Google combines free storage across Drive and Picasa, counts it toward paid plans

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Google conducted its latest round of “spring cleaning” last week, announcing plans to discontinue several minor features and to consolidate storage offerings across Drive and its Picasa photo-sharing service. Among the services being phased out are AdSense for RSS feeds, Google News Badges, and Classic Plus, which allowed users to upload their own background images on Google’s homepage.

Most notable, however, is the company’s decision to combine storage plans for Google Drive and Picasa. Previously, Google offered 5GB of free storage on Drive and 1GB on Picasa. Now, all storage will be pooled into the same account, with Google offering a single, 5GB pool of data across both Drive and Picasa. Gmail, it’s worth noting, appears to remain…

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