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Google Drive
On April 24, 2012, Google released Google Drive, a file storage and synchronization service. For as little as $5 per month, users are provided with 100 gig of Google Cloud storage. As an added benefit, this storage can be synced across multiple computers and is accessible from any computer or Android device.

The Encyclopaedia Britannica Ends Print Publication
With 244 years of print publication under its belt, as of March 2012, Encyclopaedia Britannica announced it would no longer publish its printed editions, instead focusing on its online version. At its peak in 1990, Encyclopaedia Britannica sold 120,000 printed sets in the United States alone, but as of 2012, only 8,000 of their 2010 editions were sold, leaving 4,000 left unsold.

Public Libraries Free Internet Access
It has been a long time coming, but as of December 2012, 100% of all U.S. public libraries now offer public access to the Internet at no cost. Users can either sign up for time on a library computer, or connect to the library wireless internet with their own personal computer.