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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."

 

DNP Conducts Field Trials aiming to Commercialize Consumer Information Distribution Service “Magitti”
25 April 2008 | DNP

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.."

 

U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez Names New Members to Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees
14 February 2008

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... "

 

'Smart' Fitting Room Suggests What to Wear
23 January 2008 | Discovery Channel/ Discovery News
by Tracy Staedter

"..a dressing room equipped with cameras and interactive displays could lead to intelligent fitting rooms that connect shoppers to a social fashion network... 'The system improves [a shopper's]...shopping experience,' said Wei Zhang. Zhang developed the system with Takashi Matsumoto of Keio University and Juan Liu, Maurice Chu and Bo Begole of PARC."

 

DARPA kicks off green laser project
Non-polar GaN substrates and low-defect crystal growth will have an important part to play in powerful, practical green laser diodes.
10 January 2008 | Optics.org
by Andy Extance

PARC is one of "Nine research groups...tackling the challenge of producing a high-power 500 nm semiconductor laser in a three-year US-based research program called VIGIL, which stands for Visible InGaN Injection Lasers, a name that reflects the need to include high proportions of indium to obtain green light from GaN-based laser diodes."

 

Emerging Technology: Mobile, Web 2.0 technology will keep changing the game
4 January 2008 | Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal
by Emma Ritch

"The 230 people who work at the Palo Alto Research Center, including 170 scientists, are hard at work to solve problems in some of the most complicated emerging technologies, including biomedical products, clean tech, large-area electronics and social cognition. Center Director Mark Bernstein says the researchers have a common goal of bringing scientific perspectives together to solve problems."

 

Printed documents may self-erase in future
'Erasable paper' can be reused, reduces waste
1 January 2008 | Palo Alto Online
by Joyce Tang

"Printed matter is literally disappearing at Palo Alto Research Center, Inc. (PARC). In partnership with Xerox Research Centre of Canada since early 2004, PARC scientists have been developing 'erasable paper,' temporary documents that self-erase within a matter of hours."

 

The Year in Hardware
The Past 12 Months Have Featured Touch Screens, Context-Aware Gadgets, Autonomous Vehicles and Brain-Computer Interfaces
26 December 2007 | ABC News
by Kate Greene

"...a number of products and research projects tried to make phones and other gadgets even smarter. ...Researchers at the Palo Alto Research Center have developed an application for a phone that suggests things that the user might want to do, places to eat and shop, and things to see, based on location, time of day, past preferences, and even text-message conversations."

 

A Tour of PARC
20 December 2007 | How to Change the World blog
by Guy Kawasaki

"PARC was the center of the universe for the development of many personal computer and Internet technologies... Maybe 'center of the universe' is an exaggeration, but at the very least, it's one of the main trees as you can see by downloading this diagram or looking at this timeline. I recently got a tour of the company, and these are my photos... "

 

SolFocus boosts second-round funding by $11.6m to $63.6m
22 November 2007 | 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 raised a further $11.6m. Together with $32m from SolFocus Inc's Series A round in June 2006 (led by NEA), total venture capital is now over $95m."

 

New PARC software turns a cell phone into a personal assistant
Can recommend local restaurants, concerts or where to buy the latest Xbox
21 November 2007 | Computerworld
by Sharon Gaudin

"'We're trying to make [the cell phone] more like a human,' said Victoria Bellotti, a principal scientist at PARC. 'Instead of just directing stuff at you, it tries to make inferences about what kind of activity you're engaged in...' PARC is researching and developing the software on behalf of a Japanese company, Dai Nippon Printing Co."

 

Solar concentrator collects $63 million in new funding
20 November 2007 | CNET News.com Green Tech Blog
by Martin La Monica

"SolFocus has now raised a total of $63.6 million in series B funding to move into production of its solar power plants. SolFocus, which was spun out of Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) is perhaps the most high-profile company to pursue solar concentrators, where mirrors and lenses magnify light in order to squeeze more electricity from very efficient solar cells."

