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Wikimedia gets some Answers

Answers.com and Wikimedia to jointly develop tool with quick access to answers from Wikipedia.

Answers.com and the Wikimedia Foundation on Friday said they will jointly develop a service that gives people quick access to answers from online encyclopedia Wikipedia. The new product, dubbed "1-Click Answers, Wikipedia Edition," will be promoted through a tools page on Wikipedia's English-language site. The two will share advertising revenue generated. The agreement is likely to be implemented by the start of 2006, the companies said.

"Wikipedia is certainly the most dynamic of over 120 content sources found in Answers.com. Now we will not simply be using Wikipedia's remarkable content, but also helping promote its goals and vision," Bob Rosenschein, Answers.com chief operating officer, said in a statement. Answers.com signed a deal with Opera Software in August of this year, under which the search engine will be integrated into Opera's browser software.