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When the office is a coffee shop, it’s a different buzz

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Formerly employed at a hedge fund, Antony Seeff, 25, has discovered he prefers designing his new social networking site at his local Starbucks more than at home. (Photo by Jill Colvin/CNS)


Doug Lange, 51, has been running his online business from the same Starbucks in New York for the past year. He usually spends four to six hours a day working from his favorite spot. (Photo by Jill Colvin/CNS)

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Despite its reputation for $4 luxury Frappuccinos, Starbucks (and its Wi-Fi-providing cousins) is actually more crowded today than before the crash, thanks to a growing legion of laid-off workers who are turning to coffee cafes as makeshift office space.