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Google's mysterious floating 'showroom' barge project has been scrapped

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Google's mysterious floating 'showroom' barge project has been scrapped
image by Portland Press Herald

Remember Google's mysterious barge, moored to Portland Harbor? Shortly after we first heard about it, we were told that the idea behind is for it to become some sort of a floating showroom for Google products. Unfortunately, it appears the project may have been scrapped.

According to the Portland Press Herald, the barge, which carries over 60 shipping containers in order to form a four-story high monolithic construction, has been sold to an undisclosed company and has been towed and moved to Turner's Island Cargo Terminal in South Portland, where the many containers will be deconstructed and recycled.

It is said that the barge could have set back Google some $4 million, and it had to pay another $400,000 in property taxes while it was anchored in Portland. Too bad nothing came out of the 250-foot barge, though we suspect the Mountain View-based company was able to recuperate some of the losses it incurred.

By all accounts, it appears that this is the end of Google's mysterious barge.

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posted on 01 Aug 2014, 05:48 13

1. ihavenoname (Posts: 1376; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Some say that Elop was found at the construction site, trying to make it a burning platform.

posted on 01 Aug 2014, 06:58 3

2. luis.d (Posts: 154; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


Masterful.

posted on 01 Aug 2014, 07:04 4

3. FYoung (Posts: 33; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


Too bad. They looked cool. They would have made great Google stores or whatever.

I assume they were cancelled due to regulatory problems, such as zoning or building codes.

posted on 01 Aug 2014, 15:49

4. JGuinan007 (Posts: 633; Member since: 19 May 2011)


So there is no info at all on what it was supposed to be or do? What was the plan?

posted on 01 Aug 2014, 23:17

5. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2962; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Ah, so much for Google's floating porn palaces for the Glass generation.

I am glad Elop has finally found a mission in life that I can support, burning down the Google Glass platform.

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