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Oops! Impending Google Drive tipped off by Lucidchart slipup

Google Drive hasn't even been announced yet, but all signs point to the cloud-based storage service from the search giant getting that name.


Google is widely believed to be nearing the launch of a cloud-based storage service, and another leak seems to point to the company calling it Google Drive.

Venturebeat reporter Sean Ludwig yesterday came across a posting in Lucidchart, a service that lets people create free diagrams, pointing to Google Drive integration.

"Congratulations," the posting on the site reads. "Your Lucidchart account is now integrated with your Google Drive account. Any new diagrams you create from your Google Drive list will also appear here in Lucidchart."

According to Ludwig, the page was quickly taken down from Lucidchart, but not before he was able to snag a screen capture.

Ludwig's discovery seems to corroborate a report from GigaOm last month, claiming Google was nearing the launch of a cloud-based storage service that would be named Google Drive. According to the latest reports, Google is expected to offer 1GB of free storage and additional storage for a fee.

If and when Google Drive launches, it will take on a host of popular cloud-based storage services, including Dropbox, Amazon CloudDrive, and Box. Although breaking into that space might be difficult, Google's trump card might just be its user base. As Google+, Google Docs, and the company's many other online services have shown, it can attract customers to its products by virtue of being Google and promoting the new launches through its existing services.

That said, Google has also faced its share of failures over the last several years, including the launch of Buzz, a Gmail-integrated social network that was supposed to take on Facebook. Even Google Music, which is still in operation, got off to a rough start after the search company launched the service last year without support from major labels.

A Google rep told CNET that the company does not "comment on rumor or speculation."