 

SolFocus adds $11.6M in first round funds
20 November 2007 | Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal
by Emma Ritch

"SolFocus Inc., a developer and maker of solar energy products, said on Tuesday it raised another $11.6 million, bringing its first round funding total to $63.6 million. The company was spun out of Palo Alto Research Center and focuses on solar concentrators, in which mirrors and lenses magnify light."

 

Laptops of the Future Promise Sleek Designs, Smarter Storage
19 November 2007 | CIO
by John Edwards

"..notebooks face an obesity crisis. Compared to conventional LCDs, organic displays are thinner, brighter and less power hungry...[and] provide significantly better outdoor viewing. Flexible organic displays are also more or less unbreakable, says Robert Street, a senior research fellow at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). 'That would be a huge benefit in notebooks, especially in ruggedized models.'"

 

Smart Phone Suggests Things to Do
New software uses artificial intelligence to infer your behavior and serve up appropriate lists of restaurants, stores, and events.
12 November 2007 | Technology Review
by Kate Greene

"...today's handheld [mobile phone] is a mini personal computer, complete with multimedia players, maps, and Web browsers. Now researchers at PARC want to push the phone farther. They have developed software that turns a phone into a thoughtful personal assistant, one that helps people find fun things to do. The software, called Magitti, uses a combination of cues...to infer interests."

 

Entrepreneurs Welcome
StartUp@PARC will create customized partnerships for new ventures.
1 November 2007 | IndustryWeek
by Jill Jusko

"Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)...has launched Startup@PARC, an initiative to partner with entrepreneurs and investors to bring transformative technologies to market. The open innovation model is not new to PARC...but the introduction of a formalized process to engage small ventures and entrepreneurs is, says PARC spokesperson Linda Jacobson..."

 

...boffins work on selective encryption
New technology blocks access to [redacted] data
18 October 2007 | vnunet.com
by Ian Williams

Researchers at PARC "demonstrated new software designed to increase speed and accuracy when removing sensitive or confidential material from documents...only sensitive sections or paragraphs are encrypted. The Intelligent Redaction software also displays or hides restricted portions of the document so that it appears differently to different people without the need to manage several versions of the same data."

 

Xerox Demos 'Intelligent Redaction'
It uses natural-language processing and security techniques to identify offending data.
17 October 2007 | eWeek.com
by Daniel P. Dern

"Xerox is developing new software capabilities that could help automate the redaction process, making it easier, faster and more comprehensive than the current keyword-oriented products enterprises use to hide information for accessible documents."

 

Xerox developing new document encryption technology
16 October 2007 | SearchSecurity.com
by Dennis Fisher

"The software is able to take into account the context of words or phrases in a document and determine when to redact the content and when to let it go. 'There is some natural language processing in there, but humans are very much in the loop,' said Jessica Staddon, the area manager of the security and privacy research group at PARC."

 

Ethnographic Researches by Japanese Firms Draw Attention
15 October 2007 | Tech-On (Nikkei Business Publications)
by Phil Keys

"Palo Alto Research Center Inc. (PARC)...introduced a research...targeting the development process at Fujitsu's software business department in its program titled "Teaching Organizational Ethnography." One of this research's objectives was to enhance knowledge in ethnography at Fujitsu."

 

Trust Me
9 October 2007 | Wikipedia Weekly interview, Episode 32

"Witty Lama interviews the people behind Wikidashboard - the tool designed to increase social transperancy and trust on Wikipedia - from the Augmented Social Cognition research group at PARC."

 

From PARC, the mobile phone as tour guide
28 September 2007 | CNET News.com
by Elinor Mills

"...PARC has developed a mobile application that offers up information that would be useful to a wanderer ...The more you interact with it— showing preference for things and rating them— the more it learns about your personal tastes, and its suggestions reflect that. It uses collaborative filtering to recommend things that others with similar tastes..."

