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Google is building something big just off the coast of Treasure Island. And with the tech giant keeping mum about the project, speculations continue to fly about what exactly Google is scheming. On Friday, CNET guessed the mysterious structure would be a floating data center—much like one showing up in Portland, Maine. But a new report this morning revealed that the building on the barge will actually be a floating Google Glass store, taking the term "mobile retailer" to the next level.
According to CBS's source, the traveling store would eventually dock off of Fort Mason, and CNET reports Google "plans to float the Glass stores from city to city by rivers," which sounds insane. If Google stays on track with its initial scheduling plan, the Glass retail flotilla could be in business by the holidays or early 2014. However, work at the site halted recently because, CBS reports, Google does not have a permit for a floating operation. We're betting they'll figure out a way to get one.
· Massive Barge On San Francisco Bay Likely Secret Google Facility [CBS]
· San Francisco's bay barge mystery: Floating data center or Google Glass store? [CNET]
· All Google Glass posts [Racked SF]