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After the boom, is Wikipedia heading for bust?
4 August 2009 | New Scientist
by Jim Giles
"...a new study shows that [Wikipedia's] explosive growth is tailing off and also suggests the community-created encyclopaedia has become less welcoming to new contributors... Ed Chi and colleagues at PARC ... warn that the changes could compromise the encyclopaedia's quality in the long term. 'It's easy to say that Wikipedia will always be here,' says Chi, a computer scientist. 'This research shows that is not a given.'"
Tech meccas: The 12 holy sites of IT
The fathers of invention
3 August 2009 | InfoWorld
by Dan Tynan
Tech mecca No. 6: Xerox PARC -- Palo Alto, Calif.
"Besides being the geek equivalent of Jerusalem, Mecca, and the mythical city of El Dorado rolled into one, PARC is also an independent research business, having spun off from Xerox in 2002. It now delves into such arcana as context-aware computing, human-machine interfaces, and biomedical systems, to name but a few. In other words, don't even think about trying to get in without a VIP pass, though a regular Thursday lecture series is open to the public."
Dinosaur Study Backs Controversial Find
31 July 2009 | AAAS ScienceNOW [sub required]
by Robert F. Service
"When scientists reported 2 years ago that they had discovered intact protein fragments from a 68-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex, the skeptics pounced. They argued that one of the main lines of evidence, signatures of the protein fragments taken by mass spectrometry, was flawed...prompted Asara to release his complete mass-spec data set to other experts to allow them to judge for themselves. So researchers from PARC in California and the University of California, Davis, decided to do just that. They reanalyzed Asara's mass-spec data using a different set of bioinformatics tools and statistical tests."
Reanalysis of T. rex Spectra Confirms Findings of 2007 Study
30 July 2009 | Genome Web - ProteoMonitor
"A new study lends support to a 2007 study in which researchers said they discovered proteins in a 68-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex fossil... In the current JPR study, the researchers from PARC and the Genome Center at the University of California, Davis reevaluated the entire T. rex data set...and searched the spectra against the database using ByOnic tool. They then compiled a protein list using the program ComByne. Based on their results, the researchers concluded that 'the identification of bird-like collagen at the protein level is clearly significant.'"
NEC Reinforces Human Interface Research and Development
Developing easy-to-use HI and reducing costs in cooperation with global research organizations
29 July 2009 | NEC
NEC announced a partnership with PARC and Carnegie Mellon at the 2009 HCI International Conference: "This collaboration with leading human interface research centers provides additional support for NEC's existing HI development designs, and incorporates 'usability modeling' as an important new tool for efficient, low-cost development of easy-to-use HI for a wide variety of products."
Privacy matters: When is personal data truly de-identified?
24 July 2009 | Computerworld
by Jay Cline
Validating that personal data can be de-identified in a way that still retains commercial and social usefulness could set a precedent for many other privacy-related standards and debates...
Philippe Golle of PARC in 2006 published a paper that used the 2000 U.S. Census data to estimate that one could use these same data fields -- gender, ZIP code and date of birth -- to uniquely identify 63% of the U.S. population.
Wikipedia Expert Tips: How to Keep the Facts at Your Fingertips
Wikipedia has become an extremely valuable Web resource. Make it work even harder for you with these simple tricks.
20 July 2009 | PC World
by Thomasz Finc
"But if you want to go deeper and become a Wikipedia power user, the following tips and tools will get you started... To track changes to Wikipedia edits inside Wikipedia, click the History link at the top of any page; but to turn those sometimes confusing edit trails into an easier-to-understand chart, visit website WikiDashboard."
PARC's Responsive Mirror = Every Girl's Shopping Fantasy Come True
30 June 2009 | Boing Boing
by Lisa Katayama
By streaming video taken by the camera through their spatially oriented machine learning software, PARC researchers have figured out how to give people like me a real-time interactive comparison shopping experience... The technology hasn't hit retailers yet, but PARC researchers are hoping to implement it in dressing rooms soon.
Mr. Taggy & the History of Search at PARC
30 June 2009 | Boing Boing
by Steven Leckart
There are plenty of nifty search engines that don't begin with "Goo" and end with "gle," as Wired points out. But one site they forgot to include is MrTaggy, which was created by PARC's Augmented Social Cognition Area...The goal: be part-search, part-recommendation engine by tapping the wisdom of the crowd.
PARC: Flexible Electronics
30 June 2009 | Boing Boing
by Lisa Katayama
By building circuits and electrical connections into bendable plastics, glass, and metal foil substrates, they're paving the way for new technologies like flexible flat-panel displays, medical image sensors, and electronic paper. Because flexible electronics are super lightweight, rugged, and can be rolled or folded into smaller pieces, they are expected to take mobility and portability to new levels.
Cell Phones That Listen and Learn
22 June 2009 | Technology Review
by Kristina Grifantini
Kurt Partridge, a researcher at PARC, who has also created cell-phone software that tracks behavior, believes that the SoundSense project exploits an underused resource. "I don't think the field has really realized both how little power audio-based activity-sensing takes, and how informative it can be," Partridge says. "Audio can distinguish so many more activities [and] adds a social aspect to contextual sensing that's not possible otherwise."