 

DNP, PARC Jointly Develop Recommender System for Mobile Terminals
26 September 2007 | DNP

Dai Nippon Printing Co. Ltd. (DNP) in conjunction with PARC has developed a context- and activity-aware system that recommends information about “local area” activities, such as shopping and dining, matching the consumer’s location, time of day and personal tastes.

 

Lab Seeds
25 September 2007 | Innovation Pipeline
by Lee Bruno

"Palo Alto Research Center is a household name among engineers, entrepreneurs and local historians. It's the birthplace of many technologies that changed the computer industry. ...Mark Bernstein, president and director of PARC, believes the research institution's new program, Startup@PARC.com, will open up new opportunities and add the pieces (and focus) it lacked in the 1970s, '80s and '90s."

 

Research Pioneer PARC Seeks Partners
22 September 2007 | IDG News
by Nancy Gohring

"...the two entrepreneurs moved into space at PARC, where they collaborated with PARC researchers on technology. The team gradually grew to 50 people and now has moved into its own offices as an independent company, SolFocus Inc. SolFocus paid PARC for the space in the lab as well as resources such as Internet access. As they worked together, the two parties also distinguished between PARC intellectual property (IP), SolFocus IP and joint IP for revenue-sharing purposes...

PARC had a similar but structurally different experience with another startup, Powerset Inc., a company working on a natural-language search engine. That came about when an entrepreneur came to PARC, which already had about 100 patents related to natural-language research, and promoted the idea of starting a business around a natural-language search offering that could scale and perform well..."

 

PARC opens incubator, may change plodding reputation?
21 September 2007 | VentureBeat
by Chris Morrison

"...Over the decades, PARC has incubated about a dozen companies. A new program called Startup@PARC, however, could incubate the same number of companies in just a year or two. PARC will work work with several companies at once, and has issued a formal application process here to kick it off..."

 

Powerset aims to outsmart Google
19 September 2007 | USA Today
by Michael Liedtke

"This isn't the first time a search engine has tried to understand simple English, but Powerset has drawn more attention because its natural-language technology is being licensed from the Palo Alto Research Center."

 

Powerset to Skeptics: Try Us
19 September 2007 | New York Times Bits
by Miguel Helft

Powerset "...is opening up pieces of its technology to a large community of early testers in hopes of persuading them that it has a shot at pulling off its mission. ...Powerset doesn't have a product yet, but rather a collection of promising natural language technologies, which are the fruit of years of research at Xerox PARC."

 

Powerset takes on Google, Yahoo with PARC technology
17 September 2007 | Silicon Valley/ San Jose Business Journal

Powerset "which has about $12.5 million in venture backing, said its algorithms are programmed to understand plain-English search requests as opposed to the 'keyword' system used by other search engines...The company licenses its technology from the Palo Alto Research Center..."

 

SolFocus Attracts $52 Million from V.C.s
5 September 2007 | DealBook, The New York Times

"SolFocus, a solar technology company that was incubated at ...PARC, has raised $52 million more dollars to help it open in Europe."

 

PARC: From inkjets to Solar PV...new, concentrated solar PV system
21 August 2007 | Podtech
by Margot Gerritsen

"PARC...has ventured into the clean technology area. Recently, PARC worked together with the start-up SolFocus on the development of a new type of solar PV system, which is as effective as existing solar PV technology but requires a much smaller volume of silicon per unit area."

 

Navigating your brain made easier
7 August 2007 | The News & Observer
by Paul Gilster

"Highly anticipated startup Powerset is close to releasing a natural language search engine that has everyone in the trade talking. The reason for the buzz is the pedigree involved. Powerset licensed a natural language technology from Xerox's fabled Palo Alto Research Center, tapping 30 years of expertise."

