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Secret Google Barge in SF Bay to be “Invite Only” Retail Space, Not Data Center

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If you have been following the news surrounding a mysterious Google barge that has been constructed near Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay, then you will know that no one has been able to quite put their finger on what exactly it is. Early reports suggested it was going to be a secretive data center, but now thanks to a “confirmed” source of CBS, the barge is to be used for an “invite only” retail space – complete with a luxurious party deck and exclusive Google X division showrooms. 

According to CBS, Google will showcase Google Glass, and other various Google X projects to special guests on the barge, with the company’s very own Sergey Brin overseeing the project. The barge is apparently constructed entirely of shipping containers, which will allow Google to quickly break it down, and then build it back up wherever they need it.

Naturally, not much else is known, as Google is even having certain Coast Guard members who board the ship for regulation purposes sign NDAs. So whatever it is, it’s neat.

Via: CBS

  • CensoredByU

    It’s full of Surface tablets. Google is finally going put that junker out of it’s misery with a Ocean burial.

  • CHRIS42060

    I really think they need to call in the Fringe Team to investigate.

  • MikeKorby

    Am I the only one who is rather disappointed that it is not a data center? I work in a data center and, quite frankly, it seemed like a brilliant idea…

    • Top Dog

      “I work in a data center…”

      My condolences; you should have studied harder in school.

      • MikeKorby

        Although you are certainly open to your opinion, I enjoy the work I do at this time in my particular data center. For having just graduated in May, it is actually an extremely great job where I make more than many of my classmates who had gone off to software engineering. Plus, it is a great gateway as I prepare for my CCNA. Again, you’re open to your opinion, and thanks for stopping by.

  • cloutist4

    Beedle’s Shop Ship

    • MikeKorby

      I vote to double upvote you for this reference sir, as long as I can procure a bottle on said ship.

  • MrT

    From their ivory boat all the wealthy invitees can look down on all us poor peons with their fancy Google glasses and secret nexus devices. I heard the guy from monopoly has a house on that boat.

  • Sean Bello

    Google opened up Area 52. crazy.

  • Stnkycheezman

    Nexus barge? Hyperbeasting time!

    “OK barge now”….how tall is Obama?

  • bcorrell34

    This is the one and only spot where the Nexus 5 will work on Verizon’s network.

  • morpheus282

    If I heard that right, they said the company that signed the lease agreement was named “By and Large” or “Buy ‘n Large” or something of that nature. Sounds like someone is a Pixar fan.

    • aldsgn

      that was my exact thought, and they said it with a straight face. 3 options. 1, someone at google is a pixar fanatic. 2, papers are faked, and reporters are too stupid to pick up on it. 3, wall-e is about to come true and we’re all going to live in space real soon.

  • Ryan Phelos

    This is where they will sell the Verizon Nexus 5.

  • Growl

    A better use of this money would have been to get another Google Fiber market up & running, because eff TWC, Cox, Comcast, Verizon.

  • joejoe5709

    This is one of the strangest things we’ve seen come out of Google. But seem as how it’s Google, it’s gonna be really cool whatever it is.

  • epps720

    Must be where they held the Nexus 5 and KitKat unveiling

  • Jeremy Martin

    I cannot believe how nosy people are and just HAD to find out what was in the box. They could have played this out for a very long time :) Google should have filled it up with rubber Androids. Wait till April 1st 2014 and have a huge unveiling. Open up the doors and out come the rubber Androids.

  • Colton

    Google builds a boat, Apple builds a spaceship. they’re both building something…LAWSUIT

  • Robert Willis

    Kind of a let down to me. I was hoping for more of a world domination type of thing.

    • joejoe5709

      We’re dangerously close to SkyNet as it is. Lol. ;-)

  • Mayoo

    They did need a bigger a boat!

  • Nayners

    Watch Google float this out into international waters, and do things not ‘legal’ here on land. Whatever that may be..

    • Robert Willis

      Monkey knife fight.

  • Jeff

    So how do I get an invite?

  • Green

    Maybe I can get an invite when I go to SF next year.

  • cheezer88

    I work for a construction company that has been able to bid on their data centers. I can attest Google is very very secret when it comes to their plans.

    • JT Esq

      “I can attest Google is very very secret when it comes to their plans.”

      Then how do you know? Are you saying you are breaking some NDA with Google? Now get back to your constructing…and don’t forget your tool belt, big timer.

  • Eric Palmero

    No one else is worried? This is where google will integrate glass 2.0 into people! Google Cyborgs!

    • DKDigitally

      I’d love a little Google inside me.

      • epps720

        Sergey may be able to help out with that.

        Sorry had to do it

  • DKDigitally

    I imagine the one in Portland Maine will do the same then?

    • michael arazan

      The news reports said there are 4 of them, one or two on the east coast as well

  • Steve B

    So quiet now that the hype beast is back to sleep.

    • Blue Sun

      I’m not sure if I want to up or down vote this. The hype beast was quite a roller coaster this year.

  • c_topher_v

    When you open a retail spot – on a barge – and make it invite only, you have made it in life.

    • Ian Smith

      Sergey must be having so much fun, that is seriously TOO COOL

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    • master94

      mhm and knowing my luck it will be the only place to get the Verizon Nexus 5 and I will never get a invite

    • michael arazan

      Sergey did it, He created his own Holo Deck like in Star Trek

    • stacyallen125

      If you understand what you’re doing, you’re are intelligent.
      Then don’t waste time and move to… alturl.com/ugpjo

    • Fred Packer

      Or a ghey orgy cruise.

    • Sector 8

      The NSA must pay well…with our tax dollars.

    • susanlawson124

      before I looked at the check ov $4001, I didn’t believe
      …that…my best friend was like really making money parttime from there
      labtop.. there great aunt has done this for only fifteen months and recently
      paid for the mortgage on their apartment and bought a great new Aston Martin
      DB5. we looked here, 2.gp/sjud

  • Pierito

    Googles building an ironman suit and selling the design auction style to all of the world powers.

  • Scott Willenborg

    They should invite the Rockstar Consortium out there for a “tour”…

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      Yeah and then they’ll sue Google for patent infringement on barge design >:P

    • KnowYourEnemy462

      A 3 hour tour?