New Googleplex Established In Brussels
Google has branched out (or more accurately, built up) yet again. Simon Hampton, Director of European Policy and Public Affairs, announced today that the search giant’s established a Googleplex in Brussels, Belgium.
Hampton explained on the European Public Policy Blog, "Until now, our small policy team in Brussels worked from temporary abodes. From now on, you can find us at Chausse d’Etterbeek 180 1040 Bruxelles, right in the heart of the European quarter."
A satellite view of the address makes it look like a very nice, green spot – exactly the sort of place you might expect Google to set up camp. Unfortunately, Street View’s not available in the area to allow for a closer inspection.
Details about price, square footage, and other relevant stuff are also lacking (although Hampton promised that bright, Google-y furniture is on hand, along with a number of game consoles).
Anyway, it would appear that this move signals a real intent on Google’s part to become and stay involved in European politics. Hampton wrote, "We hope to make our new Brussels Googleplex a periscope for policymakers peering into the future of the Internet."