We don't know how Apple kept Google from revealing its latest project, but after iCloud was announced, the curtains were peeled back
If you powered up Google Earth or visited Google Maps and asked one of the programs to show you the intersection of Startown Road and U.S. Route 321 (35.588364, -81.26235), the home of Apple's newest -- and most mysterious -- data center, anytime before Wednesday morning you would have seen a blank space, like the image presented below. The satellite imagery stopped just outside of the construction site for the $1 billion, 500,000-square-foot server farm that we knew, thanks to a trespassing photographer and local television reporters, was being erected.
We still don't know how Apple was able to keep Google from showing off its latest project, but after Tuesday's announcement that Steve Jobs would present the iCloud at next week's World Wide Developer Conference in San Francisco, the curtains were peeled back. As of today, setting the right coordinates on Google Maps will bring up the image embedded above, which shows ... a sleek white box. "Lo and behold, there it was," wrote Philip Elmer-DeWitt on CNN's Mac blog, Apple 2.0. "A huge, white, nondescript building with a road leading in, a road leading out and almost no employee parking."