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Google.org To Refocus Philanthropy

From The Wall Street Journal blogs:

Larry Brilliant, the executive director of the Google non-profit arm Google.org is stepping aside, as the company said it would narrow the scope of its philanthropic efforts.

In a blog post, Brilliant said that Google has decided to focus on projects that “make the most of Google’s strengths in technology and innovation.” He cited an existing project that uses Google’s aggregated search data to track flu activity and another designed to help produce cheaper electricity as examples. . . .

Megan Smith, Google’s vice president of new business development, will [take on] day-to-day management of Google.org.

Smith will immediately focus on “aligning Google.org more closely with Google has a whole,” wrote Billiant, noting that Google would start by putting more engineers and technical talent on philanthropic problems.

Full article here.

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