In Pictures: Silicon Valley's tech culture - 'We just want to be alone'

From a distance, Silicon Valley may look like a center for technical innovation. But it's more than that. Look closer and you'll find a home for social outcasts, radical libertarians and nerdy geniuses who dream of fleeing society entirely and building their own tech-utopias.

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A Brave New (Google) World Silicon Valley workers want to live in their own snow globe, and tech companies have bent over backwards trying to accommodate them. No company is better at this than Google. The Google campus is a world unto itself, with free gourmet food and services such as haircutting, laundry and exercise equipment. Google also provides free transportation, in the form of Wi-Fi-equipped busses, for employees commuting from San Francisco. It's a Google world after all.

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