Google donates $2.8 million to support Wikipedia

Last updated 08:39 18/02/2010

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Google is giving US$2 million (NZ$2.8m) to the foundation that runs Wikipedia, matching the largest donation ever made to the popular internet encyclopedia.

The grant announced Wednesday catapulted the Wikimedia Foundation beyond its US$10.6 million revenue target for the fiscal year ending in June, a spokesman said.

Google made its grant six months after Wikimedia got a US$2 million donation from the investment arm of eBay founder Pierre Omidyar.

The nonprofit Wikimedia has received donations from more than 240,000 people so far this fiscal year, primarily in small amounts from Wikipedia's users and unpaid contributors. The internet encyclopedia consists of more than 14 million entries written by volunteers in more than 270 languages.

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