San Francisco may be seeing more Google engineers roaming the city's Mission neighborhood in the upcoming future. According to Financial Times, the Web giant has reportedly leased a massive building in the area for employee office space.
The 35,000-square-foot building is big enough to fit 200 workers and reportedly will be geared toward housing engineers who came with Google's recent acquisitions, such as Nest Labs, SlickLogin, and Boston Dynamics.
Google has bought several companies over the last year. Just yesterday it was announced that Google acquired SlickLogin, an Israeli security startup that uses smartphones and high-frequency sounds for identity verification on Web sites. And in January, the company bought Nest, maker of the Learning Thermostat and the Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector, for $3.2 billion. In December, it was revealed that Google acquired Boston Dynamics, which makes nature-inspired robots.According to Financial Times, Google already has an office in San Francisco's SoMa neighborhood and is also planning to open another work space in the South Park area. Google's main campus is in Silicon Valley and it owns several other office buildings in that area.
Over the past couple of years, several tech companies -- like Twitter, Pinterest, and Yammer -- have opened big offices in San Francisco. While the city's mayor welcomes the companies, many San Francisco residents have protested the tech-ifying of the town. The protesters complain of raised rents and gentrified neighborhoods. The area that has seen the majority of protests is the Mission, where Google's new office is said to be.
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