Oct 29, 2013 1:37 PM by Associated Press

Tech world abuzz over mystery barges in San Francisco and Maine

Three mysterious floating structures that have the tech world abuzz appear to have been registered by someone familiar with geekspeak.

The secretive structures - two in San Francisco and one Portland, Maine - are registered with a Delaware corporation as BAL0001, BAL0010, BAL0011 and BAL0100. In binary code used in computing, the numbers spell out "one," ''two," ''three" and "four." Currently, Nos. 1 and 2 are in San Francisco and No. 3 is in Portland Harbor.

Sharon Gaudin, a writer for Computerworld, tells the Portland Press Herald that the way the vessels were named is "telling." Online speculation about their creator has focused on Google, which has a patent for a floating data center that uses ocean water for cooling.

Neither Google nor Cianbro, the company outfitting the vessel in Portland, returned calls seeking comment Tuesday.

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