Inside the Self-Serving 'Philanthropy' of Amazon, Facebook and Google
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Technology companies tend to couch their products not as businesses for profit, but as gifts to humanity.
The HBO comedy "Silicon Valley" so thoroughly mocked this impulse that I heard companies in the valley ordered their spokespeople to stop using the phrase "making the world a better place."
For the biggest tech giants, faux philanthropy masks an obvious customer acquisition strategy.
Making the world a more literate place
Amazon said a billion people in the world have no access to books. That's why the company recently pledged to donate more Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets and Kindle eBooks to developing countries, in an effort to make the world a better place by expanding readership and promoting literacy.