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July 23

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Day in Tech History: July 23rd

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Gottlieb Daimler invents the car. The four wheel vehicle, fashioned from a four seat, horse-drawn carriage, features a steering column and large engine mounted below the back seat. The one-cylinder, 1.1HP engine has a four speed gearbox that turns the back wheels by means of a belt-driven mechanism capable of a maximum speed of 16 km/h.


Ford Motor Company sells its first car, Model A, to Dr. Ernst Pfenning of Chicago in Detroit. The Model A features a twin-cylinder internal combustion engine designed and manufactured by the little-known Michigan machinist, Henry Ford.


The first live trans-Atlantic television broadcast is hosted by Walter Cronkite and made via AT&T’s Telstar 1 satellite, launched thirteen days ago on July 10. The transmission links London and Paris to the US. The link is established at 10:58 BST.


Commodore International unveils the new Amiga 1000, featuring a multitasking, windowing operating system, color graphics with a 4096-color palette, stereo sound, a Motorola 68000 CPU, 256kB RAM, and a 880kB 3.5-inch disk drive. Price: US$1295

Cathy Morris begins her trial in Santa Clara Court for allegedly stealing US$15,970 from her former boss. Anton “Tony” Bruehl claims that Morris forged checks during a time she worked for him and he was president of Atari Corp.’s international division. Morris claims that the charges came about when Bruehl’s wife uncovered an affair between them. By the following Monday, Judge R. Donald Chapman dismissed the charges due to “insufficiency of evidence” as argued by the Deputy District Attorney.


The trial of Craig Neidorf, also known by the handle “Knight Lightning,” begins in Chicago’s District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Neidorf is charged with the theft of a “computerized text file” also known as a “E911 Document.” However, the trial will quickly fall apart for the prosecution when it is proven that the documents Knight Lightning allegedly stole are not worth the amount of money quoted in the indictment and that his actions do not technically fit any of the charges brought against him. According to the indictment, the document was worth US$79,449, and a BellSouth security official will later testify at trial that it was worth US$24,639. However, the government will drop all charge when it is discovered that the public could call a toll-free number and purchase the same E911 document for less than US$20. He will be left with US$100,000 in legal bills.


Digital Equipment Company files antitrust charges against chipmaker Intel.


IBM goes Open Source – As it commits 1 billion to Linux Development


An All Nippon Airways Jumbo Jet carrying 503 passengers and 14 crew members is hijacked by a computer game fanatic who stabs the pilot to death and takes over the plane before being overpowered by the co-pilot and crew. The hijacker, a twenty-eight year old Tokyo resident and flight simulator fan named Yuji Nishizawa, allegedly wanted to try his hand at the real thing. The pilot was pronounced dead by a doctor who was a passenger on board the plane just shortly after the plane landed.

Version 1.00 of XenoTerra BBS for Windows is released.

Version 1.150 of the NetRexx programming language is released.


John Young posted CIA documents on his website dedicated to fight government secrecy. The documents reveal a 1998 briefing for visiting Japanese security officials regarding the structure of United States (US) intelligence.


Dmitry Sklyarov, a PhD student researching cryptanalysis and an employee of the Russian software company ElcomSoft, is arrested by the FBI at the DEF CON convention in Las Vegas for creating “The Advanced eBook Processor” (AEBR) program to copy Adobe electronic books. Sklyarov was arrested after giving a presentation called “eBook’s Security — Theory and Practice” and charged with distributing a product designed to circumvent copyright protection measures, under the terms of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.


Palm launches the Tungsten T2, featuring a Texas Instruments OMAP 1510 processor, 32MB RAM, a Secure Digital / MMC slot, an audio/video player, a 320×320 transreflective display, the Palm OS 5.2.1, and Bluetooth wireless connectivity. Price: US$399 Weigh: 5.6 ounces


Roy Bostock, Ron Burkle, and Arthur Kern were under the microscope as the Institutional investor advisory service Glass-Lewis suggests that the three should not be asked back to Yahoo’s board.

Google launches “Knol” – a site to rival Wikipedia while giving authors a little extra cash.

Facebook Connect is released – it is an open source portal to log on to websites using Facebook’s API.

After Senior Executive Kevin Johnson leaves Microsoft, Steve Ballmer sends a memo to employees stating that they will be reorganizing the Platforms and Services Division. It will be split into two businesses: Windows/Windows Live, which will report to Ballmer and Online Services to report to a new exec TBA later. 


Apple releases Final Cut Pro 7 and Motion 4

Intel files an appeal for the EU $1.5 billion fine handed down on them. The commission found Intel made payments to Media Saturn Holding, designed to ensure that Media Markt would only stock computers with Intel x86 chips

Facebook hits 1 billion video views

Palm releases WebOS 1.1, which brings back iTunes…

Oracle purchases GoldenGate, a provider of real-time integration software for an undisclosed sum

Jeff Bezos apologizes for Amazon’s Kindle book deletions. 1984 was the main book removed from the store.

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