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Star Wars Blu Ray Release Tapped For Cancer Awareness Campaign Star Wars Blu Ray Release Tapped For Cancer Awareness Campaign

Today is the official release day of the much-anticipated Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray. While this is already big news for fans of the films, you might have noticed that it’s been receiving a little more attention lately …

Snooze For Charity With This New iPhone App Snooze For Charity With This New iPhone App
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Call this the digital swear jar. The people over at the LetGive organization want to use technology to help people dontate to charity. One of their stated goals is to “empower users of mobile applications to do good simply by …

McDonald’s Starts Plant A Tree Movement, Reddit Decides To Help McDonald’s Starts Plant A Tree Movement, Reddit Decides To Help

The power of the Internet can be summed quite nicely with the concept of crowdsourcing. Using the Internet to organize like-minded individuals for a common cause–in this case, McDonald’s and their Plant a Tree movement–has caused many different events and …

Hungry Children Being Fed Thanks To StumbleUpon Users Hungry Children Being Fed Thanks To StumbleUpon Users

StumbleUpon is helping feed hungry Somalis at a refugee camp in Kenya. Martin Penner with the World Food Programme spoke in the following video, telling StumbleUpon users, “My colleagues at headquarters have told me that thanks to Stumblers like you, …

US Open Golf Tourney Underway, PGA Tour Players Go Viral For Charity US Open Golf Tourney Underway, PGA Tour Players Go Viral For Charity
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The second Major of the year and undoubtedly the toughest, The U.S. Open, kicked off today at the famed Blue Course at the Congressional Club in Bethesda, Maryland. As Tiger Woods news tends to be the star of any PGA …

GoDaddy Sets Philanthropy Record GoDaddy Sets Philanthropy Record
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GoDaddy announced today that it has already donated more money to charities in 2011 than it did all of last year, which was $3.4 million. This year, the company says GoDaddy Cares, it’s philanthropic arm, surpassed the $4.2 million mark …

GoDaddy Brings Up the Elephant Ordeal in Press Release About Haiti Donations GoDaddy Brings Up the Elephant Ordeal in Press Release About Haiti Donations
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As reported a few weeks ago, GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons tweeted that the company was donating $500,000 to the charity Hope for Haiti, the second such donation it had made since the earthquake in Haiti in early 2010. Despite numerous …

eBay Acquires WHERE, MissionFish eBay Acquires WHERE, MissionFish
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Two bits of acquisition news coming out of eBay today. First, the company has completed its previously announced acquisition of location media company WHERE. Terms of the deal were still not revealed. “Local commerce companies like WHERE are blurring the …

Charlie Sheen Uses Twitter to Help Alabama Tornado Relief Effort Charlie Sheen Uses Twitter to Help Alabama Tornado Relief Effort
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Twitter phenomenon, fired television actor and tiger blood carrier Charlie Sheen may be using his recently acquired super-celebrity for a good cause.

Last night he tweeted that he was on his way to Alabama on a “recon mission.”

GoDaddy Follows Up Elephant-Killing Ordeal with Donations to Haiti Charity GoDaddy Follows Up Elephant-Killing Ordeal with Donations to Haiti Charity
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As the GoDaddy elephant killing controversy receives less attention, CEO Bob Parsons has returned to tweeting. We reported yesterday that he had broken his Twitter silence, albeit without further reference to the ordeal. He has now followed up his returning …

Google Launches Messages For Japan Google Launches Messages For Japan
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In the aftermath of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in northern Japan, there has been an outpouring of support from people all over the world – both emotionally and financially. We’ve heard some great stories about how technology has aided …

GoDaddy Elephant Killing Leads to Competitor Raising $20K to Save Elephants GoDaddy Elephant Killing Leads to Competitor Raising $20K to Save Elephants
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GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons recently took a vacation in Africa, where he hunted an elephant, posted video of the killing and slaughter of the elephant, and and tweeted it out to the world. You’ve probably heard the story by now. …

Facebook Helps McRunner Raise Money For Charity
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Call him the anti-Morgan Spurlock. Instead of gorging himself on fast food in order to destroy his health, prove a point and make a splash at Sundance, Joe D’Amico is using fast food to train for a marathon. An admitted …

Google Announces $20 Million Donation To Charities
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This week, tens of millions of people are resuming their normal work/school habits, perhaps packing up holiday decorations and definitely returning to less-than-merry states of mind.  But Google’s not quite through being cheery, as the company announced this morning that it’s donating $20 million to charity.

Google Raises $1 Million in Charity From Chrome Extension
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Last week, Google launched a Chrome extension in which every tab users opened would contribute to charitable donations to The Nature Conservancy, charity: water, Un Techo para mi País, Doctors Without Borders, and Room to Read for planting trees, providing clean water, building sh

Livestrong Aims to Beat #beatcancer Hashtag Record

LiveStrong CEO Doug Ulman spoke at the BlogWorld & New Media Expo today, where he announced an initiative to beat a record set last year for tweets with the #beatcancer hashtag. Last year’s record was 209,000 and change. This time PayPal and SWAGG will donate 5 cents for every hashtag. It starts at 9:00 AM on 10/15. 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Announces Startup:Education
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As noted earlier this week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is donating $100 million to public schools, starting in Newark, New Jersey. He’s set up a foundation called Startup:Education. 

Facebook Goes Back to the University, A New Spin on Online Charities
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Facebook has launched a "Universities on Facebook" page to "help students and campus organizations discover how to take full advantage of Facebook’s features to publicize events, distribute content, and foster community and school spirit."

The company has also acquired an interesting search patent for ranking based on click frequency.

PayPal Adds Donation Feature to iPhone, iPad App

PayPal has launched an update to its mobile app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. It now has a donation feature that lets users donate to over 23,000 charities in the U.S., UK. and Canada.

Using Social Media To Help Those In Need

One of the greatest aspects of social media is how it’s been adapted to helping charitable causes and non-profits.

From reacting to the Haiti disaster to raising funds for a kids school in Tanzania, social media continues to show just how much we can make a change where before we may have thought there was nothing we could do.

PayPal Talks This Year’s Twestival Efforts

Update: PayPal says this year, Twestival raised over $450,000 for Concern Worldwide.