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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos supports Press Freedom and donates $1 million for the purpose

The gift from Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post newspaper, is the largest the organization has ever received.

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Amazon, May 26, 2017: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has promised to donate $1 million to support press freedom, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press announced Tuesday.

“This generous gift will help us continue to grow, to offer our legal and educational support to many more news organizations, and to expand our services to independent journalists, nonprofit newsrooms and documentary filmmakers,” Reporters Committee Chairman David Boardman said. “We’ll also be better positioned to help local newsrooms, the places hit hardest by the disruption in the news industry and whose survival is every bit as crucial to American democracy as those entities headquartered in Washington and New York.”

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The gift from Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post newspaper, is the largest the organization has ever received.

The Reporters Committee also announced that it will support First Look Media and help administer its Media Press Freedom Defense Fund of up to $6 million. First Look Media was established by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar.

Bezos and Omidyar have cited a need for efforts to support an independent press.

Last month, Omidyar’s philanthropy, the Omidyar Network, promised $100 million over the next three years to support journalism and fight fake news. (VOA)

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Google may sell audiobook on Play Store

Google might soon sell audiobooks on its Play Store, media reported.

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Google has collaborated with getty images. Wikimedia Commons
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  • Google Play to introduce audiobooks
  • Audiobooks will be available on Google Play
  • It will compete with Amazon

In what could be a move to challenge Amazon’s domination in the market, Google might soon sell audiobooks on its Play Store, media reported.

News portal 9to5google reported late on Saturday that a banner appeared on Google Play for several users stating that audiobooks were now available on Google Play.

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This step of Google threatens Amazon's dominance over audiobooks. Wikimedia Commons
This step of Google threatens Amazon’s dominance over audiobooks. Wikimedia Commons

“At the time of publishing, that link doesn’t work and simply 404’s, but it seems to be appearing for all users both on the web and within the Google Play app on Android,” the report said.

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Although there is no concrete information regarding when the audiobooks would available on Google Play but it is speculated that the tech giant would soon push audiobooks live in the store. IANS

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