 

Solar start-up SolFocus buys sun-tracking company
1 August 2007 | CNET NewsBlog
by Martin LaMonica

"A spin-off from Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center, SolFocus builds solar concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) arrays that use several small mirrored dishes to magnify sunlight hundreds of times to get more electricity from high-efficiency solar cells. "

 

Building a Better Search Engine
A new natural-language system is based on 30 years of research at PARC.
27 July 2007 | Technology Review
by Michael Reisman

"Powerset, Inc. claims that the engine finds the best answer by considering the meaning and context of the question and related Web pages. A key component of the search engine is a deep natural-language processing system that extracts the relationships between words; the system was developed from PARC's Xerox Linguistic Environment (XLE) platform."

 

Five Ideas That Will Reinvent Modern Computing
20 June 2007 | PC Magazine
by Cade Metz and Jamie Bsales

"Extreme Peer to Peer: With a project called Content-Centric Networking, or CCN, [Van] Jacobson and his team of PARC networking gurus are...building a networking system that revolves around the data itself...Under the CCN model, you don't tell the network that you're interested in connecting to a server. You tell it that you want a particular piece of data."

 

Business Objects to Acquire Text Analytics Leader Inxight Software
Combination of Inxight and Business Objects to Deliver First Full Spectrum Business Intelligence Platform
22 May 2007 | SAP

Born out of Xerox PARC, Inxight is a recognized leader in providing innovative solutions for unstructured information discovery across 32 languages.

 

Manufacturing progress key to flexible electronics' success
1 May 2007 | Small Times
by Tom Cheyney

"Surface roughness is still an issue with flex and is not good enough for making transistors,' explains Bob Street, senior research fellow at Palo Alto Research Center. ...Pointing out the susceptibility of flexible substrates to scratching, Street says the plastics people 'need to learn how to improve quality.'"

 

The Coming Virtual Web
In the future, the Internet is almost certain to look more realistic, interactive, and social -- a lot like a virtual world
16 April 2007 | BusinessWeek
by Robert D. Hof

"'Three-dimensional virtual worlds will, in the near future, be pervasive interfaces for the Internet,' says Bob Moore, a sociologist who studies virtual worlds at Palo Alto Research Center, or PARC."

 

Verbal reasoning and the new internet goldrush
The future of search is not about retrieving information, it is about understanding the text.
27 March 2007 | Guardian Unlimited
by John Sterlicchi

"Powerset certainly does have an impressive pedigree. The company has licenced computational linguistics technology from the famous Palo Alto Research Center... Ron Kaplan, who moved from PARC to Powerset to be chief technology and science officer, has spent 30 years working at the centre and is respected as a leader in the computational linguistics field."

 

UniPixel claims an edge on LCDs
15 March 2007 | EE Times
by Nicolas Mokhoff

"UniPixel Displays Inc. developed its Time Multiplexed Optical Shutter (TMOS) technology to address display requirements in avionics applications. ...'Our ability to realize the engineering prototypes in a reasonable time frame is enhanced tremendously by our relationship with PARC,' said UniPixel president Reed Killion."

 

Powerset Welcomes Ronald Kaplan as Chief Technology and Science Officer
Natural Language Expert to Lead Commercialization of Three Decades of Groundbreaking Research
13 March 2007 | Powerset

Kaplan joins Powerset from Palo Alto Research Center, Inc. (PARC), a leading R&D organization that collaborates with various businesses and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Xerox Corporation. While at PARC, he created and led the Natural Language Theory and Technology research group.

 

Energy Secretary Announces Selection of $168 Million in Solar Energy Projects
Key Element of the Advanced Energy Initiative, seeks to make solar technology cost-competitive by 2015
8 March 2007 | U.S. Department of Energy

BP Solar is one of thirteen teams selected for funding under the Solar America Initiative. BP Solar's research will focus on reducing wafer thickness while improving yield of multi-crystalline silicon PV for commercial and residential markets. Project partners include the Palo Alto Research Center.

