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Digital Equipment, Intel, and Xerox jointly announce the Ethernet network specification.
Carol Saal, Harry Saal, and Len Shustek found Network General Corporation, which will go onto become a major computer networks management solutions in Menlo Park, California. After Network General merges with McAfee in 1997, the two companies will become Network Associates, Inc. Visit the official Network Associates website.
Version 1.0 of the Turbo C programming language is released. It offers the first integrated edit-compile-run development environment for the C programming language for IBM-compatible personal computers. The software is, like many other Borland products of the time, bought from another company and branded with the “Turbo” name. Originally, Turbo C was developed by Bob Jervis as “Wizard C”. It runs on just 384KB of memory. It is capable of inline assembly with full access to C symbolic names and structures, supports all memory models, and offers optimizations for speed, size, constant folding, and jump elimination.
The System 7 operating system for the Macintosh is released. It was the second major upgrade to the Mac OS features a significant user interface overhaul, new applications, and stability improvements. The most notable of all the features included in System 7 is the built-in co-operative multitasking. In System Software 6, this function was optional through the MultiFinder. System 7 also introduces aliases, similar to shortcuts that will be introduced in later versions of Microsoft Windows.
Cyrix files a lawsuit in the US District Court of the Eastern District of Texas against Intel, claiming that Intel Pentium, Pentium Pro, and Pentium II microprocessors infringe on Cyrix-owned patents related to power management and pipeline techniques.
The Digital Equipment Corporation files a lawsuit against Intel in the US District Court of Worcsester, Massachusetts, claiming that Intel’s Pentium Pro and Pentium II processors infringe on ten Digital Equipment patents related to the Alpha RISC processor.
IBM introduces the ThinkPad 380 notebook computer, featuring a 150MHz Pentium processor, 16MB RAM, a 1.08GB hard drive, a CD-ROM drive, and a built-in floppy drive. Price: US$2,199 to US$3,899
Newspapers and café owners in Tehran claim that Iranian police have closed down more than four hundred Internet Cafes. The Cafes reportedly threaten conservative controlled media access.
The eMule project is begun by Hendrik Breitkreuz (also known as “Merkur”) who is dissatisfied with the original eDonkey2000 client. Over time, more developers will join the effort. The source will first be released to the public at version 0.02 and published on SourceForge under a GNU General Public License on July 6, 2002.
AMD releases the Athlon XP 3200+ desktop processor, featuring a 400MHz system bus. Price: US$464
After public concern, Google decided to blur the faces on their Street View program. This adds to the license place blur and the blurring of certain items, like Yahoo headquarters.
HP announces they have acquired EDS for 13.9 Billion
Grand Theft Auto IV nets in $310 million in one day. Halo 3 had the crown up until then, with 170 millino in sales.
Opera Mini 4.1 browser is released
In the Microhoo case, Eric Jackson decided to step down the battle for Proxy fight, however, rumors of long time corporate raider Carl Icahn going after the proxy fight to sell to Microsoft begin to surface.
Google’s Android Challenge comes to a close and 50 people received $25 thousand dollars each for the best application contest.
Harry McCracken leaves PC-World
After Earthlink couldn’t come to a deal with the city of Phillidelphia, they decide to turn off and abandon their public Wi-Fi efforts.
Spam king Sanford Wallace looses to MySpace on a lawsuit. Wallace was subject to the new “Can-Spam Act” and the court fined him 234 millions dollars.
Intel is fined with over 1 billion Euros ($1.45 billion US) by the EU for violating antitrust legislation regarding their computer chips called x86 CPUs.
Seagate lays off 1,100 employees on a restructure effort to save 120 million. 2.5 percent
Clearwire announces Cisco will provide IP routers, other gear to build WiMax / 4G networks and consumer devices (routers)
Verizon sells their landline operations (4.5 million) to Frontier Communications. Frontier also makes plans to merge with a new company to be spun off as common stock for Verizon customers, which would be a total value of $8.6 billion.
Craigslist removes their “erotic services” section from the popular classified site. They then created a new section called “Adult services”, which would have a review process before posting.
Google was told it must “Reshoot” Japan. The Street View cameras picked up too many “Private moments”.
Scott Thompson resigns as CEO from Yahoo! after pressure from a misrepresentation on his resume.
Google closes SMS search function for non-smartphone owners. They could text a question to 466453 and get replies.
Amazon Coins launched - Amazon's new currency. Kindle Fire owners instantly got 500 free coins - a $5 value
Amazon acquired Liquavista, a display maker that was owned by Samsung
Google merged free drive with GMail storage - upping each user with 15 GB of free space
Fedrico Zannier launched a Kickstarter to give away his right to use personal data. For $2 you would get an entire day of his data. Zannier's goal of $500 was surpassed and he recieved $2,733.