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Tue February 4, 2014
Business

Google Told To Move Mysterious Barge

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 8:12 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And our last word in business is a Google eviction.

It's an update on a story we reported on recently. A mysterious barge docked at an island in the San Francisco Bay. The barge is owned by Google.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Construction on the barge over the past several months has drawn the curious to speculate, was it a party barge?

INSKEEP: Or a luxury showroom barge.

MONTAGNE: Maybe a data center barge.

INSKEEP: Or even a wave-generated electrical generator barge.

MONTAGNE: Well, actually, it turns out to be an illegal barge. While Google has a $79,000 a month lease to dock the barge, it actually does not have the correct permits for the construction.

INSKEEP: So the barge must move. Although, we still don't know what it is.

MONTAGNE: Oh.

INSKEEP: That's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

MONTAGNE: And I'm Renee Montagne.

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