Box buys Streem to make the cloud part of your desktop

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The cloud? Desktop? What's the difference?

Cloud store-and-sync service Box has snapped up Y Combinator-backed startup Streem for an undisclosed sum. Streem, as you may guess from the name, provides a streaming service that lets users access content from the cloud without taking up any space on the local hard drive -- especially handy when dealing with large video files. 

"Streem has developed amazing technology that allows you to mount a cloud drive onto your computer — making documents, presentations, videos and files available to you without the limitations of your local hard-disk, effectively turning the cloud into an 'unlimited' drive," writes Box CEO and Co-Founder in an official blog entry.

As it stands today, Box's core sync functionality lets you keep files and folders in sync across mobile and desktop platforms. But that still requires a copy to be kept locally if you want to make any changes. There are administrative controls available to restrict what users can do with those local copies, and in some scenarios (like previewing on mobile files), no local copy is actually cached.

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