Google finally released an official statement last week acknowledging rumors about that giant floating barge under construction in the San Francisco Bay:
"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." Since releasing the statement, By and Large LLC, a mysterious firm working with Google on the barge released artist renderings of the finished vessel, complete with fish-fin-like sails. By and Large had the following to say about the barge: "We envisioned this space with community in mind, a surprising environment that is accessible to all and inspires conversation about how everything is connected - shorebirds, me, you, the sea, the fog and much more." When asked to comment on the renderings, Google replied with the same brief statement, refusing to say anything new.
· Google Releases Official Statement About Barge In The Bay [SFist]
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