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  • Book review: 'The Idea Factory' by Jon Gertner

    Book review: 'The Idea Factory' by Jon Gertner
    For generations of industry research executives, AT&T's Bell Telephone Laboratories served as an inspiration: a warren of youthful scientists and engineers assigned to go where their intellects took them, not especially concerned about serving the corporate bottom line, picking up cartloads of Nobel Prizes along the way. Bell Labs was the model for, among others, Xerox Corp.'s legendary Palo Alto Research Center, or PARC, which spun out the personal computer, Windows-style displays, Ethernet and many other advances that delivered their bounty more to society at large than to the parent company.
  • Rocket test at Santa Susana Field Laboratory

     
    Test of space shuttle engine at Rocketdyne Santa Susana Field Laboratory site near Simi Valley.

    What would you say on 'What Would I Say?'

    What would you say on 'What Would I Say?'
    Let's be honest, sometimes there's no better way to waste time on a Friday at work than on Facebook. And after stumbling upon the addictive new website "What Would I Say?," wasting time got even more fun. The website culls old Facebook activity and uses...

    Rep. Janice Hahn calls on state GOP to take down 'fake' Obamacare site

    Rep. Janice Hahn calls on state GOP to take down 'fake' Obamacare site
    SACRAMENTO -- A website run by California Assembly Republicans has come under fire this week, with critics alleging it misleads visitors about the Affordable Care Act and one Democratic congresswoman calling for it to be taken down. The Assembly GOP...

    Winners of the L.A. Times' 2013 Editorial Awards

    Winners of the L.A. Times' 2013 Editorial Awards
    The Times' Editorial Awards for 2013, handed out in a ceremony Thursday night, honored both accountability journalism and what Editor Davan Maharaj called “the ever-growing types of journalism we produce in this Digital Age.” “This age...