Wikipedia gets $2 million Google windfall

Wikipedia has received a donation of $2 million from Google, with the search giant describing the project as “one of the greatest triumphs of the internet”.

Wikipedia gets $2 million Google windfall

“We are very pleased and grateful,” says Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. “This is a wonderful gift, and we celebrate it as recognition of the long-term alignment and friendship between Google and Wikimedia.

“Both organisations are committed to bringing high-quality information to hundreds of millions of individuals every day, and to making the internet better for everyone.”

Both organisations are committed to bringing high-quality information to hundreds of millions of individuals every day, and to making the internet better for everyone

According to the foundation, the money will be used to invest in server infrastructure and projects aimed at making “Wikipedia easier to use and more accessible.”

The windfall joins the $8 million already raised by the Wikimedia Foundation, pushing the company beyond its $10 million fund-raising target for the fiscal year ending June.

This is the second time Wikimedia has been lavished with cash recently. Six months ago, $2 million was donated by the investment arm of eBay founder Pierre Omidyar.

“Wikipedia is one of the greatest triumphs of the internet,” claims Google co-founder Sergey Brin. “This vast repository of community-generated content is an invaluable resource to anyone who is online.”

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