Los Angeles Times

Chris O'Brien

Chris O’Brien is a technology reporter who covers Apple and Silicon Valley. He joined the Los Angeles Times in 2012 and has covered Silicon Valley since 1999, both as a reporter and a columnist. He’s lived through the dot-com boom and bust, and still has a talking Sock Puppet to prove it. He’s a native of Kansas and a graduate of Duke University who scoffs at Pac-10 “basketball.” He’s also a better bowler than you are. 

Recent Articles

  • Charlie Hebdo's survivors, amid tears and debate, focus on next edition

    Charlie Hebdo's survivors, amid tears and debate, focus on next edition

    Days after the massacre that shocked this nation, the surviving staffers of French humor magazine Charlie Hebdo are gathered in another newsroom planning their next edition. What is usually is the most ordinary of tasks for any journalist is now taking place under the most extraordinary of circumstances....

  • After Charlie Hebdo attack in France, backlash against Muslims feared

    After Charlie Hebdo attack in France, backlash against Muslims feared

    Gun and grenade attacks outside at least two French mosques heightened fear Thursday of an anti-Muslim backlash after a military-style assault on a newspaper that satirizes Islam. The attack on the newsweekly came as far-right parties have been gaining in popularity not only in France but also...

  • Peanuts comic will come to life in French TV series

    Peanuts comic will come to life in French TV series

    Lucy van Pelt sits, as she has for decades, with her arms folded at a desk under a sign that reads "Psychiatrist Help 5¢." Snoopy, the enigmatic beagle owned by Charlie Brown, sits on a small wooden stool. Lucy's frustration grows as Snoopy remains unimpressed by her hapless attempts to diagnose...

  • In Curiosity Hacked, children learn to make, not buy

    In Curiosity Hacked, children learn to make, not buy

    With her right hand, my 8-year-old daughter, Kalian, presses the red-hot soldering iron against the circuit board. With her left hand, she guides a thin, tin wire until it's pressing against both the circuit board and the tip of the iron. The tin begins to melt. There is a wisp of smoke, and a...

  • GoPro is gearing up to share more of its users' videos

    GoPro is gearing up to share more of its users' videos

    For years, thrill seekers have worn GoPro video cameras to capture hair-raising skydiving, motorcycle racing and snowboarding footage from a first-person point of view. They've documented up-close and personal encounters with wildlife, even mounting the cameras on the back of a surfing pig and...

  • Netflix struggles to win over skeptics in film-loving France

    Netflix struggles to win over skeptics in film-loving France

    As Netflix has spread its video streaming services around the globe, the company's been met with curiosity, skepticism and, at times, indifference. But none of the Silicon Valley giant's adventures abroad generated the mix of fear and anxiety that it has stirred in film-loving France before its...

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