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Mystery solved: Google barge function unveiled

Mystery barges with construction of shipping containers have appeared in San Francisco and Portland, Maine, prompting online rumors that the barges are affiliated with a Google project.
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Mystery barges with construction of shipping containers have appeared in San Francisco and Portland, Maine, prompting online rumors that the barges are affiliated with a Google project.

Internet giant Google says it is exploring using two large barges on the East and West coasts as interactive learning centers.

A statement released Wednesday from Google's press center helps end weeks of speculation about the purpose of structures on two barges, one being built in the San Francisco Bay, another now floating off Portland, Maine.

The press statement reads: "Google Barge ... A floating data center? A wild party boat? A barge housing the last remaining dinosaur? Sadly, none of the above."

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Google says "although it's still early days and things may change," the company is exploring using the barge as an interactive space where people can learn about new technology.

In a follow up, a Google spokeswoman said the company was referring to both barges.

—By Associated Press.

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