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Google ups value of big computing award

New support from Google Inc. will help increase the cash prize for the annual Turing Award, one of the most prestigious honors in computing, to $250,000 from $100,000.
/ Source: The Associated Press

New support from Google Inc. will help increase the cash prize for the annual Turing Award, one of the most prestigious honors in computing, to $250,000 from $100,000.

The Association for Computing Machinery, which gives the Turing Awards, said Thursday that Google was joining Intel Corp. as a sponsor. Each company will contribute $125,000.

The award, named for British mathematician and computing pioneer Alan Turing, was first given in 1966.

Intel became a sponsor in 2002, upping the award from $25,000 to $100,000.

Google's involvement is a reminder of how quickly the company has transformed from a scrappy search-engine startup to a pillar of the computing industry.

ACM's president, Stuart Feldman, is a vice president of engineering at Google.

And one of the 2005 Turing Award winners, Vint Cerf, works at Google as "chief evangelist."