The Google Gets Frugal?
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Happy Halloween and all that.
Okay, now that I've gotten that outta the way.
The New York Post is reporting that the Google is getting frugal when it comes to dining in at the Googleateria in NYC.
Apparently a memo made the rounds to its NY-based workforce that Google was slimming down its cafeteria hours and food selection to help find some efficiencies.
Look, I don't even work at Google but I have to say this is taking it all too far.
Free food at Google is a right, not a privilege.
What's next, "Google Gruel?" Complete with organic granola and farm-fresh raisins made from labor-free grapes?
The most dramatic belt-tightening move at Google apparently comes in the form of shaving 30 minutes off the breakfast, lunch, and dinner feeding times.
Listen, I've eaten at the cafeterias in both the Mountain View and NYC offices of Google. Go there at lunchtime and you might as well be standing in front of a train that's boarding at Grand Central Station.
Shaving 30 minutes off the feeding time could create a feeding frenzy that...oh, the horror.
It's just unimaginable, thinking about all my friends there fighting over that last scrap of sea urchin.
Kara Swisher with the Wall Street Journal's "All Things Digital" blog suggests there may be something else surfacing on the new and leaner Google menu: Chicken.
No, not Kiev.
Chicken, as in, is that the game Google is playing with the Justice Department as it and the Yahoo! think of walking away from their search advertising deal?
Kara's betting her Barry Manilow record collection that the Goog will back away from the deal and soon
(Oh! Oh! Oh! Can I have the original LP of "Even Now"?!!)
I'm not sure either will be going to the Copacabana together anytime soon, but the deal that would have allowed Google to sell advertising for some of Yahoo's online advertising space has drawn criticism from advertisers everywhere.
If it does go through, I just want to be reassured that the employees of the GoogleHoo mashup are well fed...just preferably not all at the same time.