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 for Xerox PARC
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  XEROX PARC
   /zee'roks park?/, n.
  
      The famed Palo Alto Research Center. For more than a decade, from the early
      1970s into the mid-1980s, PARC yielded an astonishing volume of
      groundbreaking hardware and software innovations. The modern mice, windows,
      and icons style of software interface was invented there. So was the laser
      printer and the local-area network; and PARC's series of D machines
      anticipated the powerful personal computers of the 1980s by a decade.
      Sadly, the prophets at PARC were without honor in their own company, so
      much so that it became a standard joke to describe PARC as a place that
      specialized in developing brilliant ideas for everyone else.
  
      The stunning shortsightedness and obtusity of XEROX's top-level suits has
      been well anatomized in Fumbling The Future: How XEROX Invented, Then
      Ignored, the First Personal Computer by Douglas K. Smith and Robert C.
      Alexander (William Morrow & Co., 1988, ISBN 0-688-09511-9).
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  XEROX PARC
  Palo Alto Research Center
  Palo Alto Research Centre
  PARC
  
     /zee'roks park'/ Xerox Corporation's Palo Alto Research
     Center.
  
     For more than a decade, from the early 1970s into the
     mid-1980s, PARC yielded an astonishing volume of
     ground-breaking hardware and software innovations.  The modern
     mice, windows, and icons ({WIMP) style of software interface
     was invented there.  So was the laser printer and the
     local-area network; Smalltalk; and PARC's series of D
     machines anticipated the powerful personal computers of the
     1980s by a decade.  Sadly, the prophets at PARC were without
     honour in their own company, so much so that it became a
     standard joke to describe PARC as a place that specialised in
     developing brilliant ideas for everyone else.
  
     The stunning shortsightedness and obtusity of XEROX's
     top-level suits has been well described in the reference
     below.
  
     ["Fumbling The Future: How XEROX Invented, Then Ignored, the
     First Personal Computer" by Douglas K. Smith and Robert
     C. Alexander (William Morrow & Co., 1988, ISBN
     0-688-09511-9)].
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1995-01-26)
  

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