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Lockheed Martin opens technology center

PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 11 (UPI) --Lockheed Martin opens Silicon Valley technology center for the development of optical payloads used in satellites, lasers and other systems.
Richard Tomkins
Elon Musk responds to full-page ad written by Tesla owners

Elon Musk responds to full-page ad written by Tesla owners

PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 25 (UPI) --Two "very highly satisfied" Tesla owners took out a full-page ad in a local newspaper with suggested improvements to which Tesla CEO Elon Musk responded.
Aileen Graef
Tesla to launch $35K Model 3 in 2017, targets BMW 3 Series

Tesla to launch $35K Model 3 in 2017, targets BMW 3 Series

PALO ALTO, Calif., July 16 (UPI) --Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed a media report that the company's next car will be based on the Model X SUV and will be called the Model 3, selling for $35,000.
Ananth Baliga
NASA's IRIS observes first coronal mass ejection -- aka a giant solar flare

NASA's IRIS observes first coronal mass ejection -- aka a giant solar flare

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 30 (UPI) --Earlier this month, NASA's newest solar observatory, IRIS, was in prime position to capture a detailed profile view of an extraordinary solar flare ejection.
Brooks Hays
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan to give $120M to San Francisco-area schools

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan to give $120M to San Francisco-area schools

SAN FRANCISCO, May 30 (UPI) --Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, said Friday they are giving $120 million over five years to schools in the San Francisco area.
Frances Burns
James Franco posts bed selfie with 'Pretty Little Liars' star

James Franco posts bed selfie with 'Pretty Little Liars' star

NEW YORK, April 23 (UPI) -- James Franco took to Instagram Tuesday to share a selfie from bed with "Pretty Little Liars" star Keegan Allen.
Veronica Linares
Yosemite climber falls 30 feet, suffers major injuries

Yosemite climber falls 30 feet, suffers major injuries

YOSEMITE VILLAGE, Calif., April 21 (UPI) -- The 26-year-old rock climber was rescued by helicopter.
Kate Stanton
James Franco talks poetry, denies he slept with Lindsay Lohan

James Franco talks poetry, denies he slept with Lindsay Lohan

March 27 (UPI) -- James Franco discussed his book of poetry, "Directing Herbert White," and denied claims that he slept with Lindsay Lohan in a recent interview.
Annie Martin

Lockheed Martin opens new laboratory facility

March 25 (UPI) -- Lockheed opens new Advanced Materials & Thermal Sciences Center research laboratories.
Richard Tomkins

Extra Points: Free agent frenzy

NFL fans who stopped at the grocery store on Tuesday afternoon or swung by school to pick up the kids after their extracurricular activities missed quite a bit.
Highest paid interns make over $7k a month

Highest paid interns make over $7k a month

PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 28 (UPI) -- The highest paid interns in the country are making $6,000 to over $7,000 per month.
Aileen Graef
Google to expand fiber network to 34 cities

Google to expand fiber network to 34 cities

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Google is set to expand its high-speed fiber optic network, which provides speeds a 100 times faster than regular internet connections, to 34 cities.
Ananth Baliga
Corvette Stingray, Silverado pickup earn top honors

Corvette Stingray, Silverado pickup earn top honors

Trucks made as much news as cars at the Detroit auto show -- but no automaker made more news than General Motors.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer

Macy's to lay off 2,500

CINCINNATI, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. department store chain Macy's said it would close five stores in the second quarter of the year and lay off about 2,500 workers.
Dennis Rodman leaves for N. Korea despite recent turmoil there

Dennis Rodman leaves for N. Korea despite recent turmoil there

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman left for North Korea to help train its basketball team despite the country's turmoil, the online betting company sponsoring him said.
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Snow dusts the mountain tops above Silicon Valley as cold temperatures and overnight precipitation pushed the snow line within sight of a house in Palo Alto (L) and the dirigible hanger (R) at Moffett Field, California on February 14, 2009. (UPI Photo/Terry Schmitt)
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Palo Alto (pronounced /ˌpæloʊˈæltoʊ/, from Spanish: palo: "stick" (or "branch") and alto: "high") is a California charter city located in the northwest corner of Santa Clara County, in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, USA. It is named after a tree called El Palo Alto. The city includes portions of Stanford University and is headquarters to a number of Silicon Valley high-technology companies, including Hewlett-Packard, VMware and Facebook. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 58,598 residents.

Earliest recorded history stems from 1769, when Gaspar de Portolà noted an Ohlone settlement. This remains an area of known Indian mounds. A plaque is erected at Middlefield Road and Embarcadero Road to commemorate this area.

The city got its name from a tall tree, El Palo Alto, by the banks of the San Francisquito Creek bordering Menlo Park. You can still find half of this tree (the other half was destroyed when the creek flooded) along the foot bridge on Alma Street. A plaque recounts the story of a 63 man, 200 horse expedition from San Diego to Monterey from November 7–11, 1769. The group overshot and reached the San Francisco Bay instead. Thinking the bay was too wide to cross, the group decided to turn around near 'el palo alto.'

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Palo Alto."
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