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Google Gets Even More Charitable With One Today App is the search giant’s philanthropic arm that helps enforce positive change around the world. Now the company is helping non-profits and charities with a new mobile app. Google launched a new Android app – One Today – in beta today. The app features a new charity or non-profit everyday in which people can choose to donate a dollar to. …

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Google Provides Millions To Orgs For Internet Access In Emerging Markets

Google announced today that its philanthropic arm,, is making new investments to improve Internet access in emerging markets. For one, it is providing $3.1 million to the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC) to help get local network engineering expertise to universities and national research & education networks in Sub-Saharan Africa. “Through labs and a train-the-trainers program, NSRC will provide …

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Google Gives $2.65M Grant To Energy Foundation, Pushes For Policy Reform

Google announced today that, the company’s philanthropic arm, is giving a $2.65 million grant to the Energy Foundation to support policy reforms that will “lead to more intelligent energy use”. Specifically, the grant will focus on electricity rates, access to electricity markets, and open data policies. The aim is for consumers to make more efficient use of their electricity, …

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Google Offers Resources, Person Finder For Flood In Philippines

Flooding from a monsoon has terrorized the Philippines, and Google has set up a crisis response site with related resources. This includes a person finder, emergency contact information, maps showing shelters, donation centers and the flood extent, and news and updates related to the flooding. Google Maps .8 minutes ago New Google Crisis Response site for the Philippines features Google …

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Mississippi Flood Photos from Google Maps Satellite Imagery

Google has put together a whole bunch of data and imagery from the Mississippi floods on Google Maps. On Google’s Lat Long Blog, Pete Giencke of the Google Crisis Response Team writes: Emerging as one of the worst flooding events along the U.S. waterway in the past century, the Mississippi River floods of April and May 2011 have caused widespread destruction …

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Google Partners With Biggest Energy Monitor Manufacturer

The Google PowerMeter energy monitoring tool may be ready to go from interesting experiment to omnipresent product.  Google announced today that it’s entered a partnership with Current Cost, the largest global supplier of real-time displays that monitor energy usage.

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Dr. Larry Brilliant On Monday, Google announced that Dr. Larry Brilliant from was changing positions and becoming the Chief Philanthropic Evangelist for Google itself.

Read More Film In Tight Race For Oscar

Anyone who’s troubled by the idea of Google being omnipresent might be better off skipping this article.  It seems, you see, that a film backed by has a rather good chance of winning an Oscar on Sunday. 

The Final Inch, a 38-minute film about people trying to eradicate polio, is up against just three other movies in the "Documentary Short" category.  It was directed and produced by Irene Taylor Brodsky, and filmed mostly in Afghanistan and India.

Read More Releases Documentary: The Final Inch, the philanthropic arm of Google has put together a 38-minute film documenting the "historical effort to eradicate polio." The film is called The Final Inch, and it tells the story of "foot soldiers" who make their way around India persuading families to get their children polio vaccinations. The film also follows a doctor who travels India’s backwaters detecting emerging cases of polio.

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Google Alleviates Privacy Concerns About Flu Tracker

Yesterday Google announced its Flu Trends tool, which tracks outbreaks of the Flu. Of course like with just about everything Google does, there are critics, and very often the concerns of these critics stem from privacy issues. This case is no different.

So before the speculation and criticism spirals too far out of control, Google decided to nip it in the bud, and address these things right away. A post at the Official Google Blog says:

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Can Google Save Us From Pestilence?

Google is sometimes called "evil" by its critics. Often this has to do with advertising or privacy concerns, but critics might want to consider the notion that Google’s efforts might potentially prevent the spread of plague and dare I even say the apocalypse. A bit of a stretch? Maybe, but watch this video from, and you will get a sense of where I’m going with this.

Read More Puts $10.25M Into Geothermal Research

Utility bills are always annoying, and as energy costs continue to rise, they’ll become even worse.  Google wants to combat this problem, though, and so has invested $10.25 million in enhanced geothermal systems (EGS).

Read More, Partners Create Indian Investment Company

Its current designation – we won’t call it a name – lacks imagination, to say the least.  But, the Soros Economic Development Fund, and Omidyar Network have created an entity that should be of great help to small- to medium-sized Indian businesses.

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Project Red Stripe Reveals Lughenjo

Google and Yahoo do good deeds on a weekly basis.  Microsoft and Ask also make the occasional selfless act.  And now Project Red Stripe, a team within The Economist Group, has unveiled Lughenjo.  Lughenjo is intended to be “[a] business that does good, and returns a profit.”

Read More Supports Believe Begin Become

Last week, Google announced its plans to set up shop in Kenya.  Now is showing an interest in Kenya’s southern neighbor, Tanzania, and has made known its plans to participate in “Believe Begin Become – Tanzania’s National Business Plan Competition.”

Read More Aspires To Charity, Profits has been getting a fair amount of attention lately. “The philanthropic arm of Google” was formed in late 2004, and, unlike most charitable ventures, is a for-profit entity. Although that sounds somewhat troubling, a recent interview with Dr. Brilliant, the Google Foundation’s executive director, should put any fears to rest.

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