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November 26, 1990
SURELOCK lost his biggest single bet of the meeting, $200, when Exbourne was third in the ninth race, but finished with an $88 profit Sunday after hitting the exacta in the seventh. SURELOCK's Sun. Bankroll: $1,586 Sunday's Profit: $88 Current Bankroll: $1,674 Bob Mieszerski, who had taken the lead over the computer Saturday, dropped behind again when Bray Bay finished far back in the sixth race. Bob's Sun. Bankroll: $1,767.20 Sunday's Loss: $100 Current Bankroll: $1,667.
April 21, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Good news for Mike Judge fans. The writer-director's new HBO series "Silicon Valley" has been renewed for a second season. HBO announced the renewal on Monday, along with the fourth-season renewal of its Julia Louis-Dreyfus comedy "Veep. "  Both comedies, which air after HBO's massive hit "Game of Thrones," have done well by critics this season. "Silicon Valley" is Judge's return to series TV after his hit "King of the Hill" ended in 2010 and "The Goode Family" was canceled after 13 episodes on ABC in 2009.
January 8, 1992 | ROBERT A. JONES
You could picture this ritual taking place all over Southern California on Tuesday morning: a woman sits down at the breakfast table to eat her Wheaties and read the paper. But she doesn't get very far. There, on Page 1, is the story she has feared the most. The government has finally and officially admitted that silicone breast implants may be dangerous. After 30 years. As a result of the findings, doctors are asked to stop using implants immediately. The ban is temporary, the story says.
April 9, 2014 | By Joe Flint and Meg James
Comcast Corp., already the nation's largest cable and Internet provider, says it needs to get bigger to compete against the formidable giants of Silicon Valley. The Philadelphia-based cable behemoth said in a government filing Tuesday that its proposed $40-billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc. will benefit consumers without limiting competition. Both companies contend that they need muscle to compete against emerging competition from Google Inc., Apple Inc., Netflix Inc. and Inc. Comcast said in a 175-page document filed with the Federal Communications Commission that the deal would mean better Internet and cable TV service for millions of consumers.
Officials of the California Society of Plastic Surgeons on Sunday blamed publicity over the U.S. Food and Drug Administration moratorium on silicone gel breast implants for creating anxiety among former and potential patients that is "way out of proportion" to the dangers. While California plastic surgeons have opposed for a decade the use of liquid silicone, they felt that gel implants "were safe all along," said Dr. John O.
September 6, 1988 | LINDA ROACH MONROE, Times Staff Writer
A tiny wafer of silicon is pulling the Mt. Laguna Observatory east of San Diego from the backwaters of astronomy into a revolutionary new approach to unlocking the heaven's secrets. Called a charge-coupled device, or CCD, the electronic wonder is a sophisticated version of the imaging chip used in those low-light home video cameras. But, for San Diego State University astronomers, working with the CCD has been like getting Mt.
December 28, 1987
Scientists have found in a meteorite grains of a silicon compound that, along with previously discovered diamonds, are the oldest particles yet known to man. Researchers at the University of Chicago and Washington University said they isolated grains of silicon carbide from before and beyond the Earth's solar system that are at least 4.5 billion years old.
Demonstrating a new way to store data that might one day lead to faster computers, a UC San Diego scientist has etched tiny luminescent images on thin silicon wafers, according to the journal Science. Michael Sailor, an assistant professor of chemistry, used electrical current, chemicals and light to etch images of George Washington on a silicon wafer--a process similar to photography, To show it wasn't a fluke, Sailor also etched a ladybug-sized image of Elvis Presley on the porous silicon.
For years, Marie Walsh, a Laguna Hills mother of eight, watched her health deteriorate. She was plagued with fatigue, abdominal pains, irregular menstrual periods and night sweats. Then one morning in February of 1984, she awoke and found the front of her nightgown damp with a bloody gel. A surgeon found that an implant in her left breast had ruptured, spilling silicone gel over the breast cavity. He cleaned out as much of the gel as he could and put in a new implant.
September 28, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
Many of us may fret about losing our electronic gadgets. John A. Rogers, a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is working to build electronic devices that vanish on purpose. In a study published this week in the journal Science, Rogers and colleagues described how they assembled a toolbox of tiny biodegradable components made of silicon, magnesium and silk that can completely dissolve in the body. In a conversation with The Times, Rogers explained the virtues of such "transient electronics" - and why someday you might want your smartphone to disappear too. What do you mean by "transient electronics"?
