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April 24, 2012, 5:05 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.
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.
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.
More: Neowin and Gizmodo
Apple:
Apple Reports Second Quarter Result  —  Record March Quarter Sales of iPhones, iPads and Macs Net Profit Increases 94% Year-over-Year CUPERTINO, California—April 24, 2012—Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2012 second quarter ended March 31, 2012.
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple Profit Rises 94% on Growing Global Demand for IPhones  —  Apple Second-Quarter Profit Beats Estimates  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) profit almost doubled last quarter, reflecting robust demand for the iPhone in China as well as purchases of a new version of the iPad tablet …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
The future of TV isn't TV, it's broadband.  —  As government strives to keep up with the broadband age, the Senate's Commerce Committee held a hearing today covering the future of television, but midway through the hearing I realized that the Senate has it all wrong.
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
VMware buys big data startup Cetas  —  VMware has acquired Cetas, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based big data startup that provides analytics atop the Hadoop platform.  Terms of the deal haven't been disclosed yet, but Cetas is an 18-month-old company with tens of paying customers …
Jessica Roy / Betabeat:
HuffPo Cofounder Ken Lerer's Stealth Video Startup, Planet Daily, Raises $5 M.  —  Planet Daily, the new video startup announced a few weeks ago by ex-HuffPo execs Ken Lerer and Eric Hippeau, has raised $5 million from undisclosed investors, according to a Form D filed today with the SEC.

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Intel:
Disrupting the Data Center to Create the Digital Services Economy  —  I had the pleasure of joining Tom Krazit on stage at the Gigaom Structure'14 conference to share Intel's vision of the data center in support of the growth of the digital services economy.
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