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    Google Barge up close!!!

    Just want you all to know that i'm not some google guy, I only did this to get up and close cause news stations could not...hope u all enjoy, thanks :)


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    Google finally confirms the purpose of its magical mystery boats



    After days of speculation, Google’s mysterious barges were finally identified, and now Google is speaking out about the true purpose of the boats. TechCrunch received the following statement from a Google spokesperson on Wednesday: ”Google Barge … A floating data center? A wild party boat? A barge housing the last remaining dinosaur? Sadly, none of the above. Although it’s still early days and things may change, we’re exploring using the barge as an interactive space where people can learn about new technology.”

    The search giant has yet to release any significant details about when the barges will be open or who will be invited to attend the interactive events. Various news reports have confirmed that are currently at least four barges (although that number appears to be fluctuating) commissioned by Google, each docked somewhere in United States. Only time will tell exactly how the company plans on turning this extraordinarily strange Google X experiment into something worthwhile.





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    Google barge plans run aground


    The Google Barge has been sitting idle, with no construction activity going on, since late October. Now it seems that the project may not be complete until late spring at the earliest.



    Google’s plan to invade the shores of major American cities with floating retail outlets has hit a snag. CNET has learned that construction of Google’s barges has been put “on hiatus” in San Francisco after both the Coast Guard and at least one other public safety agency raised concerns about the company’s plans. Brad McCrea, director of regulatory affairs for the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, tells CNET that the Coast Guard has requested some design changes to the interior of Google’s barges and that Google will likely finish building the boats by the end of spring in 2014. McCrea also says that his commission is investigating whether Google will need to a permit to run floating retail stores off the city’s coastline.





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    Google's mystery barge ordered to stop construction work, leave San Francisco bay

    Google's low cost, super-sized floating retail strategy was assembled on a barge, but work has now stopped



    Google has been ordered to stop construction of its floating retail barge and tow the structure 80 miles east, out of the San Francisco Bay Area to the Port of Stockton in Central California after failing to obtain the proper building permits.

    The mysterious $35 million structure (above, with the University of California, Berkeley in the background), began rising last summer off Treasure Island next to the Bay Bridge (below) that links San Francisco and the Berkeley and Oakland side of the Bay Area. The project was originally described by Google as being a "temporary technology exhibit space."





    However, an investigation into the construction revealed that Google actually planned to use the barge as a floating retail store that the company's representatives reportedly described as "an important opportunity for the launching" of Google Glass.

    A permit from the Bay Conservation and Development Commission is required to moor a barge in the bay for any period of time, both during construction and were it to be moved to the City's heavily trafficked Fisherman's Wharf area to attract attention from tourists. Gaining such a permit requires a legitimate plan involving maritime or recreational use.









    Rather than just being delayed for months, Google's apparent attempt to make an end run around planning process resulted in a regulatory order in January to stop construction on Treasure Island and tow the structure out of region managed by the commission.

    Google must tow the barge 80 miles east of its current location in the San Francisco Bay to the Port of Stockton in California's Central Valley, south of Sacramento. The barge is supposed to be moved this week, by March 7.





    Google's plans to bypass environmental review backfires


    The floating project appeared aimed to skirting environmental review and public planning procedures, regulations that can add significant cost or delay.

    Apple's own retail store plans for a new Union Square store just three blocks from its existing San Francisco flagship location have been regularly delayed by the City's recommendations and planning reviews.

    Similar community input and environmental reviews are a factor in every major project, including Apple's new Campus 2 headquarters, which took nearly a year of public process to gain approval.

    Apple recently secured final permits for both projects, and plans to begin construction of both this year. Last Friday, Apple's chief executive Tim Cook reiterated that the company expects to complete and occupy its new Campus 2 facility by 2016.





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    Google’s $4 million mystery barge is headed for the junk yard



    $4 million is barely a drop in the bucket for Google, which racked up $16 billion in revenue in the June quarter alone. But $4 million is the amount Google just burned on its mystery barge, which is reportedly about to be dismantled after Google had tried to use it as a floating showroom.

    The Portland Press Herald reports that Google’s East Coast barge has been towed to Turner’s Island Cargo Terminal in South Portland, Maine, where the massive floating experiment is set to be dismantled. The 250-foot barge contained 60 shipping containers stacked into a four-story building that Google had planned to use as a reconfigurable private showroom for its various products such as Google Glass and Chromebook laptop computers.

    According to the report, the barge has been sold to an undisclosed shipping company and all of the containers Google was using as showrooms will be scrapped.





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