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Day in Tech History: August 23rd


The telescope is first demonstrated by Galileo.


Bell Laboratories announces their experiment with a “picture phone” transmission that sends pictures along with sound over regular telephone lines.


The Intelsat communication satellite is launched.


Origin Systems releases the roleplaying game (rpg) Ultima III: Exodus for personal computers. It will have an immense influence on the development of both the American and Japanese traditions of role-playing video games.


Nintendo announces that it has agreed to use Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) technology in a video game platform it’s developing with the 64-bit MIPS R4000 processor. The news instantly knocks the price of 3DO shares down by $4.50. The move comes as SGI enters a struggle with decreasing revenues and leadership changes that partnerships such as the one with Nintendo won’t stop. Nintendo anticipates that the system will have an operating speed greater than 100MHz and the ability to support High-Definition Television (HDTV). Ultimately the system will be repeatedly delayed and renamed. On September 30, 1996, Nintendo will finally release the Nintendo 64 in North America. Code-named: Project Reality Price: US$250


Microsoft release their Windows 95 operating system, which includes a web browser called Internet Explorer. By the fall of 1996, Internet Explorer will have seized a third market share surpassed Netscape to became the leading web browser in 1999.


The world’s first professional auction of Atari memorabilia takes place at the Holiday Inn Boardwalk Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada during the World of Atari ‘98 show.

The Paramount website is hacked by Zyklon, a member of the Seattle hacking group “Legions of the Underground” (LoU). Visit the official Legions of the Underground website.


Pyra Labs launches the Blogger personal website publishing system. As one of the earliest dedicated blog-publishing tools, it will be credited with popularizing the blog format.


Intel announces the XScale processor for future handheld computers, and demonstrates a processor running at 1GHz.


IBM launches a new marketing campaign that includes a new logo of their traditional blue-and-white stripes graphically pealed back to reveal the words: “IBM Technology”. The effort is reminiscent of when Intel Corporation launched its “Intel Inside” campaign several years earlier.


Apple Computer launches Mac OS X 10.2 operating system. This version includes several few features, including the instant-messaging client iChat and handwriting recognition technology Inkwell. For the first time since the original Macintosh launch in January 1984, the “Happy Mac” icon is not part of the system’s start-up sequence. It has been replaced by a silver-gray Apple icon. Code-name: Jaguar Price: US$129 for a single user or US$199 for a five-user package


Jesus Oquendo “sil” of AntiOffline releases the Border Router Attack Tool (BRAT) as part of “Theories in Denials of Service in an effort to make administrators aware of the possibility of a worm attack tool capable of breaking backbone routes on the Internet


Yahoo!acquires forty percent of the online auction site for US$1 billion US, and Alibaba will take over operation of Yahoo! China.


The first hashtag showed up on Twitter. Hashtags have been used on IRC, but Twitter user Chris Messina (@chrismessina as @factoryjoe) Tweeted this: how do you feel about using # (pound) for groups. As in #barcamp?


Google iOS search application gets push notifications.

Satellite TV service Dish Network takes it's online-streaming service out of beta and begins putting shows online. This is a service only for Dish subscribers.

RIAA President Cary Sherman announces that US copyright law is not working. He proposes broadband providers need to agree to antipiracy measures. US copyright came to law in 1998.


Yale and Purdue Universities report exposure to over 43,000 social security numbers


Steve Ballmer announces he will be retiring within 12 months.

Apple acquires Embark - a transit map app.

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