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Submission + - Google to announce online hard drive service

Mike writes: "According to research firm iSuppli Google is in final stage of launching an online virtual hard drive storage service. The service will allow users to upload files on big G's servers, which will be accessible through their Google account. Google will offer both free (about 50GB) and paid storage accounts. The research firm also estimates that search giant could generate significant returns (approximately $210 million per year) from this free service by placing advertisements on the storage-service website."
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Submission + - UK Could Ban Pirates from Using the Internet (gizmodo.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry wants the UK — and probably everyone else in the planet — to follow France's President Nicolas Sarkozy example and ban everyone who uses the Intertubes to share copyrighted files. The plan will force ISPs to cut service if they catch you downloading copyrighted material three times. A spokesman from the Phonographic Inquisition said that it's the only "real deterrent" to stop people from becoming criminals beyond their preferred option, which probably includes the word "Siberia" and "Gulag." But is it really a good strategy? Would the idea of being banned from the Internet stop you from sharing copyrighted movies and music?

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