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Google confirms it owns mystery barges, hints they'll be interactive spaces for 'new technology'

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Google has finally confirmed that it's indeed responsible for those mysterious barges currently floating at several locales in the US. Even better, the company has revealed the first hint of what their purpose is. In a statement provided to The Verge, a Google spokesperson dismissed several theories that have been offered up in recent weeks, while leaving one popular explanation on the table. "Google Barge … A floating data center? A wild party boat? A barge housing the last remaining dinosaur? Sadly, none of the above," the company said. "Although it’s still early days and things may change, we’re exploring using the barge as an interactive space where people can learn about new technology."

Shortly after the first barge was discovered by CNET in San Francisco (others would soon follow), rumors began circulating that Google would be using the barges as a floating retail showcase for Google Glass. And while Mountain View's statement is brief, it seems to confirm that this may be in the cards. Glass is among the company's most ambitious projects to date, but if Google hopes to make it a mainstream success, it will need to familiarize consumers with the futuristic device.