Google donates $2m to Wikimedia Foundation

Google is to donate $2m to the Wikimedia Foundation, which runs and maintains Wikipedia and other...

Google is to donate $2m to the Wikimedia Foundation, which runs and maintains Wikipedia and other free, multilingual content for wiki-based projects.

The donation was announced in tweets on Twitter from Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and Wikimedia Foundation advisory board member Mitch Kapor.

Official announcements by Google and the Wikimedia Foundation are expected to follow the informal tweets, according to US reports.

The donation is in line with Google's generosity to foundations that promote a faster and more open web, but it is not yet clear if the move indicates a decision to abandon the Wikipedia-like Google Knol project launched in December 2007.

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