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Google Drive fights privacy paranoia

Google Drive fights privacy paranoia

Google Drive may have convinced many cloud storage shoppers on the basis of wallet impact, but the search giant faces skepticism and doubt over the privacy of users' data. Announced early this week after years of speculation, Google Drive offers 5GB of free space and up to 16TB of extra storage at rates in some cases just half what rivals like Box charge; however, long-standing unease around Google's privacy policies prompted many to go digging through the cloud service's terms & conditions, with only confusion to be discovered.

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Google Drive falls foul of China firewall

Google Drive falls foul of China firewall

Google Drive has seen China's Great Firewall slam it its cloud-storage face, the latest service from the big search firm to be blocked from billion-strong population. Launched earlier this week to take on DropBox, Box and SkyDrive, Google Drive offers 5GB of free storage and the option of a monthly subscription for extra capacity, using optical character recognition (OCR) to pull text and objects out from photos and PDFs. However, Chinese web users will have to make do with homegrown alternatives.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: April 25, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: April 25, 2012

Happy Wednesday, everyone. It's the middle of the week and we have a whole bunch of mobile phone news today. But first, let's get to the subject everyone's talking about - Google Drive. The latest detail: Linux Google Drive tipped for May. Moving right along to the other big topic of conversation these days, the new entry in Samsung's Galaxy S product line, which has been teased and tipped to all corners of the Earth so far. Today, though, Galaxy S III specs appear in benchmark app. And in even more Android news for today, Android revenue revealed for first time ever.

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Linux Google Drive tipped for May

Linux Google Drive tipped for May

The cloud storage system known as Google Drive has informally been confirmed by a Google Docs Community Manager by the name of Theresa Wu. In a quite simple comment on Google+ this week she noted that the teams are indeed hard at work on a bit of desktop integration for the Linux environment, noting that the community should only have to "sit tight" and their prayers would be answered soon.

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Google Drive mini Review for Desktop

Google Drive mini Review for Desktop

The reason why Google Drive will succeed is its instant ties with the rest of Google's heavily branded set of services. That's all I really should have to say in this review, as all Google's web-based applications end up powering through with the brand power of Google (with a few choice examples of apps going the way of the appasaurus rex.) When it was announced that Google would be hosting a cloud-based data storage service, it wasn't because everyone expected they'd somehow be able to store data better than anyone else that there was a lot of excitement, it was because it was Google!

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Google Drive vs DropBox, SkyDrive, SugarSync, Box

Google Drive vs DropBox, SkyDrive, SugarSync, Box

As Google Drive ramps up to clobber the rest of the cloud storage services in the world, or so Google hopes, we've got to explore these services by the numbers one by one. If you're going to head to the cloud right now, where will you go? You've got more than just the small handful we've got listed here, but let's get started with Google Drive, DropBox, Box, SugarSync, and SkyDrive just for starters.

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SlashGear 101: What is Google Drive?

SlashGear 101: What is Google Drive?

What is this mysterious new service that Google has suddenly started offering to the public here on this lovely spring afternoon? It's Google Drive, and it's essentially just a bunch of space that Google is allowing you to use on their servers. Of course it's not quite as simple as that, and the ecosystem of apps you'll be using to access it are as much an adventure as Google's version of the cloud is itself - let's have a look at what this system means for you!

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Windows 8 Release set with Google Drive

Windows 8 Release set with Google Drive

It appears that along with the Windows 8 Release set for early June we'll likely also be seeing Google Drive sitting on the desktop in app from right out of the box. With Google Drive having its full release party today several weeks before any Microsoft official release of their up and coming operating system, it's very possible that both companies are allowing this cloud storage initiative bake for a while before deciding if it's worth integrating with the release of the new Windows software. Information on the possibility of integration comes to us in the anonymous tipster from a source close to the matter.

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