The Google News Initiative is working with the American Journalism Project to find U.S.-based founders with innovative ideas that can advance local news online.
Critics say the immigration policies make it more difficult for skilled workers to acquire visas and require companies that hire "high-skilled" foreign workers with H-1B visas to pay them close to an
average industry salary.
The French company, the parent of email service Mailify, plans to continue investing in R&D.
A report from industry organisation Tech Nation had found that R&D spending in the UK is lagging behind competitors, "The Telegraph" reports. However, the research does show there is a healthy flow of
VC into tech start-ups.
The move follows the appointment of Jeff Dean to head of AI at Google. Dean, who joined Google in mid-1999, helped to design and implement the initial version of Google's ad-serving platform, five
generations of the Google crawler, indexing technology, and query serving systems.