December 17

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Day in Tech History: Dec 17th

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The first episode of The Simpsons airs on the FOX television network.


Kay-Bee Toy Stores stops selling the Digital Pictures game The Night Trap video game for personal computers and the Sega Genesis game system, in response to public complaints about violence contained in the game and a December 9, 1993 joint Senate Judiciary and Government Affairs Committee hearing on video game violence that prominently and infamously examined both Mortal Kombat and Night Trap. In particular, the game contains a highly controversial full-motion scene in which of a young girl in a nightgown is murdered. During the hearings, the game was described as disgusting, shameful, sick, and ultra-violent. F.A.O. Schwarz and Toys ‘R’ Us stopped selling the game a day earlier.


At the Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Option Red supercomputer is activated. Equipped with 9072 Intel Pentium Pro processors with 600GB of memory and 2TB of disc storage, the computer is able to perform one trillion floating-point operations per second, making it the fastest computer in the world. The computer cost US$55 million dollar (US) computer.


The United States Justice Department asks Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson to hold Microsoft in contempt for failing to obey court orders regarding their bundling of Internet Explorer with the Windows operating system.

The website of Softex is hacked by tattoo & mantis.


The Beijing Number One Intermediate Court of China throws out a case filed by Microsoft against the Yadu Group, accusing them of using pirated Microsoft Office and Windows applications on their office computers.

Michael Ian Campbell, age 18, of Cape Coral, Florida is arrested for allegedly transmitting a threat over the Internet to a student of Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Campbell allegedly threatened to finish what gunmen Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold had started using the handle Soup81?.


Version 2.00 of the PureBasic programming language is released. It is the first non-beta version released to the public.


AMD releases the Mobile Duron 1000 processor, featuring a 64KB Level-2 Cache and a 200MHz Front-Side Bus.

Yahoo!launches LAUNCH, an Internet radio service. Visit the official LAUNCH website.


Linux kernel 2.6.0 is released. Many features from uCLinux (designed for embedded microcontrollers) have been integrated into the kernel, along with support for NUMA (used in large, multi-processor systems). An improved scheduler and scalability improvements have also been implemented in this version to help ensure that Linux will maintain its reputation for running on everything from small embedded devices to large enterprise-class servers and mainframes. As always, support for new classes of hardware have been significantly improved. Kernal 2.6.0 contains 5,929,913 lines of code.


Version 1.1 of the QiLinux live! operating system is released. QiLinux is a Linux distribution created from scratch for desktop and server functions.


Web site Ribbit announces a Web based telephony business, which will include a IP Telephony service

Blognation CEO Sam Sethi puts Blognation up for auction. Sam started the site after Michael Arrington let him go on TechCrunch.

Comcast files suit with the NFL due to comments going through the marketing campaign


Yahoo shuts down Jumpcut and steers people to the Flickr video option.

Joost discontinues it's software application

Sprint / Nextell release a wireless 3G/4G USB card. 4G was rolled out in October in limited markets. The card costs $149.00 after $50 Mail in Rebate. Service will cost $79.99 / mo


Google gets wink to photo mode

Facebook acquires Sportstream - a sports social networking aggregator

Facebook begins video ads within

Amazon debuts the beta Kinesis, the company's new data streaming analytics platform

Youtube channel is released for Roku

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