 

Powerset's search technology scoop, may scare Google
Powerset, a San Francisco search engine company, will announce Friday it has won exclusive rights to significant search engine technology it says may help propel it past Google.
8 February 2007 | Venture Beat
by Matt Marshall

"The technology, developed at Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in Silicon Valley, seeks to understand the meanings between words, akin to the way humans understand language -- and is thus called 'natural language.' ...The deal is significant because practical use of linguistic technology has eluded Google."

 

In a Search Refinement, a Chance to Rival Google
7 February 2007 | New York Times
by Miguel Helft

"...Powerset, is licensing PARC's 'natural language' technology. ...PARC's natural-language technology is among the 'most comprehensive in existence,' said Fernando Pereira, an expert in natural language and the chairman of the department of computer and information science at the University of Pennsylvania."

 

'Second Life' Lessons: Cisco, IBM Pace Corporate Push Into Virtual Worlds
Companies as varied as Toyota, Dell, Sears, and Adidas have all established bulkheads in the 3-D virtual world called "Second Life." Is this influx of brands an exciting precursor of how we'll be conducting business very soon, or the ultimate exercise in
3 February 2007 | InformationWeek
by Alice LaPlante

"'What the useful application will be for business is the million dollar question,' says Bob Moore, a member of the research staff at the Computing Science Laboratory at PARC, who studies virtual worlds. 'A lot of it is just plain hype. We see corporations are excited about it...but the jury is still out about the real business value.'"

 

Xerox's Erasable Paper Project
17 January 2007 | Black and White
by John Eastman

Xerox Corporation's erasable paper is a "collaborative effort with Palo Alto Research Center, PARC and the Xerox Research Centre in Canada. [PARC] began to look at work-studies of how people use their documents in the office and that was where we really began to realize that actually people don't keep what they print for very long."

 

The New Security Solutions
Emerging security technology has several admirable goals: proactive, integrated, inferential
4 December 2006 | InformationWeek
by Larry Greenemeier

"PARC has created prototype privacy monitoring software designed to understand the inferences in data, the meaning of a name, address, or other piece of data, so it can be removed— or obfuscated, in the case of an electronic document— before it's sent out across the network."

 

Now you see it, later you won't
Xerox strives for an 'erasable paper' system for copiers
27 November 2006 | International Herald Tribune
by John Markoff

"Xerox is working on a chemical process that would allow its copiers to recycle paper documents, possibly an unlimited number of times. ...paper increasingly is used as a medium of display rather than of storage, according to Brinda Dalal, an anthropologist at the Palo Alto Research Center where she and the Xerox chemists are developing an 'erasable paper' system."

 

Xerox Seeks Erasable Form of Paper For Copiers
27 November 2006 | The New York Times
by John Markoff

PARC anthropoligist Brinda Dalal "has become a self-styled ''garbologist'.. 'Nobody looks at the ephemeral information going through people's waste baskets,' said Dalal. Her research is part of a three-year-old technology development effort to design an add-on system for an office copier to produce 'transient documents' that can be easily reused."

 

What are Web's societal, scientific consequences?
Academics begin studying impact of having a wired planet.
3 November 2006 | San Francisco Chronicle
by Tom Abate

"'There are unintended consequences we're seeing as the Web grows,'' said [PARC] network researcher Van Jacobson. ...living amidst a glut of information is the issue of trust. 'What proof do I have that they are who they say they are?' Jacobson asked rhetorically."

 

A DRM Pioneer Comes in from the Cold
18 October 2006 | DRMWatch
by Bill Rosenblatt

"One of the most important events that got me interested in what we now call DRM was a 1995 visit to my office by Dr. Mark Stefik, a Xerox PARC researcher. Stefik and his colleagues from Xerox were investigating the commercial possibilities of his research into technology for controlling access to copyrighted works."

