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Thanks to +François Bacconnet for finding this and making a copy :)

Blog post about #gdrive appeared and vanished on a French Google blog.

See the original post for the copied French text.

Here's the translation as per Google translate:
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Posted by Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President, Google Chrome & Apps

Today we launch Google Drive, a centralized space where you can create, share, collaborate and store all your documents. You establish a budget with your staff that you develop a presentation with a working group or hosting a seminar, you can now do it in Drive. Download and access all your documents, videos, photos, Google Docs, PDF, etc..
Next step in the evolution of Google Docs and functionality of downloading any material, Drive will allow you to live, work and play in the Cloud.



Google Drive, you can:
Create and collaborate. Google Docs is integrated directly into Google Drive, allowing you to work in real time with colleagues on documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Add and reply to comments on any media (PDF, image, videotape, etc.) and be informed when other people comment on or wish to share documents with you

Keep your documents securely and access anywhere and any device connected to the Internet. All your documents are just ... there. Whatever happens. Drive you can install on your Mac, PC or download the application Drive on your phone or Android tablet. IOS version of the application will be available in the coming weeks. Drive is also accessible to visually impaired people using a screen reader tool

Search All. Search by keyword and filter by document type, owner, activity, etc.. Drive can even recognize the text content of a document scanned by technology OCR. For example, if you download the scanned image of an old newspaper clipping, you can search using one of the words quoted in the article. We have even begun to tap the image recognition: if you upload a picture of the Eiffel Tower in Drive, the next time you search the term [Eiffel Tower], the image will appear in the results

Open more than 30 types of documents directly from a Web browser - including high-definition video, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop - even without the proper software installed on your computer
We know that you need to access your documents in order to work everyday. Google Drive uses the same infrastructure as any other Google Apps services, which means it also has the same administrative tools, security and reliability, among others:
Centralized management: new tools are available in the Apps control interface for administrators to add or remove storage space for individual or groups of users

Security: encryption of data transfer between your browser and our servers, and check option 2 in time to prevent non-authorized access to an account by requiring users to log on returning secure code generated from their mobile phone

Data replication: synchronous replication of data in multiple data centers ensures the safety and accessibility of your records even in the unlikely event one of our data centers is temporarily unavailable

Availability: 99.9% uptime guarantee so you can be assured that your documents are accessible when you need it
Each user has access to Google Apps 5GB storage included in the suite Google Apps administrators can centrally manage and purchase additional storage space. When a user reaches the limit, administrators can purchase the necessary space of 20GB for $ 4 per month to 16TB (Google Docs are not counted in the quota of storage space).
Starting today, Google Apps administrators will see new orders for Drive in their management interface. Users of companies have opted for the quick launch, will enable Google Drive on drive.google.com / start and will receive their access in the following weeks.
Drive is designed to work harmoniously with all the products you use - whether Google products or third party service. You can share your photos on Google Drive + and will soon be able to attach documents directly into your emails Drive Gmail. Drive is intended to be an open platform, so we work with many third party developers, allowing you to do things such as sending faxes, edit videos and create models directly from Drive website. To install these applications, visit the Chrome Web Store and follow the events for more useful applications to come.
It is only the beginning of Google Drive, many developments are coming. Stay tuned!
 
Google Drive announce for France is was the first published

The post has been removed, but I made a copy in the comments.
#googledrive
Publié par Sundar Pichai, senior vice-président, Google Chrome & Apps Nous lançons aujourd’hui Google Drive, un espace centralisé dans lequel vous pouvez créer, partager, collaborer et conserver l’ensemble de vos documents. Que vous établissiez un budget prévisionnel avec vos collaborateurs, que vous élaboriez une présentation avec un groupe de travail ou que vous organisiez un séminaire, vous pouvez désormais le faire dans Drive. Téléchargez et ...
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the internet .. never forgets :)
 
I rarely use Dropbox but have an account --- for bigger Dropbox (or similar service) users, how does this compare? Better? MUCH better?
 
OH! And can I say that this post is a fine example of what is wrong with sharing here at G+. I want to be able to share +Gerwin Sturm 's GREAT post that accompanied the shared article but there's no easy way to do it other then copy/paste. Annoying as all hell-----
 
Well +K.B. Burnfield if you use almost use all of Google products like Gmail,Search,Youtube,Maps,Play,Chrome,Picasa etc then Drive is the best solution for you methinks ;)
 
I can already dump gigs of files into Google Docs and access them from any computer (which I do) for free so I'm just wondering how it compares.
 
I think the available Client software and the possibility for third parties to use Google Drive might make all the difference.
 
Hopefully there will be a great API released with the announcement. That'll make a huge acceptance even faster. Right?
 
The search functionality is the real additional value of the service, I'm glad to see that it is not just another simple cloud storage in the heap.
 
Sooo disappointed...I was expecting a clearer vision with focus. Like GDrive becoming a central file manager for Google services, and GDocs rebranded as Google Work Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations, etc.

Once again Google completely scraps all potential for innovation to go after competitors with copycat "me-too" products. /sigh
 
I miss two words from the blog post: 'sync' and 'linux' - i hope i am proofed wrong
 
+Hari Prasanth This is pretty much info, if you ask me. GDrive is basically a Dropbox clone with confusing editing capabilities. Are you editing docs in Google's servers or in your hard drive? Google really screwed this up..
 
+Michael Haubenwallner same here for me I need a native client for Linux and sync across all devices.. and +Okung Nyo there is a good reason why that post was taken back.. maybe it wasn't containing the complete information ???
 
as with other products google is not supporting us linux users... it really is a shame and I do not understand their reasoning... after all many of them work on a modified ubuntu linux distribuition :S
 
I prefer Gerwin than I to be Techcrunched, I never read that :)
 
Does this mean Google are increasing their cost of storage? I paid $5 for 20GB for 1 year. This article indicates $4 per month for 20GB :$
 
Have to say a little disappointed already with no mention of a Linux client.
 
"20GB for $ 4 per month to 16TB".... you can already get 20GB for $5 per year. And that pricing structure goes down, not up. It used to cost more but storage gets cheaper. I'm not saying I don't think Drive isn't coming any day now, but this post is bogus.
 
Google should just give 10GB for free, because most people flock to the service that it's easy and has the most free storage when a large portion of them will not even use the free 10GB.
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