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Back in October, the Los Angeles city council approved a $7.2 million deal to switch to hosted Google e-mail and application services. Now, according to a blog post from Google, the deal is done , and the city of L.A. is now officially in the cloud, with 34,000 of the city's employees switching to Google's online services for e-mail and collaboration. In the post, Google highlights the upsides of cloud computing: "The cloud computing system will improve the security and reliability of city email, transitioning from servers in the City Hall basement to hosted, secure data centers. Employees will also have a new avenue for collaboration with Google Apps in the cloud: sharing docs, sites and videos and editing them together in realtime as they work on making the city run more smoothly and efficiently and thus better serving Angelenos city-wide.