Department of Energy awards more than $9 million to Bay Area solar companies
19 June 2009 | Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal
PARC is one of "[f]ive Bay Area businesses...awarded a U.S. Department of Energy grant....These Bay Area companies were awarded the funding because they address the photovoltaic supply chain and cross-cutting technologies."
Why E-Books Are Stuck in a Black-and-White World
9 June 2009 | Wired
by Priya Ganapati
"The hitch is that color e-ink technologies aren't anywhere near ready for prime time. 'People don't like color screens that are dark,' says Raj Apte, manager of prototype devices and circuits for PARC, 'and so far, the displays for e-readers we have seen lack the brightness that makes color screens attractive.'"
Open Innovation for packaging: A must do
1 June 2009 | Packaging World Magazine
by Phil McKiernan
"In a global economy, you need all the help you can get to stay ahead of the competition... How are leading organizations like Procter & Gamble and Kraft improving the odds? Both organization have created new innovation models... In both cases, the goal is collaboration with outside entities...."
Your Morning Commute is Unique: On the Anonymity of Home/Work Location Pairs
13 May 2009 | 33 Bits of Entropy
by Arvind Narayanan
"Philippe Golle and Kurt Partridge of PARC have a cute paper on the anonymity of geo-location data. They analyze data from the U.S. Census and show that for the average person, knowing their approximate home and work locations — to a block level — identifies them uniquely...The paper is timely, because Location Based Services are proliferating rapidly."
A Smarter Way to Dig Up Experts
8 April 2009 | Technology Review
by Erica Naone
"Peter Pirolli at PARC, who studies Web searching behavior, says that analyzing social networks can also reveal another type of expert: one who is good at carrying information from one specialized group to another. The ability to carry information between specialized groups can be crucial to innovation, and may be something that companies want to look for when hiring, Pirolli says. He suggests that this type of expert could be found by analyzing social networks and looking for people with strong ties to members of two distinct expert clusters."
Innovation in a World of E-Commerce Woe
8 April 2009 | E-Commerce Times
by Walaika Haskins
"'When it comes to search engines, there are a number of technologies from larger and smaller companies that could still shine'...says Susan Feldman, an IDC analyst. MrTaggy, an experimental site developed by PARC, uses metadata to help users find what they're searching for. ...when Feldman was preparing to give a speech on innovation, a keyword search for serendipity, innovation, industry, etc., did not yield the results she sought. However, when she put the term into MrTaggy, the application returned the phrase 'Ah ha moment.' 'That is what I should have been searching for, and there has been a lot written on it,' Feldman said. 'I wouldn't have found it. That's the kind of thing we need so we can explore things that are tangential...'"
How Distracting are Social Media Tools?
A study shows that tagging articles stops users from actually reading them.
8 April 2009 | Technology Review: TR Editors' blog
by Erica Naone
Raluca Budiu, a user-experience specialist for Nielsen Norman Group, "investigated a tagging system designed at the PARC called SparTag.us, which lets users click words in an article to create tags, rather than typing them in at the end. The idea was that SparTag.us would help users engage more with an article, but at a lower cost. Budiu found that SparTag.us didn't reduce recall. In fact, it enhanced a user's ability to recognize particular sentences."
Ethernet — (a networking protocol) name for the ages
Michelson, Morley, and Metcalfe
13 March 2009 | The Register
by Cade Metz
"Technological innovation is the source of all progress," [former Xerox PARC inventor Bob Metcalfe] says..."It’s the highest calling. Democracy. Freedom. Prosperity. It all stems from technological innovation."
Carbon capture: Scrubbing the skies
5 March 2009 | Economist
"[T]here might be a simpler way to reduce the level of CO2 in the atmosphere: to build 'air capture machines'... At PARC, researchers propose building towers several metres high through which the air would be wafted, coming into contact with a sorbent mist. Having absorbed CO2 from the air, the liquid would drain into a chamber where the gas would be extracted..."
Origin of 'T. rex' protein questioned
27 February 2009 | Nature
by Rex Dalton
"Marshall Bern, a computational biologist at PARC in California...said he leaned in support of Asara's collagen analysis. 'Asara has met Pevzner's test,' says Bern. 'All this scrutiny makes the two peptides [that Pevzner verified] look good. And I'm not ready to discount the other five. Contamination is now the issue.'"
Photos: Inside the Palo Alto Research Center
10 February 2009 | CNET News [slideshow]
by James Martin
"In 1970, Xerox Corporation founded the PARC with the charter to create information architecture...recently showed CNET News around the now-independent facility where laser printing and Ethernet networking -- among many other innovations -- got their start. Come along on our tour."
Investment bank revisionism, Wiki edition
10 February 2009 | Financial Times blog
by Tracy Alloway
"a new feature for Wikipedia, the user-generated online encyclopedia ...WikiDashboard, created by Silicon Valley's PARC...shows which users are editing specific Wiki entries, how often, and in what ways. And so...it's straight to the investment banking pages!"
