Wikipedia Shutting Down for 24 Hours on Wednesday

In an effort to protest the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA), Jimmy Wales has announced that the online encyclopedia Wikipedia that he co-founded will be shutting down for 24 hours from Tuesday, January 17 at midnight EST (GMT – 5:00) to Wednesday, January 18th at midnight EST. The English language Wikipedia receives around 25 million unique visitors globally per day, so this temporary shutdown is rather extraordinary.

So, if you were planning on accessing the free online encyclopedia on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad during this time, you have been forewarned. Apps such as Wikipedia Mobile and Wikipanion will presumably be dysfunctional during this Wikipedia blackout, so mark your calendars—perhaps the one on your iOS device—accordingly.


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