This excerpt taken from the NYT 10-K filed Feb 26, 2008.
Research and development capabilities
We are also trying to capitalize on the capabilities of our research and development team. This group stimulates innovation and cultural change as we rebalance our businesses for a more digital world. It anticipates consumer preferences and devises ways to satisfy them. Our R&D team has helped to: create new products and improve our brands, such as NYTimes.com's launch of a new product that allows readers to send and receive real estate listings on their mobile devices; develop new capabilities such as data mining and Web analytics; and pursue new relationships with leading Web entities, which should contribute to more cost-per-click advertising, increased presence on the Web and search services channeling traffic to our Web sites.