Who's Messing with Wikipedia?
6 February 2009 | Technology Review
by Erica Naone
"Ed Chi, a senior research scientist for augmented social cognition at PARC, and his colleagues have now created a tool, called WikiDashboard, that aims to reveal much of the normally hidden back-and-forth behind Wikipedia's most controversial pages in order to help readers judge for themselves how suspect its contents might be."
Why Computers Can't Kill Post-its
22 January 2009 | Forbes.com
by Lee Gomes
"Victoria Bellotti with the Palo Alto Research Center... said the best office tools have many 'affordances,' a word used by researchers for an attribute of a tool that corresponds to something about human beings. Post-it notes, she said, have multiple affordances, such as the ability to be stuck to a door where someone coming into a room can easily see them."
Making the case for content-centric networking
15 January 2009 | ACM Queue
by Craig Partridge
"Now a Research Fellow at PARC, [Van] Jacobson continues to do groundbreaking work. His latest work on content-centric networking took the networking community by storm..."
ACM Names 44 Fellows for Contributions to Computing and IT
Many Innovations Made in Areas Critical to Global Competitiveness
15 January 2009 | Association for Computing Machinery
ACM recognized 44 of its members for their contributions to computing technology that have generated a broad range of innovations to industry, commerce, entertainment, and education...including PARC Principal Scientist Jose Joaquin Garcia-Luna-Aceves for his contributions to the theory and design of computer communication protocols.
SolFocus takes on $47.5M more in quest to sell concentrating solar
9 January 2009 | Venture Beat
by Chris Morrison
"SolFocus has stood out by being one of the earliest founded, and most heavily supported, of the CPV outfits. The company was founded in 2005, and spent its early years at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), where some of today's most uniquitous technologies were first conceived."
"Ethnography" which studies users in depth - 2009 key word
6 January 2009 | Nikkei Net
by Shuji Honjo
PARC is the first place that introduced ethnography into company settings in 1979...
Among Japanese companies, Osaka Gas (Information Network division), Dai Nippon Printing (Information delivery service Magitti), and Konica Minolta Technology Center have started using ethnography as a tool. For example, Fujitsu and Dai Nippon Printing have incorporated ideas developed by PARC.
Applications: Blast Strips Record Explosion Exposure
1 January 2009 | Photonics Spectra
by Amanda D. Francoeur
"The wound most characteristic of soldiers...is traumatic brain injury... PARC, a Xerox company, under the DARPA Sensor Tape Program, has devised a way to record the number and intensity of explosions that soldiers experience by applying a blast dosimeter to their helmets."
What is the problem with innovation?
1 January 2009 | ElectroOptics
by Peter Hallett
Jennifer Ernst, director of business development at PARC, suggested at the SPIE Innovation Summit that innovation happens at the overlap between technical possibilities and customer needs. 'I believe getting close to the market as early as possible is the cornerstone of accelerating innovation.'"
ContentGuard Licenses Digital Rights Management Patents to Sanyo for Mobile Handsets
18 December 2008 | ContentGuard
ContentGuard technology enables the consumer-friendly implementation of digital content distribution models such as content rental, content subscription, variable pricing, and secure peeer-to-peer distribution. ContentGuard was spun out of Xerox PARC in 2000...
CIO Sessions: PARC VP, hardware systems laboratory: Scott Elrod [video]
Staying on the edge of innovation
2 December 2008 | ZDNet.com
by Dan Farber
Scott Elrod, VP of PARC's Hardware Systems Laboratory talks about PARC's Cleantech Innovation Program and what it takes to stay on the edge of innovation.
PHOTONIC FRONTIERS: SEMICONDUCTOR UV LASERS
Materials are a tough challenge for ultraviolet diode lasers
1 December 2008 | Laser Focus World
by Jeff Hecht
"'A lot of progress is being made in deep-ultraviolet LEDs,' says Noble Johnson of the Palo Alto Research Center. Quantum efficiency at the shorter wavelengths is limited, but LEDs don't require the high drive currents that make materials problems acute in UV lasers. Johnson [is] among researchers who have turned to UV LEDs as a more tractable problem."
Powerset Gives Microsoft Semantic Search Tools
After its Powerset acquisition, Microsoft is pushing semantic search as the replacement for traditional keyword search.
1 December 2008 | Redmond Developer News
by John K. Waters
"Powerset relies on very deep natural language processing (NLP) technology... Powerset's semantic search app uses this technology— which the company licenses from Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)..."
Black Swans and Greenwashing
21 November 2008 | Greentech Media
by Eric Wesoff
"...According to [Vinod Khosla], who spoke at the Palo Alto Research Center [PARC Forum], the new green is 'Maintech' not 'Cleantech' and we need to go after huge markets like engines, lighting, appliances, cement, water, glass and buildings and not fritter away our time and effort on PV and wind."
The Paper Chasers
Isn't it ironic: Xerox is hoping it can profit by teaching companies how to reduce their printing.
