Daily Tidbits: Wikipedia users asked to edit 'Wikipedia' book

Wikipedia users can now edit and improve a Wikipedia book on the online encyclopedia.

"Wikipedia: The Missing Manual" by John Broughton has been made available for free on Wikipedia, O'Reilly Books, its publisher, announced Tuesday. The book is being delivered in Wiki format, which means users can edit the text as they see fit. Peter Meyers, the "Missing Manuals" managing editor, said O'Reilly may use those edits in a second edition, if it's made available. If you want to read the book (or improve it), it's available now on Wikipedia's help page.

AllFacebook, a blog that covers the world of Facebook, launched a tool Tuesday that will allow users to search and sort Facebook pages by category or statistics, like fans or daily growth rate. According to data compiled by the tool, Facebook's top page, ranked by the number of fans, is Barack Obama's. Second is Coca-Cola's page and third is Homer Simpson's Facebook page. The tool will be updated daily.

Comment management service, Disqus, now allows its users to pull Friendfeed comments about their blog posts and post them on their blog. Disqus' new tool will take comments from the respective blog's RSS feed in FriendFeed and post them automatically in the corresponding blog post. The new feature is available now for all Disqus users.

Fring, a company that provides mobile VoIP IM services, announced Tuesday that it's bringing a Last.fm mobile app to its client. The app will feature Last.fm's music recommendation engine, as well as its social features. According to the company, Fring users will be able to access their Last.fm library, tag songs, and check on a friend's music tastes. The Last.fm app is free and available now to Fring users.

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