The Wall Street Journal has reported that, as part of its strategy to shift the world to web-based computing, Google plans to offer PC users the facility to store all their digital data remotely.
It will apparently use a technique popular in less wholesome industries of offering potential customers a little bit for free initially and then, once they're hooked, charge them for more.
"Google is hoping to distinguish itself from existing online storage services partly by simplifying the process for transferring and opening files," says the WSJ.
On top of being potentially bad news for the hard drive industry, especially external, Google's plans will also be a worry for those who think Google already has too much insight and control into the information we have. If this does go ahead, Google had better have its lawyers on the starting blocks because it could get messy.