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First grants announced from the Wikimedia Endowment to support technical innovation across Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects
The Wikimedia Endowment, the long-term fund established in 2016 to support the future of Wikimedia sites, has announced its first recipients of grant funding. The initiatives that will receive grant funding include Abstract Wikipedia, Kiwix, Machine Learning, and Wikidata.
Wikimedia Enterprise announces Google and Internet Archive as its first customers; allows new customers to self sign-up for free trials
Wikimedia Enterprise announced its first customers: multinational technology company Google and nonprofit digital library Internet Archive. Wikimedia Enterprise was recently launched by the Wikimedia Foundation as an opt-in product.
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