Silicon Valley Firms Ramp Up Japan Relief Response

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) — Google, Twitter and other technology companies have been finding ways to help following last week’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Google Inc. has an online “person finder” for people seeking information about a missing person.

Japan Quake Disaster: How You Can Help

Twitter is trying to help organize the flood of information flowing through its system. It is suggesting people use certain tags for general earthquake information, requests for rescue and other related topics.

Gallery: Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Disaster

Microsoft Corp. is offering free technical support and temporary software licenses to companies affected by the earthquake. It has also pledged $250,000 in cash. Inc. and Yahoo Inc. have links on their home pages encouraging people to donate to the relief efforts.

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