One Silicon Valley Town Curtails Tech’s Lavish In-House Lunches

Employees moving to Facebook’s new Mountain View office may have to—gasp—go out for lunch rather than depending on an in-house cafeteria full of free food. That’s because of a four-year-old rule meant to boost local restaurants who lose out from tech employees staying in the office for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Google employees can breathe a sigh of relief, as the rule applies to this new...

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