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Just downloaded Google Drive and uploaded some files. Seems to work like drop box only you can shove more onto it.
Obviously Twitter is aflutter with 'careful, Google own everything you put on there' so I've uploaded a pile of old rubbish as a test.
If you suddenly read half finished, half baked senseless trash written by me, we'll have proof positive that Google are evil beyond redemption
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I must try it myself :o)
 
But Google have a "What you upload stays yours" policy, just like the pictures you upload here and on Picasa :D
 
+Martyn Drake Oh, of course, that is annoyingly intelligent. I'll give that a go. I know dropbox leaks like a sieve and I use that all the time
 
But Google's servers are mostly in the US, which means your content can be seized at any time by any of the US TLAs
 
They tell me my G drive is not ready - who's hogging all the space?? :)
 
Just picked up my Android mobile and it was installing Google drive automatically without asking me.
 
+Jim Pearson - Google Drive replaces Google Docs - you must have had that application installed
 
Dropbox had this test a month or two back with their new auto-upload from camera version and for every half a gig you uploaded, they gave you a new one up to 5gb. it wasn't a bad deal.
 
Ahh thanks for that +John Elstone yes I did have g docs installed. I remember Google saying that Google docs was part of the new drive, I didn't think it was replacing it
 
Can't they create google drive through. All my fast food in one place.
 
Mine also said it was not ready clicked the link to inform me when it was and got the email a couple of hours later saying it was ready
 
Mine is not yet ready, apparently... But I will probably use my GDrive more than I have ever used my Dropbox and Box accounts. Simply because I trust Google more than I trust them.

Being subject to US law is my only major gripe with Google. I feel different laws should be in place for the likes of world wide internet companies like Google. Users do not get a choice over where their data is physically stored, the company decides that.
 
I'm suddenly regretting having always posted nothing but a pile of old rubbish. That test won't work for me.
 
As with everything Google, it's all about creating a framework that others build upon, hopefully to the point that you can't work without it. Expect Google Drive-enabled apps in the store ASAP - https://developers.google.com/drive/
 
+Martyn Drake I have a google apps account but my drive is on my normal personal gmail account
 
Great, Google Drive, then I find No iOS version (yet) and No version for my tablet since Google locks it out of the Google play market. Not a lot of drive left in the announcement for me.
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From my admittedly limited legal learnings (all gathered working for a computer manufacturer who fought tooth and nail never to give refunds. I walked out of the job - proudest moment on my corporate CV) the reason for the, what people call "Google are reading all my files, helpz!" T&C is that they need to cover the legalities of duplicating files across multiple systems. You need to give the big G that permission to push out your files.

Obviously if I'm wrong and my shopping list is used for AdWords training I will be eating my socks in shame
 
Given Google are late to the party compared to DropBox (heck even later than Microsoft's SkyDrive) they're trying to find unique selling points. Automatic image recognition and optical character reading will make your uploaded content searchable. I'm sure those in the legal profession will do a better job of working out if Google are claiming their able to mess with your copyright but I very much suspect they're covering their own arses to allow their search algorithms to skip freely through your content for the purposes of indexing it all.
User's blindness to T&Cs is evident with the amount of data people pour into Facebook each day without really much hope of sharing that data outside Facebook's walls. So if Google is helping to unlock the data within your content then I'm sure most with nothing to hide will happily seize it with both hands and think it's great.
Given that Google have been making improvements to Google+ based on user feedback, if there are any glaring holes in this offering they'll have to patch them up if they've got a chance of grabbing yet another slice of the cloud.
 
"If you suddenly read half finished, half baked senseless trash written by me..." - have you been using the beta version for a few years already? ;)
 
Looks like I'll be sticking with Dropbox for the time being - Linux support is something of a clincher.
 
Google are getting there but need to integrate their products even more. Why do I need to upload my photos to Drive (and presumably use up the 5Gb) when I can freely (and automatically) upload them to picasa/Google+?
Ken Liu
 
+Steve Garratt I think it's a Google trait you see in all their products. Release fast and often, iterate and update. Whether this works well in direct consumer products is still up for debate. It's worked for Android, which I think is currently better looking and usable than iOS, less so for most other products such as google music, precious version of docs and chromeOS
 
A couple of years ago I started paying $5 (or something) per year for 20GB extra storage on Picasa, and when I downloaded GDrive last night, it automatically upgraded the 5GB to 25GB. Result.
 
That's very cool. Now all I need to do is find a way to serve up HTML content (and Hype widgets) from GDrive and it will be even more useful. I think I may spend some time exploring...
 
I was comparing these kinds of services recently and (of those free for corporate use) SugarSync came out tops; significantly better than Dropbox - more space, sync multiple folders, get download links for files, shared sync folders, etc. Google Drive has a lot of catching up to do.

Blatant self-service here, but if you use a referral link (say, like this one: https://www.sugarsync.com/referral?rf=bs5vejpj27kef ) it gives both parties an extra free 500MB, up to a maximum of 32GB.
 
Googles ToS are nice and simple and I didnt see a problem with them either. The chances are Youtube/Gmail/Docs servers are all next to eachother or the same server anyway. I dont see sharing data within a companys services reduces security much at all.

Compared too, say, PayPal which passes your data too 3 different 3rd party companies in their ToS and no one bats an eyelid :-/

The big worry is always the US Government though - they can take googles (or any other US companies) data without much effort these days.
The MegaUpload people might have been run by crocks, but lots of people had legitimate data on that site - data they have now lost, but the FBI can read over at their leisure.
John E
 
Google and Apple are probably the only cloud companies you don't need to worry about going offline and losing all your data.

When Facebook buys Dropbox (it will happen, mark my words), then there will be a third player.
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