Day in Technology History for April 13
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Atari signs a long-term agreement with Williams Electronics, giving Atari first refusal rights to Williams’ coin-operated arcade games for home platforms.
Subband Software releases the MacAmp MP3 player for Macs.
Lewis Platt, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Hewlett-Packard Company raises a controversy on Wall Street when he announces his intentions to generate a “double digit” revenue growth in 1999. Once the market closes, the firm’s marketing department issues a statement elaborating on Platt’s remarks and explaining that “double digit” refers to the expected shipments of computers rather than the financial results.
The heavy metal group Metallica sues Napster, alleging copyright infringement and racketeering.
United States prosecutors announce indictments against five alleged Internet child pornography traffickers. According to US District Attorney Paul Coggins, “This indictment is the first in history to target foreign Web masters and their corrupt co-conspirators in the United States.” The indictment names Thomas and Janice Reedy, who have allegedly collected over one million dollars for providing clients access to child pornography sites hosted by three web masters in Indonesia and Russia.
Version 1.5.2 of the Python programming language is released. .
The website of the Porsche Club is hacked by “glue”. .
Apple Computer discontinues the Power Mac G4 667 computer. .
International Business Machines (IBM) introduces the PowerPC Internet Appliance Platform (PowerPC I.A.P.), a new line of microchips for consumer-electronics devices that are intended to drastically reduce the size and power requirements of Internet appliances. The technology combines a microprocessor with other technologies such as touch-screen management, memory drivers, and Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) drivers. Price: US$60
Yahoo! announces that it will begin removing all adult-related merchandise, including pornography from its auction, classifieds, and shopping services. The announcement precipitates a barrage of complaints from users. Visit the official Yahoo! Auctions, Yahoo! Classifieds, and Yahoo! Shopping websites.
Gmail becomes available in several new languages, including: British English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, simplified Chinese, and traditional Chinese. .
In an interview, Intel co-founder Gordon E. Moore says of Moore’s Law that, “It can’t continue forever. The nature of exponentials is that you push them out and eventually disaster happens.” Moore’s Law is the tenet that the power of microprocessor technology will double every eighteen months. He goes on to predict that transistors will eventually reach the limits of miniaturization. “In terms of size [of transistor] you can see that we’re approaching the size of atoms which is a fundamental barrier, but it’ll be two or three generations before we get that far—but that’s as far out as we’ve ever been able to see. We have another 10 to 20 years before we reach a fundamental limit. By then they’ll be able to make bigger chips and have transistor budgets in the billions.”
Google Calendar offers Gmail integration.
Panasonic announces its first Blu-ray Disc player for the US market, the DMP-BD10. It will ship in late 2006 along with Panasonic’s first commercially available plasma HDTV. .
Version 1.0.8 of Firefox is released, featuring several security fixes.
Intel issues a fix for Solid State Drives - the X25 and X18 models that address an internal fragmentation issue first reported in February.
President Barak Obama changes policy to allow better telecommunications links to Cuba