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Google’s mystery barges revealed as luxury showrooms with party deck: report

02
Nov
2013

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Incs mysterious barges, which prompted fevered speculation about everything from offshore data centers to floating research labs, may serve a more prosaic role as upscale party venues and showrooms. The multi-story vessels made out of stacked shipping containers, one moored in the San Francisco Bay and the other at the Portland, Maine harbor, are invitation-only luxury showrooms for Googles Glass wearable computers and other gadgets, according to local San Francisco TV station KPIX. The existence of the floating barges surfaced last week, when technology website CNET theorized that the San Francisco vessel might be a floating data center that would house banks of computers. Google was granted a patent for a water-based data center in 2009.

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