Will Google Drive launch next week?

March 27, 2012

Drive, Google’s cloud storage service, may launch next week according to a report. VentureBeat.com reports:

Google’s long-awaited Drive cloud storage service might finally arrive during the first week of April, according to a thinly sourced GigaOM report.

In early February, we heard that Google would soon launch a cloud storage service similar to Dropbox, Box, Microsoft’s SkyDrive, and Amazon CloudDrive. Drive’s offerings will most closely resemble Dropbox, which gives users access to cloud-connected storage on smartphones, tablets, Macs, and PCs.

Google did not immediately respond with request for comment.

Even with the GigaOM story on hand, the timing of the release could be off slightly. Founder and senior writer Om Malik felt the need to bold the word “might” twice in his piece to shield himself from his “well placed” anonymous sources being wrong.

In other Google news, tickets for the company’s Input/Output developers conference sold out in under an hour today. The Post’s Hayley Tsukayama reports:

Tickets went on sale for Google’s Input/Output developers conference at 10 a.m., Eastern on Tuesday. But if you don’t have your pass yet, you’re out of luck. All tickets sold out in around half an hour.

The demand for the tickets continued despite Google’s efforts to make the event a little more exclusive, including hiking the price of admission. The tickets for the three-day event were $900, though there were a limited number of academic tickets for $300, which sold out in minutes. It was record-setting sellout for Google, which passed out all of its tickets in just under an hour last year, The Verge reported.

It looks like Google will finally open the doors of its Campus building in London on Thursday, The Verge reports:

Google is set is officially open its seven-story Campus — a "co-working space" for tech entrepreneurs and startups — in East London's Tech City on Thursday. The building is meeting and learning place with that'll host events and speaker series, as well as mentoring from Google employees and others in the tech space to help startups get going. It's not just a place for people to visit though — permanent works spaces are available for rent, and the building is open 24/7 to residents. Like any good workspace, the building has a cafe, showers, rooftop terrace, bike racks, a pool table, and a "chill out area."

The Campus is located in London's Silicon Roundabout — also known as Tech City — an area that's become a sort of British Silicon Valley in the past few years. Startups like Last.fm, TweetDeck, and Dopplr all had offices in the area, and big companies like Cisco, Vodafone, and Intel are part of the neighborhood, too. Seedcamp, which offers a standard investment of €50,000 in exchange for an 8 to 10 percent stake in a startup, and TechHub, which helps facilitate meetings between entrepreneurs, developers, and more to meet and (hopefully) work together, are both a part of Campus alongside Google.

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