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Google starts one-dollar charity app 

The search engine giant Google has started a new app that lets people give just $1 to different charities. Its 'One Today' app shows users a variety of charities every day. The home page says: "Open the app, and you're presented with several projects to which you can donate $1 with one click. It's that simple. And most people can afford the occasional $1 donation." At the moment, it is only available in the USA to people with Android mobile phones. Google hopes to start providing the service around the world soon. Google spokeswoman Maya Amoils blogged: "We look forward to continuing to improve the One Today experience and to growing our dynamic community with incredible [non-profit organisations]."

The One Today website explained that: "Google has a long-standing commitment to supporting non-profits and to doing good. One Today makes fundraising easy for non-profits; it also makes giving simple and fun for users." Google believes the app will mean people can learn more about non-profits. It also hopes people will share their favorite projects on social media sites so that more people donate. It adds: "Do good daily! Engage with hundreds of non-profit projects each year and help contribute to their success." Ms Amoils wrote: "We're amazed by the great work non-profits do on a daily basis to make the world a better place, and we're thrilled to provide a new platform which helps [them]."

app – application for smart phone or mobile device (tablet PC etc.)
“I downloaded a Japanese language app for my iPhone yesterday.”
long-standing – existing for a long time
“I have known Fred since I was 10 years old, we have a long-standing relationship.”
thrilled – excited
“I was thrilled to watch my first Kabuki show last year.”
platform – an opportunity to connect with the people
“Play Station 3 is the latest gaming platform that connects players to each other using an Internet connection.”

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