21 November 2008 | Newsweek
by Daniel Lyons
"PARC scientists have discovered something surprising: their expertise in printing transfers surprisingly well to technologies like solar panels. PARC's expertise in particle manipulation, developed while researching toners, has led to a water-filtration system that uses much less energy than conventional methods; it could find use in municipal water-treatment plants and desalinization plants."
Top 10 New World-Changing Innovations of the Year
1 November 2008 | Popular Mechanics
by Logan Ward and the Editors of Popular Mechanics
"'The JTEC (Johnson Thermo-Electrical Converter System) could have widespread impact,' says Karl Littau, a materials chemist at the Palo Alto Research Center. 'You look at it and say, Wow, why didn't someone think of this before?'"
The Future of...Paper
1 November 2008 | ZDNet [video]
by Sumi Das
"It's a possible fix for the reams and reams of paper that are printed, used briefly, and then tossed everyday. ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das takes us inside PARC where scientists are developing a way to print an image that disappears, allowing the paper to be used dozens of times."
A Helmet Patch to Measure Blasts
Researchers are developing a cheap, lightweight plastic strip that can be worn on a soldier's helmet to help diagnose brain injury.
14 October 2008 | Technology Review
by Brittany Sauser
"..the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) has awarded a $5 million, three-year contract to PARC to develop a strip of plastic that can be 'taped' onto a soldier's helmet to measure his or her exposure to explosions. The tape, which will cost less than a dollar per strip, is a flexible plastic substrate that will contain printed electronics, analog memory, and sensors."
Cloud computing pondered at eBay event
Questions raised at ResearchFest about latest buzzword in technology realm
30 September 2008 | InfoWorld
by Paul Krill
Participating in a panel discussion about trends in technology research, PARC president and center director Mark Bernstein said '...personalization of information services would be a trend the next 20 years.' [Regarding] the impact of patents: 'From my perspective, patents are a fundamental asset to creating business value to the research you do. Now all that's changing.'"
SolFocus Completes Spanish Project, Eyes California
The Mountain View, Calif.-based company will turn on its first commercial installation in the next two weeks. Meanwhile, it's got its eyes on a third funding round, manufacturing growth and a new project in the Golden State.
25 September 2008 | Greentech Media
by Jennifer Kho
"SolFocus Inc. has completed its first commercial project, installing 500 kilowatts worth of concentrating-solar equipment in Spain. SolFocus, a Palo Alto Research Center spinoff, uses small lenses and curved mirrors to concentrate sunlight and direct it into solar cells."
PARC, Still Making a Difference
23 September 2008 | Conde Nast Portfolio
by Kevin Maney
"...Microsoft bought a search technology company called Powerset for an alleged $100 million. Powerset was built on technology licensed from PARC. [PARC] has also won some attention in the past week for unveiling a way to print documents so the ink disappears in a day, allowing the paper to be reused."
SPIE to hold tech Innovation summit
Focus is on leveraging solar, biophotonics, solid-state lighting IP
8 September 2008 | SPIE
PARC director of Business Development Jennifer Ernst will be a panelist for a "Paths to Funding" session. Panelists will give their perspectives on working with multinational corporations in converting advanced research into high-value business opportunities, the DoE Solar Program, driving innovation through industry partnerships, and growth-stage financing for equipment manufacturers in the renewables sector.
Human Hardware: Foraging for Information
29 August 2008 | Search Engine Land
by Gord Hotchkiss
"When looking to predict how MBA students and analysts would find information in a digital environment, Peter Pirolli found his answer in an unlikely place: animal's foraging patterns. Pirolli, working at the Palo Alto Research Center, was trying to predict with some mathematical accuracy the behavior of humans when searching for information but was having challenges finding models..."
Bringing Sports Psychology to the Realm of Video Games
26 August 2008 | Kotaku
by Owen Good
"'The gamer generation tends to be less risk averse and more willing to try things, even in the face of overfailure,' said Nicholas Yee, a research scientist at the Palo Alto Research Center, whose Daedalus Project studies behavior in MMORPG players. 'It's not the main focus of the field, yet, but there is a little data we can extrapolate from it.'"
"Forgot Your Password?" May Be the Weakest Link
26 August 2008 | MSNBC
by Bob Sullivan
PARC principal scientist Markus Jakobsson said "...answers to password reset questions have become so valuable that a black market has developed for personal information like dog's names. Criminals buy buckets of personal information, obviously with an eye towards foiling security systems, for about $15 per set."
Wikimedia pegs future on education, not profit
24 August 2008 | San Francisco Chronicle
by Chris Cadelago
"Ed Chi of the Palo Alto Research Center is the creator of WikiDashboard, a social dynamic analysis tool... Chi discovered a huge drop-off in the number of [Wikipedia] edits, to the point that 1 percent of editors were editing 50 percent of the content. ...Chi said the waning interest among editors does not bode well for the site or community."
What is worse than reusing passwords?
