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WikiReader, Meetup in Pakistan, Audit committee elections, and more
Openmoko launched a small, handheld reader with an offline version of the entire English Wikipedia, the WikiReader. The reader is retailing for $99, and runs on batteries, with a monochrome touch screen. The content has no pictures, and can be filtered for use by kids. Openmoko plans to offer twice-yearly content updates for download. The WikiReader software is open source.
The WikiReader official site lists details of the device. The launch was picked up by several media outlets and blogs, with the Wikimedia Foundation blog also posting details of the reader.
The first meetup in Karachi, Pakistan was held on October 18, 2009, hosted by Saqib Qayyum. Six editors of the English and Urdu Wikipedias attended, including Jamal Abdullah Usman, a Pakistani journalist/columnist. Attendees discussed topics including publicity and development of the Urdu language Wikipedia, WikiProject Pakistan, the possibility of a Pakistan chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation, and even a quiz for attendees (see agenda). The meetup lasted three hours.
Audit subcommittee elections
One of Fg2's newly featured pictures
The process to appoint three non-arbitrator members of the Audit Subcommittee is underway. If you are interested, please see the election page for the qualifications and application process. Applications will be accepted until October 22, and voting will begin on October 30.
Two of recently deceased Wikipedian Fg2's pictures have been promoted to Featured Picture status. Hall of Dreams and Morning glory were nominated by User:Kaldari to celebrate the massive contribution the Japanese educator made both to the encyclopedia and to Commons. A third image, Tazawako, was nominated by User:Shoemaker's Holiday but was not promoted.
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