach," Wales said Tuesday.

acknowledged it had approached the writer and offered to pay him for
the time it would take to correct what the company was sure were
inaccuracies in Wikipedia articles on an open-source document standard
and a rival format put forward by Microsoft.

Spokeswoman Catherine Brooker said she believed the articles were heavily written by people at IBM Corp., which is a big supporter of the open-source
standard. IBM did not immediately respond to a request for comment . . .

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