12 August 2008 | ITWorld
by Markus Jakobsson
"Do you use the same password all over the place? Yes, you probably do whether you know it or not. PARC Principal Scientist Markus Jakobbson says 'When you have forgotten your password, some sites send you an email with a link for you to click. Phishers who have stolen access to your email account can do that, too.'"
Get Design Help from Internet Dwellers
User reaction is crucial to designing and tweaking new products and services, but getting solid feedback can be expensive. Will "crowdsourcing" help?
1 August 2008 | Kiplinger
by Aniket Kittur, Ed H. Chi & Bongwon Suh
Crowdsourcing may change the way companies gather information prior to putting their products on the market..."Crowdsourcing through 'micro-tasking' -- where many users perform tasks that take just minutes to perform for a small reward -- is already widely used for certain types of jobs, according to researchers at the groundbreaking Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)."
Dressing Rooms of the Future
22 July 2008 | Forbes
by Jeanine Poggi
"...'bricks and mortars have not done much to make shoppers want to spend more time in their stores,' says Bo Begole, principle scientist at PARC, a firm specializing in innovation and scientific research for technology companies. One solution might be installing a responsive mirror in retailer's dressing rooms...which allows shoppers to simultaneously see pictures of themselves in all the items they try on..."
Company sets focus on 'information overload'
21 July 2008 | abc7news
by Richard Hart
"'Everybody's being bombarded with more information than they can digest' says Teresa Lunt. As Director of the Computer Science Lab at Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Lunt is leading a project to create a new kind of network for information. A network that provides it only when and where you need to know it -- context-based services."
ContentGuard Licenses Digital Rights Management Patents to Nokia Corporation
17 July 2008 | ContentGuard
ContentGuard Holding's, Inc., a leading developer of digital rights management (DRM) technology, today announced a worldwide patent licensing agreement with Nokia Corporation, a global leader in mobile products and services. ContentGuard was spun out of Xerox PARC in 2000...
Microsoft Buys Semantic Search Specialist Powerset
Microsoft has purchased San Francisco-based Powerset, an Internet search engine startup founded in October 2005 that specializes in so-called semantic search techniques.
2 July 2008 | SearchEngineWorld
by Lane R. Ellis
"'Powerset brings to Live Search a set of talented engineers and computational linguists,'[Microsoft Senior Vice President Satya] Nadella said, and praised the Powerset employees, called them a 'great team with a wide range of experience from other search engines and research organizations like PARC.' The roots of the Powerset's search technology date back more than three decades to methods founded by Xerox's famed PARC subsidiary, which the company has combined with its own in-house technology...
Nadella said Microsoft had acquired Powerset because 'we're impressed with the people there,' and because 'Powerset brings with it natural language technology that nicely complements other natural language processing technologies we have in Microsoft Research.'"
Microsoft to Acquire Powerset
1 July 2008 | Powerset
Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Powerset...a company set out to improve search by indexing Web pages based on the meaning expressed in them rather than just the literal words. Powerset licensed breakthrough technology from PARC...
The next search frontier: Just ask your question
Powerset aims to top Google by teaching computers to understand English.
18 June 2008 | CNNMoney.com
by Chris Taylor
"Powerset's main asset is a partnership with PARC.... In 2005, [Powerset co-founder Barney] Pell discovered that PARC researchers had been working for 30 years on turning English into software code. Pell promptly licensed PARC's research..."
Countermeasures against targeted attacks in the enterprise
12 June 2008 | SearchSecurity.com
by Markus Jakobsson
"Security organizations often struggle to compensate for unknowing employees who fall victim to social engineering attacks. It's the unenviable job of information security to prevent that from happening. In this tip, Markus Jakobsson details the ills of social data mining and how technology can help thwart attacks that seek to exploit trusted relationships."
Water scarcity woes point to big opportunities in desalination
12 June 2008 | VentureBeat
by Lee Bruno
"According to Meng Lean, manager of microfluidic systems at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), the energy cost of desalination runs at about eight times that of conventional water... PARC researchers have been working on membrane-less filtration systems that have a very low energy cost [that] ...could eventually be used in pre-treatment for desalination systems."
Breakthrough in efficient water recycling
Invention from Palo Alto scientist helps efficient water recycling
11 June 2008 | abc7news
PARC scientist "Meng Lean is...recycling a lot of dirty water. The key to cleaning the water is found in lightweight disks or spiral filtration system... 'If you are looking at gray water, which is for agriculture or...where you don't need to drink it, then this is sufficient. You can just use this and it will be ready to go,' said Lean."
The future of e-paper: The Kindle is only the beginning
Thin, flexible, low-power digital paper is just around the corner. Will your next book or newspaper be 'e'?
6 June 2008 | ComputerWorld
by David DeJean
"The first successful demonstration of e-paper technology was made by Nick Sheridon at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in the 1970s. His technology, called Gyricon, used tiny rotating spheres of electrically charged plastic, black on one side, white on the other, suspended in bubbles of oil between transparent electrodes."
