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Day in Tech History: July 27th

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Cyrus West Field finally succeeds, after three failures, to lay the first underwater telegraph cable. The Atlantic Cable spans the 1,686 miles across the Atlantic Ocean between Valentia, Ireland and Heart’s Content, Newfoundland.


Bugs Bunny debuts in 'A Wild Hare'Warner Brothers releases the Merrie Melodies animated short film Wild Hare, directed by Tex Avery, is released by Warner Bros It also introduces his catchphrase, “What’s up, doc?”


On July 21 1981, Bill Gates purchased 86-DOS. The company officially renamed it MS-DOS on this day.


Radio Shack announces the Tandy 1000 SL computer, featuring a proprietary keyboard port, two joystick ports, a digital monitor connector, a 5.25 disk drive, an additional bay for the installation of a second disk drive, 128k of memory, MS-DOS 2.11, and DeskMate 1.0.


Lotus Development ships Lotus 1-2-3 Release 2.2 for MS-DOS.


The Windows NT 3.1 operating system, the first release of the Windows NT series, is released. Its name is chosen to match the current version of the 16-bit version of Microsoft Windows. NT contains a new “kernel” at its core of the operating system, unlike Windows 3.x. It is not based on MS-DOS. It is designed to be platform independent. The “Win32″ API was developed for Windows NT, providing a native 32 bit API that programmers use to the 16-bit version of Microsoft Windows would be at home with. Read more a history of Windows products.


In an article in the Los Angeles Times, former San Jose Police Chief Joseph McNamara argues that computers could have saved fashion designer Gianni Versace, murdered earlier that summer by Andrew Cunanan. “If the Miami Beach Police Department had computer technology as sophisticated as that used in one of the town’s trendy restaurants,” McNamara wrote, “fashion designer Gianni Versace would probably still be alive


Electronic Data Services (EDS) routes a letter to its employees offering early retirement for up to eight thousand employees, which are about eleven percent of its work force. The effort is part of a plan to cut US$1 billion from its US$17 billion annual operating costs.

Guillemot Corporation and Thrustmaster, Inc. announce that Guillemot will acquire Thrustmaster for US$15 million in a cash deal, including patents, trademarks, product designs, technologies. Thrustmaster designs and develops joysticks and game controllers.

Intel introduces two new processors, including a faster Pentium III at a price that is lower than its most recent upgrade. Intel said that its new Pentium III, with a speed of 600 megahertz, is priced at US$669, in quantities of 1,000. Intel’s last upgrade of the Pentium III chip, to 550 megahertz, was priced at US$744.


Microsoft commits to a US$500 million marketing budget to launch its new Xbox video game system within the first eighteen months of its debut. Microsoft also states that about thirty games are under development and that development kits will be sent to about two hundred third-party developers. Nokia shares lose twenty percent of their value in a single day.

O.J. Simpson establishes a new website at http://www.askoj.com and hosts an online question-and-answer session for paid participants. Stating that he doesn’t trust television, Simpson explains that the non-profit fund raising event will help answer questions that surround the deaths of his former wife and Ron Goldman.

Eric J. Bowden publishes an article on MSNBC, revealing a serious memory allocation loss issue in the Microsoft Windows ME operating system. Bowden dubs the phenomenon “Millennium Alzheimers.”


Microsoft releases Service Pack 1 (SP-1) for Office 2003, containing bug fixes and stability improvements. Nokia releases the N-Gage QD handheld video game system in the US. It features bottom-mounted slot for MMC game cards, a 176×208 resolution color screen, an eight-direction game pad, Bluetooth connectivity, a 104MHz ARM processor, and the Symbian 6.0 operating system. Price: US$199 Weight: 5oz


Microsoft releases version 7.0 Beta 1 of Internet Explorer. This version included support for PNG graphic alpha channels, CSS bug fixes, and tabbed browsing. It ships with Windows Vista Beta 1.


Intel introduces the Core 2 Duo 64-bit processors. Intel expects that approximately ninety percent of its laptops will be converted to Intel Core 2 processors by the second quarter of 2007.

Intel releases the Core 2 Duo E6700 processor, featuring dual processing cores, 4MB shared L2 cache, a 2.66 GHz clock speed, a 1066 MHz front side bus, and a 65nm process. Price: US$530 Code name: Conroe

Intel releases the Core 2 Extreme X6800 processor, featuring dual processing cores, 4MB shared L2 cache, a 2.93 GHz clock speed, a 1066 MHz 128-bit front side bus, a 65 nm process, 291 million transistors, and a maximum addressable memory 8GB. Price: US$999

Intel releases the Core 2 Duo processor, models E6300, E6400, and E6600. All have 1066 MHz front-side bus and 65 nm traces. Models E6300 and E6400 have 2 MB cache, the E6600 has 4 MB cache. The processors’ clock speeds are 1.86 GHz, 2.13 GHz, and 2.4 GHz, respectively. Price: US$183, US$224, and US$316, respectively.


The web search engine Cuil Launches by ex-Google engineers.

Europe OKs the HP – EDS 13.9 billion merger.


Reports come out saying AT&T has blocked 4chan due to the malicious nature of the Chinese search engine. In rebuttle, pranksters lure CNN’s iReport to announce that AT&T’s CEO has died.

Verizon partners with Boingo to offer free Wi-Fi to their on the go customers

Oracle sues Qtrax, a online music service, for $1.8 million after their payment to use Oracles database systems bounced

A breech found at Network Solutions exposes nearly 600,000 credit cards were sent outside the company.


The United Kingdom announced they arrested LulzSec and Anonymous spokesperson - a 19 year old only known by the name "Daniel"

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