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The golden age of BellLabs seems to be over. With Lucent's troubles during the telecom meltdown, researchers have been leaving at a shocking pace. The spin off of Avaya and the microelectronics division further fragmented what remained after AT&T Labs and Bellcore were split off. BrianKernighan joined the faculty at Princeton, though at BellLabs once a week and during the summers. KenThompson left at the end of November 2001(?). The mood among those remaining (of which I'm currently one) is that it's the end of an era.
A collection of interesting papers authored at Bell Labs can be found at http://doc.cat-v.org/bell_labs/