Brain Blasts Mapped with Stick-on Sensors
4 June 2008 | Wired.com
by Noah Shachtman
"DARPA has just handed PARC, a...contract to put together prototype spools of the sensor tape. PARC says its expertise in 'jet-printing' and 'polymer devices and circuits' ought to help out with the manufacture and design. The tape will include 'multiple sensors to collect and record data associated with blasts, including shock waves, acceleration, acoustic levels, and light intensities.'"
The Future of Mobile Social Networking
Whrrl combines activity recommendations with real-time location data.
2 June 2008 | Technology Review
by Kate Greene
"'I think we're going to see a lot of new players showing up in this space,' says Kurt Partridge, a research scientist at the Palo Alto Research Center who works on a similar project called Magitti. 'Part of the reason,' he says, 'is the universal availability of GPS or access to location, which hasn't been available to application writers before.'"
Powerset Launches "Understanding Engine" For Wikipedia Content
12 May 2008 | Search Engine Land
by Danny Sullivan
"Powerset's been smart to snap up ["Powerset Licenses...PARC Natural Language Techmany"] licenses and patents around the technology that should make it attractive to a larger search player like Google or Microsoft to acquire."
Low-Energy Water Filtration
A new membrane-free water-purification system uses small amounts of energy.
12 May 2008 | Technology Review
by Lee Bruno
"...researchers at Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) have been...incorporating scientific insights from the physics of toner particle movements into a low-energy water-filtration device that doesn't use membranes... Lessons learned about particle toner were used for PARC's biological agent detection system and for the water purifier."
Government funding could lift Bay Area water investment sector
5 May 2008 | VentureBeat
by Jeremy Jacquot
"Because water is still relatively cheap, there is an opportunity for an ambitious startup or two to capitalize on the coming shortages by developing cheaper, more effective water recycling technologies. The Palo Alto Research Center...is working on particle manipulation technologies that could be scaled up for applications like desalination and membrane-free filtration."
Kleiner Perkins bets big on green tech firms
2 May 2008 | San Francisco Chronicle
by Deborah Gage
"...it's hard these days to find any Silicon Valley investor that's not into green technology. Foundation Capital, Khosla Ventures and the Palo Alto Research Center, to name a few, are all working with green companies, and researchers and engineers are flocking to green-tech startups from other industries."
Reincarnation for Paper, Without Recycling
2 May 2008 | Greentech Media
by Jennifer Kho
"After about two years of development, Xerox scientists have come up with a photosensitive paper and a 'printer' that uses a blue UV light-emitting diode instead of ink or toner to make its marks. Eric Shrader, area manager of PARC's hardware systems laboratory said 'While businesses have been talking about the paperless office for 30 years, paper usage actually keeps increasing.'"
Xerox's PARC to Spin Out Solar Startup
2 May 2008 | Greentech Media
by Jennifer Kho
"The Palo Alto Research Center plans to launch a venture-capital-backed company that can improve solar cells' efficiency with thinner electricity-conducting grid lines. The center also hopes to commercialize a low-energy water-filtration technology, reusable printing paper and energy-management software for data centers, all in the next year."
Toner Tech Cleans Water
2 May 2008 | Greentech Media
by Jennifer Kho
"Toner might not sound like something that could help clean water, but the Palo Alto Research Center...is using an electrostatic technology used to move toner powder along a surface -- and that took a detour to help the Army move particles of biological weapons, such as anthrax spores, together in one place so they would be easier to detect..."
Printer Controls for Data Centers
2 May 2008 | Greentech Media
by Jennifer Kho
"...PARC has developed software that can reduce servers' energy usage by 30 percent (or, more likely, allow data centers to provide 30 percent more service using the same energy), said Scott Elrod, manager of the PARC's Clean Technology Program. The software basically predicts demand, allowing data centers to prioritize and manage jobs more efficiently."
PARC: As Silicon Valley as it Gets
1 May 2008 | Yahoo! Finance Tech ticker
by Sarah Lacy
"...There's one place in Silicon Valley where Apple, Google, Yahoo, and any other modern computing or Internet company can trace its roots back to, and that's Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center. It was started in the 1970s to create 'the architecture of information...' Xerox's chief technology officer, Sophie Vandebroek, takes us on a tour of PARC..."
Dean's chat with Mark Bernstein, director of PARC, on how not to fumble the future
1 May 2008 | VentureBeat
by Dean Takahashi
The "Palo Alto Research Center showed off 10 fascinating projects this week...but such moments always raise the specter of the past... Mark Bernstein, the director of PARC, said he's determined not to fumble the future... He talked about the spin-out of the research arm PARC from Xerox, and how it is structured to commercialize the best ideas."
Xerox plans the future of today
1 May 2008 | BBC News
by Maggie Shiels
"A rare glimpse of the future has been given by Xerox at its famed Palo Alto Research Centre...On show were a handful of innovations including re-usable paper, environmentally friendly plastic, solar power, water filtering and a cell detection method that could help save lives."
Xerox Shows Off Future Tech And Tries To Better Define Itself
Despite failed attempts to cash in, the company and its PARC subsidiary have several pillars of growth in mind to compete with Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce.com.
