OAKLAND (CBS SF) — One of the biggest real estate developments ever seen in Oakland, with more square footage than the new San Francisco Salesforce

Would typical open-plan offices be legal in California if software developers were chickens?

ROTFL!!  Some of them, probably not.  If, while sitting in your seat in its regular position, you reach out your wing, er, arm, and touch another developer, you are too crowded.  But open plan offices certainly are putting the squeeze to the geese that laid the golden eggs of Silicon Valley.