Google Drive Cloud Computing Service Offers Users 5-100 GB of Storage

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April 24 2012 3:30 PM

Google Drive Cloud Computing Service Offers Users 5-100 GB of Storage

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Google Drive, Google's new cloud computing service, has launched. Google logo is seen at the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California.

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There’s a major new weather system moving into cloud computing, and Google Drive—which launched today—would like to blow the others out of the sky.

The cloud service promises users 5 gigabytes of storage for free, with up to 100 gigabytes of storage for purchase. Along with storing your data, Gizmodo reports Drive may sport enhanced search engine capabilities. So while Google has been late to the cloud computing game, a sophisticated search tool for sifting through PDF and photo files with ease could give them a leg up against services already on the market, from companies like Apple, Dropbox, and SkyDrive.

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With more people using cloud computing to share and access files from different devices all the time, Google Drive’s release may force tech rival Facebook to consider writing another Instagram-sized check to acquire a service they don’t already offer. Whichever cloud you pick, the real question is: How will it mine your data to generate more advertising dollars?

Video produced by Krishnan Vasuvedan.

Ben Johnson is the producer of Marketplace Tech from American Public Media.

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