1 May 2008 | InformationWeek
by Thomas Claburn
"...partnerships serve to underscore that PARC is an independent organization, one that is helping organizations other than Xerox innovate. That has some tangential value to Xerox, as PARC's owner: Good publicity may rub off. But PARC isn't just serving Xerox by inventing technologies for outside organizations. It's also investing technologies that could drive revenue at Xerox."
New way to save energy: Disappearing ink
30 April 2008 | CNET News.com
by Michael Kanellos
"PARC and parent company Xerox are experimenting with a type of paper and a complementary printer that would produce documents that fade away after 16 to 24 hours. Users don't have to wait for the paper to fade either. By running it through the special printer made for this paper, the printer will erase the old image before putting the new one on."
Getting innovation out of the lab at Xerox
30 April 2008 | FORTUNE Big Tech
by Jon Fortt
PARC's "...normally secretive Silicon Valley researchers and their colleagues from around the world held an open house this week to show off surprising projects they're developing. Among them: A blood scanner that uses a twist on laser printing technology to spot rogue cells, a type of paper that can be erased by ultraviolet light and reused, and... "
How to Determine Your Organization's Vulnerability to Crimeware
30 April 2008 | eWeek.com Knowledge Center
by Markus Jakobsson
"You already know that crimeware is bad, right? Wrong. Crimeware is worse than just bad, it may be worse than you can imagine. And it's going to go downhill from there. The story that Markus Jakobsson of the Palo Alto Research Center tells is gloomy indeed. Maybe it?s even gloomy enough for you to do something about it."
Luminaries look to the future web
30 April 2008 | BBC News
PARC president and center director Mark Bernstein: 'It is a communication revolution. The internet connected resources and what the web has enabled is for people to both communicate with each other and communicate with groups of people and it's allowed the sharing of a common interest that would have no other way of connecting. It's going to become...'"
PARC shows off research projects beyond its Xerox work
29 April 2008 | VentureBeat
by Dean Takahashi
"Mark Bernstein, head of PARC, says the R&D center...is determined to commercialize its inventions through its business groups and leverage its 165 researchers. Xerox spun out PARC in 2002....[and] funds only about 50 percent of the work. The rest is financed through licenses to other corporations, research partnerships with big companies, and government grants."
Xerox Showcases Erasable Paper, Smart Documents
29 April 2008 | PC World
by Agam Shah
"Xerox's research arm Monday showcased its latest innovations, including erasable paper and tools that make documents 'smart' by adding a deeper meaning to words and images. ...The laboratory, with other Xerox research facilities, is now trying to help its parent company and other start-ups by focusing on printing and other innovations to access, use and secure electronic documents."
...PARC Opens Its Doors
29 April 2008 | PC Magazine
by Marty Orgel
"...PARC allowed reporters a rare look at new technology it is developing...including a copy machine paper that..does not use any ink or toner to put words onto the paper, ...a new way to capture and use solar energy and a laser-based medical scanner to detect rare or potentially damaging cells in human blood instead of using invasive and potentially dangerous biopsies."
Inside Innovation at...PARC
29 April 2008 | O'Reilly Radar
by Ben Lorica
"While other research labs use a large auditorium and parade different researchers in, I thought the smaller, science fair format made for better interactions between the visitors and the researchers. We saw early prototypes created by the researchers themselves, so the user interfaces were far from polished. Here are some of the highlights..."
A Peek Inside PARC
Silicon Valley's fabled invention machine shows its latest tech
29 April 2008 | Popular Science
by Sean Captain
"If technology were a religion, the...Palo Alto Research Center would be one of the holiest shrines on any pilgrimage. So much of our modern computer world was invented at this freewheeling innovation lab... PARC today is a more-focused operation that has to turn quick profits... But it's still a well-staffed corporate research lab..."
Xerox: More than just a paper company
28 April 2008 | abc7news.com
by Tomas Roman
"Scientists at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) are showing off some diverse innovations. 'We are looking at how is it that we can have an impact on things that really matter to people,' says PARC President Mark Bernstein. "
Do We Need Reusable Paper?
Xerox's famed Palo Alto Research Center previewed a printing technology that lets a printed page be reused.
28 April 2008 | InternetNews.com
by Andy Patrizio
"How many times have you printed out a document on a sheet of paper, used it once, and tossed it out? According to PARC, 44.5 percent of the time that's exactly the fate of a printed page. That's a waste of more than just the paper, but the power used to create it..."
Seeing the first Ethernet cable (and reusable paper) at...PARC
28 April 2008 | Scobleizer.com
by Robert Scoble
"The President of PARC, Mark Bernstein, gave me a tour around the famous lab where so much of our world was invented. We started at the first Ethernet cable in the world."
The FAST track to better health
Xerox's Palo Alto Research Centre is branching out into medical science
28 April 2008 | Economist.com Technology Monitor
"PARC's latest venture outside Xerox's core competence is...a long way outside. It is a way of finding rare, disease-related cells in the bloodstream. ...The Fibre Array Scanning Technology (FAST) cytometer, developed in conjunction with the Scripps Research Institute, uses an array of optical fibres and a laser beam instead."
