Apple preps Moscone Center for WWDC software extravaganza; reveals massive NC data center

“Crews have already begun putting up WWDC decorations at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, photos show. A team began applying company logos to the building’s exterior yesterday, in keeping with normal Apple plans,” MacNN reports.

“Moscone staff are also likely raising banners and setting up other material inside, but these were not immediately visible,” MacNN reports. “WWDC 2011 is only set to begin on Monday, June 6th, leading off with a Steve Jobs keynote.”

MacNN reports, “Apple’s North Carolina datacenter has meanwhile become visible on Google Maps and Google Earth. The building is located at 6081 Startown Road in Maiden, roughly an hour’s drive from Charlotte. For the longest time the facility didn’t appear in Google satellite imagery, even though the it has been under construction for many months and was captured on camera by a photographer, a real estate agent and a TV station. The sudden visibility of the datacenter — roughly coinciding with the iCloud announcement on Tuesday — suggests that Apple may have asked Google to prevent local satellite data from being updated.”

More info, photos, and screenshots in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Brawndo Drinker” and “Jax44” for the heads up.]

13 Comments

  1. “Apple may have asked Google to prevent local satellite data from being updated.”

    And, thankfully, Google has prevented local satellite data being updated for the last nine months so nobody can know what alterations I’ve made to my back yard. Google maps is always hopelessly out of date…

    1. But it’s Nowhere, NC, where there is plenty of left-over infrastructure (utility capacity, etc, and a *very* business-friendly legislature; e.g., they changed the start of the school year to accommodate the tourist trade’s desire for cheap teen-aged labour) from the demise of textiles and furniture.

  2. “The sudden visibility of the datacenter — roughly coinciding with the iCloud announcement on Tuesday — suggests that Apple may have asked Google to prevent local satellite data from being updated.” Yeah, but, oh boy is Apple missing an opportunity for logo placement.

    1. 3 years after my house was built it showed up on GMaps. 2 years later it’s still showing as the year following construction. So not only do they take a while to do new overflights, they then spend a couple of years getting around to processing it. Seems to me they expedited coverage of rural NC.

  3. If Apple would’ve asked Google to not update the satellite image, Google would definitely have updated the satellite image.

    I don’t honestly think Apple would’ve ever asked a favor from a slime bucket like Google, nor do I think they give a rat’s ass if or when that image came online. It’s simply not relevant.

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