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Day in Tech History: Nov 2nd

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The DuPont Company, of Wilmington, Delaware, announces the first practical synthetic rubber, DuPrene, which will later be renamed Neoprene. The new rubber is expensive to produce, but it resists oil and gasoline, which natural rubber doesn’t.


The Data Processing Division (DPD) of IBM introduces the IBM 7010 data processing system, which combines the power of IBM’s large-scale 7000-series with the data handling capabilities of the company’s widely used IBM 1400 series.


Dude, you’re Getting a “Dell Dude”. Ben Curtis, actor most noted for being Stephen from Dell commercials, is born.


Robert T. Morris, Jr., a graduate student at Cornell University and son of a chief scientist at a division of the National Security Agency (NSA), launches a self-replicating worm on the government’s ARPANET to test its effect on UNIX systems. The worm gets out of hand and spreads to some six thousand networked computers, clogging government and university systems. Specifically, it effects DEC VAX and Sun machines running BSD UNIX connected to the Internet. It becomes the first worm to spread extensively in the wild, as well as one of the first programs to exploit a buffer overrun vulnerability. Morris will later be dismissed from Cornell, sentenced to three years probation and fined US$10,000.


The second court hearing on the Microsoft consent decree is held.


SyQuest Technology Inc., a manufacturer of removable storage devices, suspends operations to consider filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Version 5.2 of the Red Hat Linux operating system, Apollo, is released.

Yahoo! launches Yahoo! Employment.


EBay is forced to take down their auction website for about an hour for the third day in a row due to malfunctioning computers.

Lucent Technologies, Inc. announces plans to cut 1,500 jobs from its United States operations of about 153,000 employees.

A United States Federal Appeals court stops prosecutors in New Mexico from enforcing a law that describes transmissions of sexually explicit materials to juveniles as illegal. The court rules that the law was too broad.


Microsoft>Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Justice reach a settlement in their anti-trust case, in which Microsoft will be obliged to license Windows uniformly, providing rivals with information about middleware products and refraining from making exclusive contracts that prohibit its partners from using competing software. The settlement is subject to acceptance by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly. If approved, a consent decree would be in effect for five years, with a technology-oversight team at Microsoft ensuring compliance. Read more at the BBC.


Version 0.1 of Desktop Light Linux (DeLi Linux) is released. DeLi is particularly optimized to run on older personal computers. DeLi Linux requires only a 386 processor with 8MB RAM. However, it works best with a 486 and 16MB RAM. A full installation with the full package installed requires nearly 400MB of hard disk space.


The documentary film Hacking Democracy, directed by Simon Ardizzone and Russell Michaels and starring Bev Harris, Kathleen Wynne, Andy Stephenson, Harri Hursti, Herbert Hugh Thompson, and Ion Sancho, premieres on HBO. The film explores the hackability of Diebold Election Systems. To demonstrate the system’s vulnerabilities, the filmmakers alter the Microsoft Access database file used to store votes, use a Visual Basic program to alter the system’s alternate vote recording system, and alter the actual code used in the Diebold Accu-Vote memory cards.

Google begins offering a mobile version of Gmail for mobile phones capable of running Java applications.

Oracle announces that it has agreed to acquire Stellent, Inc., a global provider of enterprise content management (ECM) software solutions, for approximately US$440 million.

YouTube was sued by the Universal Tube & Rollform Equipement corp – an Ohio based manufacturer. The reason why is because their website was The company was suing for YouTube to change their name and cover bandwidth costs for their company.


Lenovo removes the IBM logo off all laptops and desktops. Lenovo bought the division from IBM two years prior


Yahoo releases the Open-Source application called Traffic Server. It speeds up a website.

Cisco, EMC and VMWare announce a venture to sell virtualized data center products and services.


ebay revamps home page, adds a section where people can give gifts.

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