Stories April 15

Google now showing COVID-19 vaccination locations in 6 countries, funding 250,000 shots

As the COVID-19 vaccination rollout continues, Google today announced a number of additional efforts to help achieve distribution equity worldwide, like surfacing locations in Maps and Search. The philanthropic arm is making several donations to increase access in the US and abroad. Stories March 3, 2020

Google adds SOS alert following last night’s devastating Tennessee tornadoes

After natural disasters, Google often sets up an SOS alert for search terms of interest in the affected areas. After a devastating series of tornadoes went through Nashville, Tennessee, last night, Google has set up an SOS alert. Stories January 22, 2019

Wikipedia is leveraged throughout Google’s products from Knowledge Graph panels in Search to Assistant results on Google Home and other devices. today announced a $2 million donation to the Wikimedia Endowment, as well as making Cloud services and tools available free of charge to the site.

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New Fellowship lets Googlers spend six months on pro bono work

Google is known for giving employees 20% time to pursue other projects that might be beneficial in the long-term. The company is now launching the Fellowship to let employees do “full-time pro bono work for up to six months.” Stories November 21, 2018

Over the past few weeks, wildfires have devastated both Northern and Southern California. Founded and headquartered in the state, Google is doing its part to help relief efforts with grants and employee donations totaling over $1.5 million, as well as helping communities regain connectivity.

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Inventor of the web Tim Berners-Lee, and World Wide Web Foundation, today laid out an initiative to create a “Contract for the Web.” Aimed at defining people’s online rights, it calls on governments, companies, and citizens to “help protect the open web as a public good and a basic right for everyone.”

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