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Fairchild Turns 50

10:10 AM -- In business, as in war, the victors write the history.

When it comes to the story of Fairchild Semiconductor Inc. (Nasdaq: FCS), the godfather of all Silicon Valley startups, there don't seem to be many doubters -- even for the parts about William Shockley being an unbearable control freak.

With Fairchild marking its 50th anniversary today, the Mercury News of San Jose is printing a celebratory telling of the official history. It's worth reading. Fans of conspiracy theories won't want to miss the comments.

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

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