June 27

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Day in Tech History: June 27th

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John Logie Baird runs an advertisement in The Times personal column. “Seeing by Wireless—inventor of apparatus wishes to hear from someone who will assist (not financially) in making working model.” His experiments are being conducted at 21 Linton Crescent, Hastings, Sussex.


The world’s first cash dispensing Automated Teller Machine (ATM), manufactured by De La Rue Instruments, is installed at a Barclays Bank branch in Enfield, London. The machine is called the De La Rue Automatic Cash System, or DACS. It dispense money in exchange for paper vouchers bought from bank tellers in advance.


Atari is established by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney to manufacture arcade games.


The Gillette Eraser Mate, is invented.


Apple sells its one millionth Apple II computer.


Atari announces that they have closed the sale of their assembly plant in Taiwan for US$60 million. Some proceeds will go to the reduction of US$27 million in bank debts. Manufacturing and assembly is now subcontracted throughout Hong Kong and Taiwan.


Internet software producer Spyglass, Inc. goes public, the year after it began distributing Spyglass Mosaic, an early browser for navigating the Web. The company, founded in 1990 by students, is an offshoot of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was created to commercialize and support technologies from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).


VA Linux Systems, headquartered in Fremont, California, stops selling Linux computers and lays off thirty-five percent (153) of its work force of 436. The company built and sold personal computer systems pre-installed with the GNU/Linux operating system as an alternative to the much more expensive Unix workstations available. When they opened, they were one of the first computer vendors to offer Linux as a pre-installed operating system. They grew into the largest vendor of pre-installed Linux computers, having approximately twenty percent of the Linux hardware market. Following the discontinuation of it’s computer sales, VA Linux Systems will become SourceForge and go on to operate such sites as SourceForge.net, Slashdot, NewsForge, Linux.com, IT Managers Journal, and Freshmeat.


AMD files a broad antitrust complaint against the Intel Corporation in the US Federal District Court in Delaware, alleging that Intel has abused monopolistic powers and committed antitrust violations through the systematic use of secret rebates, special discounts, threats, and other means intended to lock AMD processors out of the global market. AMD will issue subpoenas to major computer manufacturers including Dell, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Sony, and Toshiba.

AMD releases the Athlon 64 FX-57 processor with a running speed of 2800MHz and a 1024KiB Level 2 Cache.

In the case of in MGM Studios, Inc. v. Grokster, Ltd., the US Supreme Court unanimously rules that the companies which develop the peer-to-peer file sharing programs Grokster and Morpheus may be held accountable when their users pirate music. Read more at the BBC.


Apple releases Mac OS X Server Update 10.4.7 and version 2.0.4 of the Safari web browser. version 2.3 of iSync,

Circuit City Stores, Inc. announces that Philip J. Schoonover will succeed W. Alan McCollough as Chairman of the Board.

MySpace amends its user agreement with, “MySpace.com does not claim any ownership rights in the text, files, images, photos, video, sounds, musical works, works of authorship, or any other materials (collectively, ‘Content’) that you post to the MySpace Services. After posting your Content to the MySpace Services, you continue to retain all ownership rights in such Content, and you continue to have the right to use your Content in any way you choose.”

Version 4 of Google Desktop, search software for Mac OS X, Windows Vista, Windows XP and Windows 2000 SP3+ personal computers, graduates from beta. The program allows full text search of a user’s e-mail, computer files, music, photos, chat, and Internet history, along with many other useful “Google Gadgets.” Go to the software’s official website.

Version 4.5 of AOLserver, America Online’s multithreaded, Tcl-enabled open source http web server for large scale, dynamic websites, is released under the AOLserver Public License, which is similar to the Mozilla Public License.


Netflix and Blockbuster settled out of court on a matter of an online rental services patent.

Intel relases new “Intel Connects” cables boosting system speed to 20 Gbps over 100 meters Researcher develop a millimeter sized sensor that can recreate the human touch. This would aid people that use machines to move around such as doctors and astronauts.


Bill Gates officially steps down from Microsoft. Although he gives control to Steve Ballmer, he does not completely leave the company.

Virgin Mobile purchases Helio for $39 Million


The DOJ extends the time to investigate the merger of Oracle and Sun.


The US government auctioned off 29,656 Bitcoin it seized after the takedown of Silk Road - an online black market. VC Tim Draper wins the auction for an undisclosed sum. The Bitcoin was valued at $19 million.

YouTube adds support for videos at 60 frames per second, also expands their creators studio library with a host of sound effects

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