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Noticed on a blog somewhere that Google now has a location in Kirland, WA. Thought I'd have a look whereabouts, as I stayed in Kirkland while working with Microsoft. Turns out they are just across the road from the apartment building I was staying in (and where my digital camera was stolen, grrr). Have a look on Google maps. I was right on the corner of Central Way, and 6th - with my bedroom window getting all the noises from the early trucks going through that intersection.
Now why would Google set up in Kirkland? Couldn't be because it's a handy location to tempt engineers away from nearby Redmond?