Dai Nippon Printing (DNP) has been collaborating since 2005 with PARC to develop a system for distributing information tailor-made to match specific consumer conditions, and to promote the use of “local area” information via mobile terminals. By using this system, consumers can obtain timely information that matches their present conditions—with no need to initiate a mobile-based search.
Universal Display Corporation Delivers Flexible OLED Prototype with Novel Capabilities to U.S. Army
Flexible phosphorescent OLED display prototype demonstrates visible-light emission for daytime use and infrared-emission for nighttime viewing.
23 April 2008 | Universal Display Corporation
...this 100 dpi prototype was built on flexible metal foil using low-temperature, poly-silicon backplane technology from PARC...
Computers for the people
22 April 2008 | CNET News.com One More Thing blog
by Tom Krazit
"Designing a user interface for a mobile computer isn't hard; all you have to do is think like a person. Sounds simple, but it's taken a long time for that realization to set in, said Stu Card, manager of the user interface group at PARC. 'Mobile computing is much more intimately tied to a user's life. You need to design simultaneously...'"
Is Your Firm Ready for a New Wave of Interactive Technology?
We are fast approaching an era where technology will be able to provide consumers with instant information based on what they are doing and what they want.
2 April 2008 | Worth Reading: The Quick Take from Kiplinger, Kiplinger.com
"In a white paper entitled 'Creating New Business Opportunities Through Ubiquitous Computing,' PARC runs down and addresses the various social and technological barriers to harnessing the powers of ubiquitous computing, the security concerns, and the various commercial 'sweet spots' that will provide new opportunities to different business sectors."
How PARC sees printers boosting clean tech
Dust, heat, bright light, chaos. The inside of copiers share a lot of characteristics with the outside world.
2 April 2008 | CNET News.com
by Michael Kanellos
PARC "...is examining ways of taking technology and ideas originally devised for copiers and printers into the clean-tech market. A lot of the components and ideas at work inside printers exist to control physical forces and objects in a constantly changing environment. Thus, they should be useful in channeling sunlight or other phenomena on a larger scale."
Special Report: Sustainable Tech -- Cleantech Innovations
18 March 2008 | BusinessWeek
by Rachael King
"The term 'cleantech' refers to renewable, sustainable, and environmentally safe technologies. Researchers at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), a unit of Xerox, are exploring ways to develop cost-effective clean technologies that meet industry needs. Joining me today is Scott Elrod, Director of PARC's Cleantech Innovation Program."
Xerox and PARC on Comeback Trail with Cleantech and Other Technologies
6 March 2008 | SiliconValleyWatcher
by Tom Foremski
"'PARC was spun out so that we could harness the entrepreneurial spirit of our staff. When you hire exceptional people you don't want to narrow their focus on technologies that are just useful for Xerox,' says [Xerox CTO Sophie] Vandebroek. 'You want to be able to allow them to find commercial opportunities in adjacent sectors.'
World-wise web? Finally on the horizon are computers that can reason
3 March 2008 | Financial Times
by Richard Waters
"By using software to 'read' text, services such as Powerset...aim to add tags to data automatically. The natural language approach also raises the possibility of new applications, for example being able directly to answer questions posed by a user... Powerset is using technology licensed from PARC.. to try to solve the problems of natural language processing."
The Wisdom of the Chaperones
Digg, Wikipedia, and the myth of Web 2.0 democracy.
22 February 2008 | Slate.com
by Chris Wilson
"Palo Alto Research Center's Ed Chi, the scientist who determined that 1 percent of Wikipedians author half of the content, told me he originally hypothesized that the site's most energetic editors were acting as custodians....in reality, he found the opposite was true."
An inside tour of PARC's cleantech projects
Famous for computing breakthroughs like the GUI and ethernet, PARC is now a cleantech hotbed.
15 February 2008 | cleantech.com
by Dallas Kachan
"PARC is using its new status as an independent business to leverage its almost 40-year history in IT, mass production, microfluidics and other scientific expertise for a variety of mostly corporate clients...unlike the government focus of other research institutes. And now, there are a number of interesting cleantech-specific initiatives underway.."
Damon C. Matteo, vice president and chief intellectual property officer of PARC, named to serve three-year term on the Patent Public Advisory Committee.
SolFocus installs first solar array for 3MW Spanish CPV project
5 February 2008 | Semiconductor Today
"SolFocus Inc of Mountain View, CA, USA, a Palo Alto Research Center spin-off that manufactures III-V-based concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) systems, has installed the first CPV array in the 3MW pilot-plant project in Puertollano, Castilla-La Mancha. The project also represents the first commercial deployment of SolFocus' systems..."
A Virtual Laboratory
Second Life emerges as a new setting for psychology research
1 February 2008 | Scientific American Mind
by Katherine Leitzel
"Second Life allows researchers to study scenarios that they cannot in real life... Communications scientist Nick Yee of PARC, who uses Second Life as his primary laboratory, says that the setting could provide new ways to explore people's feelings about age, sex or race... "