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February 4th, 2014
08:27 PM ET

Google told to move 'mystery barge'

(CNN) - Google might need a find new home for its giant floating showroom in San Francisco Bay.

No, the company isn't the latest victim of skyrocketing Bay Area real estate costs. It seems Google is under fire from state authorities for not having the proper permits necessary to construct the barge in its current location. The four-story structure is housed at Treasure Island, a small piece of land between San Francisco and Oakland.

The barge rose to fame late last year as a delightful floating enigma in the San Francisco Bay. The vessel was originally spotted by a CNET reporter and Google would not comment on its purpose. People had great fun speculating about the barge, guessing that it was a floating data center, a Google Glass shop or a luxury event space.

It was dubbed the Google Mystery Barge.

Eventually, Google killed the mystery, and some of the fun, by announcing the structure was going to be an "interactive space where people can learn about new technology."

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November 28th, 2013
02:45 PM ET

Happy Thanksgiving from OutFront!


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October 31st, 2013
09:24 PM ET

Halloween around the world: How do you celebrate?

Thank you for sharing your Halloween photos. Happy Halloween from Erin Burnett OutFront!

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Will "Thanksgivukkah" save Christmas? Retailers prep for Jewish super-holiday
October 2nd, 2013
04:20 PM ET

Will "Thanksgivukkah" save Christmas? Retailers prep for Jewish super-holiday

U.S. retailers announced their seasonal hiring plans Tuesday and it's not the doom and gloom some expected.

While Target plans to hire about 18,000 fewer workers this year, most of the other retailers are in line with last year's 12-year high.

And both Amazon and Walmart are hiring more workers this season.

That's a little surprising, as this year there are only 25 days between Black Friday and Christmas, compared to 31 in 20-12.

And unlike last year, consumers have only four – not five – full weekends to shop.

This is the shortest possible Christmas shopping period.

So why all the hires?

One of the reasons is Hanukkah.

This year, Hanukkah is as early as it can be, with the first day falling on Thanksgiving.

That means, all of the people who normally do their Hanukkah shopping on Black Friday will be forced to start shopping BEFORE Thanksgiving.

That's one of the reasons why you've seen stores introduce pre-Black Friday deals and promotions, using Hanukkah as an excuse to expand the shopping season by a few more weeks.

Amazingly, it's been 125 years – back in 1888 – since the first day of Hanukkah has landed on Thanksgiving.

What's even more amazing, according to blogger Jonathan Mizrahi, it won't happen again until the year 79,811.

Something to consider as we head into the craziness of the holiday season.


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September 27th, 2013
01:48 PM ET

Bill Gates: Ctrl-Alt-Del was a mistake

It's time for the OutFront OutTake.

For many of us, who use PCs, Control-Alt-Delete is an important part of our day. The way we log on and begin our day's tasks, and our get-out-of-jail-free card when we get locked up.

It's also moved outside of the computer world. Control-Alt-Delete has become a shorthand for quitting or rebooting something. Almost a catchphrase. FULL POST


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