Google barge cruising from San Francisco to delta

The large vessel was forced to move from San Francisco because of improper building permits.
By MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer Published: March 6, 2014
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Google’s mystery barge floated Thursday to its new home in the California delta after the Internet company was ordered to move it from San Francisco.

The odd-looking, four-story vessel made of recycled shipping containers departed from Treasure Island to comply with a Jan. 31 regulatory order concluding that Google Inc. didn’t have the proper permits to build it there.

Google says the barge will serve as an interactive technology center when it’s done. However, various theories have been floated about its purpose. Among the most popular have been that Google is building a party boat, roaming data center or aquatic store.

Associated Press