July 15

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Day in Tech History: July 15th

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A message is encoded by an Enigma machine for the first time. An Enigma machine is a cipher machine intended to encrypt and later decrypt communications. It will later be used by German forces during World War II, but by December 1941, British codebreakers will have famously cracked the code to begin routinely intercepting intelligence.


The first commercial jet transport plane built in the United States, a prototype of the Boeing 707, makes its maiden flight.


In a precursor to NES, Nintendo releases the Family Computer, dubbed “Famicom” video game console. Price: ¥14,800


Verbatim introduces a prototype of an optical disk drive capable of reading, writing, and erasing data.


Microsoft enters into a settlement with both the European Commission and United States Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding allegations of monopolistic practices. Under the terms of the agreements, the company agrees to moderate its practices in regard to how it licenses its operating systems to vendors. Specifically, it can no long tie the inclusion or exclusion of other products, such as Internet Explorer, to the sales of Windows, but it remains free to continue to integrate new features into the operating system itself. In exchange, the Department of Justice begins to seek court approval for the consent decree. Read more about the case at the Department of Justice website.


The website of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service is hacked anonymously.


Microsoft introduces the C# programming language. C# is an object-oriented programming language based on the C++ programming language, which the notable additions of COM, Windows API, and XML support.


Apple Computer releases version 6 of the QuickTime media player, featuring MPEG-4 support.

AMD releases the 1.5 GHz Athlon XP-M 1800+ with a 256KB L2 cache and front side bus


AOL Time Warner disbands Netscape Communications Corporation and establishes the Mozilla Foundation.


Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Evan Williams and Biz Stone launch the social network twitter. The group started putting Twitter together in March, 2006.


Microsoft ends support for Office 2000

The Department of the State makes a plea to Hillary Clinton to let them use Firefox over IE. However, support costs may be a good reason why this won’t happen.

Firefox announces a Zero-Day Flaw of v. 3.5, opening up to drive by attacks.

Facebook hits a quarter billion users

Apple releases iTunes 8.2.1, which blocks the option for Palm Pre to connect to iTunes.

Cheap Trick’s newest album “The Latest” was issued on digital download for $8.99, CD for $12.99, Record for $20 and… 8-track for $30.


NBC purchases Microsoft's side of MSNBC.com to officially split the venture. The site officially changed their logo to read NBCNews.com

South Korean musician PSY releases "Gangnam Style" - a popular song that becomes the first to hit 1 billion views on YouTube.


23 year old Ma Ailun of China was electrocuted when she answered a call on her iPhone 5 while it was charging. Apple said they would investigate the death.

Tom Ritter and Doug DePerry demonstrated how they could still hack into Verizon's Femtocells to evesdrop on texts, photos and phone calls.

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