Yesterday, while I was soaring on my way to Computex, Google decided to throw a little party to celebrate the opening of their new Australian Headquarters in Pyrmont. I hope they had a drink for Gizmodo…Considering both Google Maps and Google Wave have come out of Google’s Australian offices, you’d expect it to be a pretty special building. Well it is. It’s the first 6-star energy rated green building in NSW, houses about 350 Google staff, who all get to enjoy the luxuries of hammocks, beanbags and games consoles during work hours.
Also announced at the opening was the fact that Google are introducing Sydney’s light rail and monorail to its Maps service, plus Canberra’s bus service towards the end of the month. On top of that, Google are now archiving Fairfax newspapers back to the late 1800s, making them readily available to everyone through their search engine.