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Google Gets Even More Charitable With One Today App

Google Gets Even More Charitable With One Today App

By Zach Walton April 19, 2013 | 1 Comment

Google.org 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 …

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.

Google.org Gets More Integrated with Google

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

Google.org-Backed 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 Google.org 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.

Google.org Releases Documentary: The Final Inch
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Google.org, 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.

Google Alleviates Privacy Concerns About Flu Tracker
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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:

Can Google Save Us From Pestilence?
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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 Google.org, and you will get a sense of where I’m going with this.

Google.org Puts $10.25M Into Geothermal Research
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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 Google.org has invested $10.25 million in enhanced geothermal systems (EGS).

Google.org, Partners Create Indian Investment Company
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Its current designation – we won’t call it a name – lacks imagination, to say the least.  But Google.org, 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.

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.”

Google.org Supports Believe Begin Become

Last week, Google announced its plans to set up shop in Kenya.  Now Google.org 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.”

Google.org Aspires To Charity, Profits

Google.org 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.