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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.

    Today: Feeling Unlucky. NFL's Risky Business.

    Hello. I'm Davan Maharaj, the editor of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines you shouldn't miss today. a img{ border:none; } .left{ float:left; } .right{ float:right; } .clear{ clear:both; } .hide{ display:none; } .featureWrap{ border:...

    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...

    Why we should care about the leaked Sony emails

    Why we should care about the leaked Sony emails
    This is a terrible time for Sony Pictures as their executives scramble to deal with the devastating fallout from one of the worst-ever computer hacking attacks on a large corporation. But their executives’ approach to damage control on the more...