A Monday medley of quick thoughts to start your day in tech and other topics:
* Fortune publishes a gorgeously photographed and informatively described spread today on the "skunkworks" of three Fortune 500 companies: Levi Strauss, Ford, and Facebook. The three couldn't be more different, yet they are united by their thirst for innovation. Levi seeks simpler pigments, Ford aims to figure out self-driving cars, and Facebook wants to understand robots. The photo essay is a nod to Fortune's illustrious history of brining business to life with pictures as well as words.