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April 24, 2012, 3:50 PM

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Sundar Pichai / The Official Google Blog:
Introducing Google Drive... yes, really  —  Just like the Loch Ness Monster, you may have heard the rumors about Google Drive.  It turns out, one of the two actually does exist.  —  Today, we're introducing Google Drive—a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Thanks Google, It Only Took You Six Years  —  Today's launch of Google Drive, official at last, is kind of a relief.  Internet rumors and reports have seen the industry discussing the possibility of a consumer-facing cloud storage service called “GDrive,” since as far back as 2006.
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Google Drive vs. the competition: pricing plans and perks, compared  —  Sometimes a table says a thousand words.  Now that Google has finally announced its cloud service, Google Drive, we're sure more than a few of you are crunching the numbers in your head in an attempt to figure which is the best deal.
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Gmail bumps free storage to 10GB  —  Along with the launch of Google Drive today, the company is tossing a bonus to Gmail customers as well: they'll now get 10GB of email storage at no cost.  That's up from the 7.5GB that users were getting before — and as always, that number will slowly creep up over time.
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Google Stores, Syncs, Edits in the Cloud  —  For years, some people who wanted to store files on remote servers in the cloud have been emailing the files to their Gmail accounts, or uploading them to Google's lightly used Google Docs online productivity suite, even if they had no intention of editing them there.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
What if Facebook isn't so special after all?  —  As the fateful day of Facebook's initial public offering draws closer, the giant social network's financial results are attracting more and more attention.  And while there are some blockbuster numbers in its recently updated securities filing …
David Pierce / The Verge:
Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight review  —  An ebook reader you can read in the sun — and in the dark Odds are, if I'm reading a book I'm doing it in bed.  At night.  In the dark.  That's not so great for ebook readers, which (like a paper book) require a light in order to be seen.
Myriam Joire / Engadget:
Google back in the smartphone sales game: unlocked Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ (GSM) available for $399  —  Hang on to your kneecaps, folks.  Google's just announced that its making the Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ available in its Play web store for $399 contract-free.  That's right: the unlocked, unbranded …
Reuters:
Proview owns iPad trademark in China -govt official  —  (Reuters) - Proview Technology (Shenzhen), which is battling Apple Inc in a Chinese court over the iPad trademark, is the rightful owner of that mark, a senior official with the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) said on Tuesday.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iPhone Activations Drop 43% at AT&T, But Represent 60% of Total Postpaid Phone Sales  —  AT&T today announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2012, revealing that it activated 4.3 million iPhones during the quarter.  The number marks a substantial drop from the 7.6 million iPhones activated …
Scott Moritz / Bloomberg:
Jamie Keene / The Verge:
Samsung's US Android 4.0 upgrade plans revealed, Galaxy S still excluded  —  A list of phones on US carriers set to receive an upgrade to Android 4.0 is now available on Samsung's support pages, providing confirmation for a number of devices.  It's not the first time the manufacturer's update plans …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Asteroid mining company Planetary Resources to launch first ‘Arkyd’ spaceship within 24 months  —  After releasing some details this morning, Planetary Resources is outlining its plan to open up deep space exploration by mining near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) for water and precious metals.
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
Firefox kills off favicon in URL bar  —  According to the blog of Mozilla Software Engineer Jared Wein, M.Sc, the Firefox team has just killed off the age-old favicon in yesterday's nightly build.  Wein states that the changes are set to arrive in the release channel in mid-July …
Frank Gillett / Forrester Blogs:
Why Tablets Will Become Our Primary Computing Device  —  Tablets aren't the most powerful computing gadgets.  But they are the most convenient.  —  They're bigger than the tiny screen of a smartphone, even the big ones sporting nearly five inch screens.  —  They have longer battery life …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
With $1.5M From Adecco, Path.To Wants To Be The EHarmony For Jobs In Silicon Valley And Beyond  —  The job-hunting market today is getting a little more social: Path.to, a kind of About.me-meets-LinkedIn service that lets people create image-filled, sleek professional profiles for themselves online …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD takes a swing at Intel and Nvidia with new mobile graphics chips  —  A day after Intel launched its Ivy Bridge combo graphics-microprocessor chips, Advanced Micro Devices is launching a new series of fast and power efficient graphics chips for notebook computers.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
PinDollars Brings Affiliate Links Back to Pinterest — But Gives Money Directly to Pinners  —  Here's a little hack meant to nudge Pinterest into sharing revenue with its curators.  PinDollars is a substitute for Pinterest's bookmarklet that scans pinned items and attaches affiliate links to related products when appropriate.
More: Daily Dot and Examiner
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Feature: “The hidden side of your soul”: How the FBI uses the Web as a child porn honeypot  —  The e-mail arrived in James Charles Cafferty's inbox on July 14, 2011.  Unlike most unsolicited e-mail on the Internet, the message did not pitch mortgages, get rich quick scams, or penis pills.

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