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Google Set To Meld Google Drive With Chrome OS 109

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MikeatWired writes "Google will tightly integrate its new Google Drive online storage service with an upcoming version of its Chrome OS operating system, says Sundar Pichai, who oversees development of the company's Chrome products as well as its Google Apps online services. Chrome OS is Google's effort to move all applications and data onto the web (and its Chrome browser), but the OS still hasn't mastered the art of moving files from place to place. By integrating Chrome OS with Google Drive — the online storage service Google introduced on Tuesday — the company seeks to correct this problem. 'With Chromebooks, [Google Drive] is even more powerful,' Pichai says, 'because it just starts working naturally. Your local drive is also Google Drive. This makes it really powerful because you just don't think about it.' Basically, Google Drive — a service that operates on the web — will perform as if it was the local file system. If you open the 'save file' dialog box on Chrome OS, for instance, the system will take you straight to Google Drive. 'We'll effectively integrate [Google] Drive into the native file system of Chrome OS,' says Scott Johnson, Google's Google Drive product manager. 'All the core OS functionality will use [Google] Drive as a place to store data — if that's what you opt in to.'"
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Google Set To Meld Google Drive With Chrome OS

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  • by goombah99 (560566) on Wednesday April 25, 2012 @02:00PM (#39797601)

    So if you write a manuscript for a movie on chrome OS then you are giving permission to google to make it into a movie if they want. Amazing.

    Does this mean you also can't store on your G-drive anything you don't have permission to reproduce. For example, if I am reviewing a manuscript an I place it on my Gdrive then I've given permission to Google to reproduce it. Yet I don't have that permission to grant.

  • by SirGarlon (845873) on Wednesday April 25, 2012 @02:12PM (#39797783)
    For completeness, Apple iCloud's terms of service [apple.com] say:

    Except for material we may license to you, Apple does not claim ownership of the materials and/or Content you submit or make available on the Service. However, by submitting or posting such Content on areas of the Service that are accessible by the public or other users with whom you consent to share such Content, you grant Apple a worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive license to use, distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, publicly perform and publicly display such Content on the Service solely for the purpose for which such Content was submitted or made available, without any compensation or obligation to you.

    Which sounds pretty reasonable. The problem comes earlier in the "agreement,"

    Apple reserves the right to take steps Apple believes are reasonably necessary or appropriate to enforce and/or verify compliance with any part of this Agreement. You acknowledge and agree that Apple may, without liability to you, access, use, preserve and/or disclose your Account information and Content to law enforcement authorities, government officials, and/or a third party,

    So the "agreement" grants Apple privileges to spy on your data and pass it along to any unspecified "third party" or their choice, if they feel like you might be doing something they dislike. I read it; I didn't sign it. I don't think anyone should.

  • by SirGarlon (845873) on Wednesday April 25, 2012 @03:09PM (#39798537)

    The performance clause is almost certainly for other services besides Google Drive like YouTube.

    I agree that's probably the intent, but the fact remains that Google Drive's terms of service allow them to publicly perform your data.

    That kind of suggests putting all 60+ of Google's services under a single TOS was perhaps over-simplifying and not the best idea.

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