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No such thing as a free lunch? Mayer proves otherwise in Yahoo changes

Last week, new CEO Marissa Mayer announced a host of changes to be implemented at Yahoo HQ in Sunnyvale, California, including a weekly hands-on meeting, and complimentary food.

The refreshments at Yahoo's Silicon Valley URLs Café will be available to employees at no cost – a philosophy that Google has lived by for years, according to All Things D, which first reported the company's changes.

The news outlet also pointed out that the Friday afternoon staff meetings, as well as rumoured changes to the building's layout and upgraded merchandise in its stores, are ideas Mayer carried with her from Mountain View to Sunnyvale.

Yahoo could use a boost of employee-energising morale, following a rash of CEO turnovers, mass layoffs, and a security breach that revealed 453,000 passwords, all in the past year.

"It might be just a small thing, but people are thrilled," one Yahoo worker told ATD regarding the free food.

Still, Mayer is focused on the proverbial carrot dangling in front of the company, and that vegetable won't come free.

The former Google boss is pushing innovation among all of Yahoo's products – email, Flickr, search, ad serving, according to ATD's Kara Swisher, who quoted an unidentified source who called the changes "the sound of Yahoo becoming a technology company again."

Yahoo did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Today, the company announced in a regulatory filling that Ross Levinsohn, who had served as interim CEO before Mayer's appointment, is leaving Yahoo.