 

Bringing Sci-Fi Tech Into the Enterprise
Today's science fiction often becomes tomorrow's reality. Science fiction writers presaged flight, nuclear weapons, cyberspace and computer viruses, among other ...
1 October 2006 | CIO
by Michael Fitzgerald

"...Philips and PARC have both demonstrated flexible displays, some made using printer-style jet arrays, for use with cell phones and other handhelds. Robert Street, a PARC senior research fellow, says that the company's jet-printed arrays and rollable displays are in early prototype stages -- mostly because of manufacturing challenges and the need to develop manufacturing equipment."

 

New Twist on LCD Displays
19 September 2006 | Computerworld
by Robert L. Mitchell

"Printing on thin polymer sheets allows for a more efficient, automated process than the discrete manufacturing techniques used to produce individual silicon chips on a production line. 'These are primarily issues of cost,' says Bob Street, senior research fellow at Palo Alto Research Center. 'The idea is one can use printing presses rather than silicon fabs to make these devices.'"

 

Consortium for Functional Glycomics Awarded $40.7 Million "Glue" Grant
New Multi-Year Funding Will Allow International Group to Unravel Carbohydrates Mysteries
7 September 2006 | The Scripps Research Institute

The new grant will be shared by several institutions, including the Palo Alto Research Center.

 

Universal Display to provide portable flexible communications device to Navy
1 September 2006 | Military & Aerospace Electronics
by John McHale

"The display will be built on flexible metal foil to provide flexibility, light weight, and ruggedness and will use poly-silicon backplane technology from Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)..."

 

Smart Pages
Xerox technology protects sensitive digital information.
1 September 2006 | Technology Review
by Tom Mashberg

"Your doctor needs access to all the medical data in your file, but you don't want the insurance clerks seeing your blood results... Billions of documents— from banking records to personnel files— present similar concerns, which makes for 'a pretty gnarly security problem,' says Jessica Staddon, manager of security research at PARC..."

 

SolFocus and Spectrolab ink major solar cell deal
Boeing subsidiary Spectrolab sells 600,000 triple-junction cells to the Californian start-up SolFocus.
29 August 2006 | CompoundSemiconductor.net

"Under the 12-month supply deal, the Boeing subsidiary will deliver concentrator cells that will be used to supply renewable energy to homes and businesses in the US. ...SolFocus is based at the renowned Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)..."

 

Solar Energy Startup SolFocus nets $25 million in Series A financing led by NEA
Funding enables expansion of team, accelerated reliability test series, pilot production, and guaranteed cell supply
25 July 2006 | SolFocus

The agreement is the largest to date in the CPV industry and will support SolFocus’ field test series and first phase of active deployments through 2007. In February 2006 SolFocus announced a strategic partnership with Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) for core patents and technology development in concentrator photovoltaics (CPV).

 

Pioneering Technology Lab Now Puts Energy Into Solar
PARC and others are tackling the mechanics as well as the efficiency of photovoltaic power.
3 July 2006 | Los Angeles Times
by Charles Piller

"...the storied lab that gave the world laser printing and graphical user interfaces is trying to harness the sun to power its inventions. ...PARC has produced super-efficient solar systems that experts say could make photovoltaic power --sunlight converted directly into electricity -- available on a large scale at prices competitive with fossil fuels for the first time."

 

Making virtual worlds more lifelike
8 June 2006 | CNet News.Com
by Daniel Terdiman

PARC researchers have [been] "studying the social dimensions of so-called massively multiplayer online games (MMOs) to better understand the design challenges behind creating satisfying face-to-face avatar and other interactions in such environments. The basic concept behind the research...is to analyze and potentially develop systems that publishers would pay for to make their games more attractive to more players."

 

PARC and Uni-Pixel Collaborate On New Display Technology
12 May 2006 | SmallTimes

"The new technology, Time Multiplexed Optical Shutter (TMOS) is a patented Micro Electronic Mechanical System (MEMS) approach to flat panel displays that uses a single pixel structure to emit the full color spectrum."