Google mystery barge illegally parked, state orders it be moved or face fines


Speculation surrounds Googleís top-secret floating facility

While many are still left speculating as to what Google has planned by their now infamous “mystery barge”, it looks like they might have a hard enough time simply staying afloat… literally.

A state agency has notified Google of an apparent lack of proper permits for the barge that first caught public eye back in October. According to San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission executive director Larry Goldzband, the Treasure Island Development Authority — whom originally leased the warehouse to Google where the barge is being constructed — could also face fines if construction of the barge continues.

Google issued a quick statement to TechCrunch mentioning the paper works is under review, but hasn’t revealed their game plan just yet. Really, all Google has to do is move the barge to one of the permitted construction facilities in the Bay area to avoid fines and/or enforcement, something much easier said than done.

While nobody is 100% positive of the bizarre experiments Google could be conducting inside the barge, it’s speculated it will simply be used as a “learning center” or a showroom for Google to display and educate the world on all their high-tech gadgets.


Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Can’t they just create Google stores instead of being all fancy with these mobile barges that put them at risk with the law. That’s trying too hard.

    1. Nope

  2. You know you made it when you create floating stores that provide nothing more than educational services yet the media keeps talking about it

  3. Apple probably had something to do with this… >={


    1. Douchefags.

      1. You guys are seriously turning out to be bigger a-holes than what you claim apple fanboys are.

    2. I came on here thinking ” surely they wouldn’t say something that dumb and improbable but leave it to the phandroid commenters to prove me wrong

      1. Well I came on here thinking “I’m going to lighten the mood with an exaggerated sarcastic comment, surely the readers will understand this OBVIOUS sarcastic comment!”. But no, leave it it to this guy to somehow take it personal, even though he is in no way affiliated with Apple. My comment even has “/s” at the end to show its a sarcastic comment, for goodness sakes! Then he has the audacity to call us “a-holes”… #facepalm

  4. This is where they will create the GoogleNet AI and unwittingly begin the final days of Man.

  5. hmmm..what is Google building in the middle of the ocean..maybe a super computer that spits out SSN of terrorist…

  6. When this barge sinks to the bottom of the bay and Google Services instantly cease to exist mark my words there will be anarchy in the streets!!! All over a boat.

  7. This is just an employee party boat. Its going to be awesome!

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