April 3, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn and Chris O'Brien
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - Silicon Valley, with its influence and economic clout soaring to all-time highs, is having its pop culture moment. But the stream of movies, books, even a reality TV show spotlighting nerdy start-up culture have all been widely panned locally as cheap caricatures. With Sunday's kickoff of Mike Judge's "Silicon Valley" comedy series on HBO, the geeks here say Hollywood finally gets them - even as it mocks them. "It was like watching a bizarro version of your own reality," said Tesla Motors Chief Executive Elon Musk, after the Silicon Valley premiere Wednesday night at this city's historic Fox Theatre, where stars of the show walked the red carpet and the tech glitterati came out in force.
March 30, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien and Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - It's becoming a familiar scene in everybody's favorite city - luxury shuttles with Wi-Fi and plush seats barreling past sluggish, dilapidated city buses crammed with local residents standing elbow to elbow. The nerd convoy, ferrying workers to technology companies in Silicon Valley, has raised the ire of civic activists who see it as a symbol of a divide between the haves and have nots as the region's tech boom has sent housing costs and evictions soaring. But as heated as that backlash has become at times, it has obscured a much broader story that these buses have to tell about changes sweeping across not just San Francisco but also the entire Bay Area.
March 30, 2014 | By Anky van Deursen
Question: I have lived in Silicon Valley my whole life. I am 70 years old and retired. I recently applied for housing at an apartment complex and asked the leasing agent what my chances were of getting an apartment. He told me they had received a lot of applications. When I asked if it was worth it to apply at all, he shrugged and said I was "up against some Google people. " I was outraged. Am I being discriminated against, since he implied that I did not stand a chance of being chosen over a person who works for Google?
March 20, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Now that the Google Barge has left the San Francisco Bay and set sail for less choppy waters, Silicon Valley needs another good mystery. And thanks to the city of San Jose, we've got one!  On Wednesday, the city of San Jose gave swift approval to a gargantuan 10-building complex to be built in the northern part of the city along U.S. Highway 101, reports the  San Jose Mercury News. It's 2 million square feet of office-cubicle goodness, just a short drive from the city's airport.  STORY: Silicon Valley is having an architectural breakthrough And because it will be able to fit up to 10,000 workers, whoever is going to occupy this baby will become the city's second largest employer, behind Cisco Systems, says the Mercury News.
March 18, 2014 | By François Bar and John Seely Brown, guest bloggers
A remarkable transformation is taking place in the heart of Los Angeles. Over the last 10 years, downtown L.A. became vibrant as it built ties to the south, reaching USC and Exposition Park. From the Walt Disney Concert Hall to the California Science Center, a dynamic innovation corridor is taking shape around Figueroa Street. But the most dramatic change will only come once Figueroa is reinvented to facilitate the flow of people and break down fences. Innovation thrives on clusters: interconnected businesses, creativity across sectors and fluid jobs.
March 11, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
Tylt Lab, a new Santa Monica venture capital firm, has raised $20 million for early-stage start-ups in Silicon Beach. The fund will support local entrepreneurs through seed to series A investments, Tylt said, estimating that this year it will be making 12 to 15 investments ranging from $50,000 to $2 million. The company said it focuses on "businesses disruptive to their industries," which include lifestyle products, mobile platforms and services, home automation, software-oriented transactions, consumer goods, clean tech, e- healthcare and entertainment.
March 9, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
Ask anyone about L.A. tech these days and they'll almost certainly point to Santa Monica and Venice, where hundreds of start-ups have emerged in the last few years. So-called Silicon Beach is home to Snapchat, sizable Google and Microsoft offices, and a growing number of venture capital firms and co-working spaces. Almost every night, tech entrepreneurs flock to networking happy hours and parties. Potential investors flock to demo days that showcase the latest start-ups. When BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt came to town last week, it was for a glitzy tech confab in Santa Monica.
February 27, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Has class warfare come to the exclusive Silicon Valley enclave of Atherton? In the Lindenwood neighborhood, where average home prices exceed $7 million, vandals last week spray-painted black graffiti targeting the “1%” on walls, garage doors, a gate, a car, even white picket fences. "Most people think this is a one-time thing, but I wouldn't be surprised if security-camera companies are doing a lot of business right now," Vice Mayor Rick DeGolia told the San Francisco Chronicle . "I think everyone's hoping this doesn't happen again.
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