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July 2

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Day in Tech History: July 2nd

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Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan disappear over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first equatorial round-the-world flight. Read more about Amelia Earhart.


An object speculated to be a UFO crashes near Roswell, New Mexico, though the United States Air Force claims it is a weather balloon.


Larry Walters uses forty-five helium balloons and a lawnchair to lift himself to an altitude of sixteen thousand feet.


Warner Communications sells the Consumer Electronics and Home Computer divisions of Atari Inc. to Tramel Technologies Limited and the company is renamed the Atari Corporation. The assets of Atari were acquired from Warner Communications by promising US$240 million in long-term notes and a 32% interest in the acquired divisions. Warner communications retains the arcade game and telecommunications (AtariTel) divisions of Atari. The deal with the Tramiels was initiated by Warner with a phone call to Garry Tramiel who was working as a broker at Merill-Lynch in Sunnyvale. J.J. Morgan, president of Atari, issues a memo to employees announcing the acquisition of assets by Tramel Technology, Ltd. Prior to the acquisition, Warner had offered a comprehensive severance package to employees who volunteered to leave Atari. By late Monday morning, several Atari employees such as Jerry Jessop pleaded to be allowed to take advantage of that severance offer, but, the offer was discontinued when the Tramiels took Atari over. Read more about the history of Atari.

David Navarro joins Atari as vice president of sales for the United States. He had been employed by Commodore in their West Chester, Pennsylvania offices as director of sales.


Atari withdraws its appeal of the verdict in the antitrust case against Nintendo. Nintendo, in turn, agrees not to seek legal costs from Atari.


Earthlink, Inc. raises the monthly fee of its basic Internet access service from US$19.95 to US$21.95.

Intel introduces two new chips becoming the fastest ever produced in their history. The chips target business installations and personal computer (PC) users that are highly dependent on intensive digital video and audio applications. The Pentium 4 1.8 Gigahertz (GHz) features dual RDRAM memory banks, 400 MHz system bus, and 0.18-micron process technology. Price: US$562 in quantities of 1,000 Pentium 4 1.6 GHz is also released. Price: US$294 in quantities of 1,000

The Napster peer-to-peer MP3 file-sharing system, which is used mainly to copy and swap unencrypted files of songs for free, voluntarily suspends file-sharing and shuts down to fix technical problems related to its latest filter upgrade. The filter is an audio fingerprinting technology which makes an effort to prevent copyright violations. At the time of the shut down, Napster’s usage had declined from an average of 220 songs shared per user in February 2001 to an average of 1.5 songs per user.


Yahoo.com is redesigned and it announces that other services, such as Yahoo!Mail will undergo the same redesign process. Along with this new design, new features will be implemented, including new navigation tools, such as DHTML drop-down menus, different category tabs, and a new user-customizable color scheme.


Michael Dell acquired nearly $100 million in shares in Dell computers. Stock instantly rose 4.5 percent because of it.

Guinness book of World Records officially gives Mozilla the prize for the most downloads in 24 hours. 8 million copies were downloaded on launch day despite the small glitch that kept the site down for a couple hours.


US Courts uphold a ruling that states that websites like MySpace cannot be held liable if a minor is assaulted offline by someone they met online. This comes after numerous complaints from families due to a 14 year old who was assaulted in 2008.

Lori Drew’s Guilty verdict was overturned. Lori was the mother who used a false MySpace profile to harass a teenager to suicide. A judge ruled that prosecutors could not use the Computer Fraud and Abuse act against Lori.

Advocates for the Blind sue Arizona State University for promoting the Kindle to purchase textbooks. Microsoft pulls an ad where a woman vomits after looking at her husband’s laptop because he didn’t have IE 8 installed.

FinallyFast sues Google for Keyword squatting. It is one of many Google begins facing


Lindsay Lohan sued Take-Two for using her likeness in Grand Theft Auto 5. The character "Lacey Jonas" is too similar to her.

Amazon sued Zoltan Szabadi because he left Amazon to work at Google. Amazon has a non-compete, trade secret restriction clause in their employment contract.

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