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article imageGoogle's secret barge to offer high-end showrooms and party deck

By Andrew Ellis     Nov 2, 2013 in Technology
San Francisco - It seems as though Google's secret is a secret no more, according to multiple sources. The tech giant's barge on the San Francisco Bay is reportedly full of luxury showrooms, and a party deck.
According to CBS San Francisco, Google plans to use the luxurious showrooms to market their products, like Google Glass, to invite-only guests.
The project, which was created at their reported secret facility Google[x], has been in the planning stages for more than a year, and is directed by co-founder Sergey Brin, according to CBS News. It's an attempt by Google to "upstage rival Apple" and its retail stores with "dazzling showrooms," and a "party deck." The "party deck" is said to include "bars, lanais, and other comforts."
CBS San Francisco reported that the structure holds 40-foot "interchangeable" shipping boxes "that can be assemble and disassembled at will," put on everything to from barges to trucks, and sent anywhere.
The project itself has faced some delays, according to CBS News, partly because the Coast Guard has labeled it a "floating vessel" which requires Google to make sure the barge has federally-approved safety features.
In a statement Thursday afternoon, according to CBS San Francisco, Coast Guard Lt. Anna Dixon said that Coast Guard officials had been onboard the vessel for standard inspections and to "ensure" regulations are being followed.
Besides that, however, Lt. Dixon said the Coast Guard would not answer any questions about what the vessel is intended for, according to CBS News:
"Regardless of the company or entity involved, the Coast Guard has an obligation to protect sensitive proprietary information, as a company's competitive posture and business interests depend on it."
CBS San Francisco said that Google had no comment.
Senior executives got nervous, according to CBS News, in September when the media covered the "opening of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge," because they thought some might notice the big barge stationed at the Treasure Island nearby and ask questions about it. There was at least one reporter from the Bay Area who "made inquiries" about it, but a story was never written.
When asked about it, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee told KPIX-TV he had no idea as to what was going on, according to CNN.
"They've kept a secret from me as well," he said.
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