Yahoo!, Youtube, Cruise Automation and the Golden Gate Bridge

Finally! I had a day to run around and shoot some stock.

Yahoo offices in Sunnyvale, Silicon Valley

I chose to head down to Sunnyvale to visit the Yahoo HQ.  Not that too much has changed, but I wanted an excuse to visit Weird Stuff Warehouse. Plus I wanted to do a little recon to see if there was any activity over at the Baidu and Renault/Nissan research centers. The only real difference notable at the Yahoo building was the flag up with “Oath, a Verizon Company” on it. BTW, weird name for a company…but whatever.

Yahoo offices in Sunnyvale, Silicon Valley

Now, on to San Bruno to YouTube HQ…. once again this was on my list to flesh out my stock photo archive of tech companies. Note to self, return in the morning when the light on the front will be better.

YouTube in San Bruno

Next stop was Cruise Automation in San Francisco. They’re GM’s self driving car research center. It’s funny- they try to make this a secret- the building is still labelled “Borden Decal Co.” But it’s hard to miss the Chevy Bolt EVs coming and going every few minutes with the funky Lidar antennae. 

Self Driving Car Testing on the Streets of San Francisco

And once I got more boring autonomous car testing pics, I headed to Crissy Field hoping to get some nice Golden Gate Bridge photos. I’ve posted a few here, but I did also shoot some medium format film too. Those won’t be ready for a while if they do turn out well. 

The Death of Marshmallow

Google, Mountain View, California (Michael Halberstadt)
Google, Mountain View, California (Michael Halberstadt)

A while ago I wrote a little piece about the new “Android Graveyard.” Google had a sculpture garden in front of a more prominent building on the Googleplex. They moved all their sculptures (I caught them in pieces getting touch up job in the last post.) Now they are in an out-of-the way corner in a peripheral building near the Google-central.

Google Android Statue Garden, Mountain View, Silicon Valley (Editorial Use Only) (Michael Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)
Google Android Statue Garden, Mountain View, Silicon Valley (Editorial Use Only) (Michael Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)

What Google started doing was unveiling a new sculpture with each OS release. Android operating system releases are named after sweets. Now with the birth of a new OS, there’s a death and a sculpture is added to the Android Graveyard.

Google, Mountain View, California (Michael Halberstadt)
Google, Mountain View, California (Michael Halberstadt)

This time came was the the birth of Nougat, and the death of Marshmallow.

A new statue at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California, depicts Android 4.4 nicknamed KitKat with an Android Statue made of KitKat bars (Michael Halberstadt)
A new statue at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, depicts Android 4.4 nicknamed KitKat with an Android Statue made of KitKat bars (Michael Halberstadt)

Here are a few stock photos of a Silicon Valley graveyard.

The new location for all previous Android Mascot Sculptures under renovation (Michael Halberstadt)
The new location for all previous Android Mascot Sculptures under renovation (Michael Halberstadt)

YouTube HQ

 (Michael Halberstadt)
YouTube HQ (Michael Halberstadt)

Another gap in my photo library was temporarily patched. I’d been meaning to give a visit to Google’s Alphabet’s Youtube HQ in San Bruno for a while. And this time I was just passing through anyhow.

YouTube HQ  (Michael Halberstadt)
YouTube HQ (Michael Halberstadt)

Turns out another subject on my list was right across the street. Walmart eCommerce HQ is a long way from (Ar)Kansas – apparently they are willing to spend top dollar for a spot in our high rent district.

YouTube HQ  (Michael Halberstadt)
YouTube HQ (Michael Halberstadt)

As is often the case, this isn’t a particularly interesting subject to look at. That having been said, these sort of stock photos are among the most used of those I’ve taken. Seldom do photos I’m proud of actually see the (back)light of screens around the world.

 YouTube HQ (Michael Halberstadt)
YouTube HQ (Michael Halberstadt)

Lighting was less than ideal and I’m sure I’ll go back for a repeat sometime. But at least I’ve got this covered. But how a company can make the fortune 500 list by hosting largely millions of funny cat videos remains a mystery to me.

Walmart eCommerce HQ

Walmart eCommerce HQ  (Michael Halberstadt)
Walmart eCommerce HQ (Michael Halberstadt)

On my way back from some other business I opted to take a detour through San Bruno. Searching for the address of YouTube, I stumbled upon a Business Insider article that Walmart’s eCommerce HQ was next door. Two birds HQs, one stone parking spot.

 (Michael Halberstadt)
Walmart eCommerce HQ (Michael Halberstadt)

Once again, not the most interesting subject. But I got the usual logo closeups and the like that tend to sell. Another box checked off, yay!

Walmart eCommerce HQ  (Michael Halberstadt)
Walmart eCommerce HQ (Michael Halberstadt)

Samsung’s new San Jose Campus

Samsung, San Jose (Michael Halberstadt)

Samsung, San Jose (Michael Halberstadt)

Despite the reputation for cutting edge technology, Silicon Valley is pretty backwards in a number of ways. One of the most evident is the built environment. Fortunately some tech giants are finally trying to make a splash with their new digs. San Jose’s new Samsung USA headquarters is on that list.

Here are a few photos I took recently.

Samsung, San Jose (Michael Halberstadt)
Samsung, San Jose (Michael Halberstadt)
Samsung, San Jose (Michael Halberstadt)
Samsung, San Jose (Michael Halberstadt)
Samsung, San Jose (Michael Halberstadt)
Samsung, San Jose (Michael Halberstadt)

For more photos, visit the gallery here:

Cupertino: The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree

Apple Computer in Cupertino, California (Michael Halberstadt)
Apple Computer in Cupertino, California (Michael Halberstadt)

The world knows the city of Cupertino for one thing only. Being the headquarters of Apple Computer. Jobs and Wozniak may have gotten their start in a modest garage in nearby Los Altos. Apple’s infamous HQ is at One Infinite Loop, and their campus buildings dot the periphery.

The funniest thing I found was walking down the street … in front of another Apple building there were a bunch of apple trees. They were bearing fruit, that was just rotting on the ground below the Apple Computer signs.