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Day in Tech History: July 17th

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The NEC Corporation (the Nippon Electric Company, Limited) is reorganized as a joint-stock company, becoming the first Japanese joint venture with foreign capital, which was provided by Western Electric.


Arco, Idaho becomes the first town in the world to be run entirely on nuclear power during a one hour test performed by the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC).


Ralph Baer demonstrates the television video game system he invented to electronics manufacturer Magnavox. Magnavox’s Bill Enders negotiates an exclusive license to manufacture the system and sub-license Sanders Associates’ related patents.


Apollo 18 and Soyuz 19 successfully dock, and crew member of the two shuttles shake hands in space, marking the first orbital docking of the spacecraft of two nations. Read NASA’s history of the Apollo-Soyuz project.


Soyuz T-12 carries three cosmonauts to the Salyut 7 space station.


Phillips makes some major changes to reduce it’s debt and cut costs. One notable change was that Gaston Bastiaens, President of interactive media systems - including interactive compact disc - would be joining Apple Computer as Apple's new Personal Interactive Division, which included the Newton PDA. DEC CEO Kenneth Olsen retired. He was most noted for saying “There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.” In 1977 at the World Future Society.


252 websites are hacked by the members of the “txe” hacking group, “toxic, edge & syx”. View an archived version of page left in place of the hacked websites.


The Brazilian website of New Center Informatica S/C Ltda is hacked by “Anti-Zoncked”. The website is hosted on a server running Windows NT.


At the Macworld Expo, Apple Computer introduces a new iMac computer featuring a seventeen-inch flat panel display, a 800MHz PowerPC G4 processor, a 80GB hard drive, 256MB SDRAM, Nvidia GeForce4 MX graphics, a SuperDrive, speakers, 56Kbps modem, and 10/100 Base-T Ethernet. Price: US$1,999

Apple Computer introduces a 20GB iPod and PC compatible versions of the iPod, which will use MusicMatch rather than iTunes but still require FireWire ports. The company also announces new, reduced prices for the iPods. The price of the 5GB model will be reduced to US$299, the price of the 10GB model will be reduced to US$399, and the price of the 20GB model will be reduced to US$499. The company also announced the the 10GB and 20GB models will now feature touch-sensitive Scroll Wheels rather than the actual moving wheel they previous featured.


Two days before Apple’s official release, the first photograph of the forthcoming fourth-generation iPod is posted on the Internet. The photo is leaked by Newsweek magazine.


Apple’s iTunes Music Store sold its five hundred millionth song to Amy Greer of Lafayette, Indiana. The song is “Mississippi Girl” by Faith Hill. 


Ford launches the EcoBoost Engine combining direct fuel injection and a turbo charger for a 10-20% efficiency.

Cisco lays off 600-700 employees in a restructuring effort

A Judge tosses a case where Broadcast.com owner Mark Cuban was cleared of any wrongdoing for dumping the stock from mamma.com before that knowledge became public. Cuban remarked he did not promise to keep that information secret.

Accenture purchases Symbian Professional Services from Nokia for an undisclosed sum.

After original footage was lost, Lowry Digital begins working on restoring the first moonwalk footage

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