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April 24, 2012, 2:40 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.
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Google Drive officially launches with 5GB free storage, Google Docs integration  —  Google has just made Google Drive official.  As expected, the service will offer 5GB of storage space for documents, videos, photos, PDFs and other files, and Google Docs is built-in to the service.
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.
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.
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.
Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb:
The Google Drive Review You've Been Waiting For  —  Google Drive, the long-awaited file storage and syncing service, launches today.  If you follow tech news closely, you've seen bits and pieces of the news leaking out over the past two weeks.  We've tested it and we've talked to the team leaders.
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Apple Found to Violate One Patent on Android Phones  —  Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. (MMI) won a partial U.S. International Trade Commission judge's ruling in its bid to block imports of Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s devices including the iPhone and iPad tablet computer.
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 …
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.
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.
Scott Moritz / Bloomberg:
AT&T Profit Beats Esitmates on Solid Wireless Growth  —  AT&T Inc. (T), the largest U.S. phone company, posted first-quarter earnings that beat analysts' estimates after wireless subscribers spent more on browsing the Web, downloading video and sending e-mail.
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 …
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 …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Near-Final Version of Windows 8 Due in Early June  —  A near-final “release preview” version of Windows 8 is due in the first week of June, Microsoft confirmed late Monday.  —  Windows unit President Steven Sinofsky made the announcement at a Windows Developer Days event in Japan.
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Planetary's Riddle Solved: Snaring Close-By Asteroid  —  The riddle of the space asteroid start-up may be closer to being solved.  —  On Tuesday, Planetary Resources Inc. will outline in Seattle its plan to convince governments that the technology exists to snare an asteroid in space in the near future at a relatively low cost.
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.
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.
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: Examiner
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Citrus Lane Lands $5.1M Series A Funding For Subscription Baby Goods Delivery Service  —  Citrus Lane, the Mountain View, California-based e-commerce startup that provides a subscription delivery service of products specifically for families with infants and toddlers, has raised $5.1 million …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Macmillan's Tor/Forge goes DRM-free  —  Macmillan science fiction/fantasy imprint Tor/Forge — the publisher of titles like Orson Scott Card's “Ender's Game” — will sell its e-books DRM-free as of “early July 2012,” the company announced today.  —  “Our authors and readers have been asking …

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