With Showrooms and Party Decks, Those Mysterious Google Barges Would Make for Great Bar Mitzvah Rentals
The mystery of those Google barges floating in San Francisco and Portland might’ve been solved, and so we’ve got an early candidate for the oddest SXSW stunt ever. For the past few days, speculation was that the four-story, windowless structures were giant retail spaces for Google Glass, and now KPIX-TV has all but confirmed those suspicions. Read More
The mystery of the supposed Google barges is no closer to a solution. At this point, it’s not even 100 percent confirmed that Google’s actually involved, much less that the barges contain an invading force of Singularitarian shock troops (our pet theory).
We do know that the Coast Guard has paid one of the San Francisco structures a visit. However, they refuse to say what, if anything, they know about the floating riddles. All a spokesman would tell the San Jose Mercury News was the drive-by was related to neither fire nor medical emergency.
However, we do have an idea how this how the scene played out. Betabeat’s best guess: Read More
Cue Silicon Valley brick-shitting: The latest batch of Snowden leaks suggest the NSA is hoovering up massive amounts of Google and Yahoo data, snatching it off the connections between their various worldwide data centers–without their permission. The project is called “MUSCULAR,” in case “PRISM” wasn’t Ludlum-y enough for you.
Google recently announced that later this year, Glass Explorers will get a chance to swap out their prototype future specs for an updated model.
Yesterday, the company released photos of what they’ll be receiving. It looks pretty much the same, except now it’ll come with a “mono earbud” that will make the apparatus look, if possible, even dorkier. The good news is it’s detachable, so get excited about another addition to your tangled sack o’ electronics. Read More
Over the weekend, rumors swirled in San Francisco about a mysterious, Google-owned barge that was creeping around (actual name!) Treasure Island. Speculation as to the nature of the four-story, windowless structure ranged from floating data center to, our guess, a Crossfit studio for Sergey Brin’s biceps.
Forget fighting off the Grim Reaper with devout attendance at the local New York Sports Club and endless self-quantifying. That’s not moonshotty enough for Larry Page. Luckily, he’s got the resources of an enormous American corporation at his disposal, which is how Calico, Google’s new anti-aging initiative, came about.
This isn’t like living through the prologue of a singularitarian novel, nope, not at all. Read More
What’s Fiona Wallice going to think of this? Google is testing a face-to-face video chat service called Helpouts that connects users and experts with a variety of skill sets. The search giant provides the platform for the service, which handles scheduling, payment and finding new customers. Read More