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The first US patent for a whole-body X-ray scanner is issued to Robert S. Ledley. (US No. 3,922,552) The Automatic Computerized Transverse Axial (ACTA) diagnostic X-ray scanner can take a three-dimensional image of the body in a series of cross-section images using thin X-ray beams analyzed by computers. Read more about Ledley’s invention at the American Physical Society.
Sony founder Akio Morita announces that he will be stepping down as CEO of the company.
Playboy Enterprises files a lawsuit against Russ Hardenburgh, the SysOp of the Rusty n Edie’s BBS, and Edwina Hardenburgh in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. The lawsuit comes in response to the 412 images the BBS hosts which infringe on Playboy’s copyright. Later, Hardenburgh will be ordered to pay damages in the amount of US$310,000. Read more about the case.
Sega announces that The Sega Channel for Genesis will be discontinued. Nearly twenty million homes had access to the service, but only 150,000 of those users subscribed to the service.
Toshiba announces that it will be discontinuing the Infinia line and pulling out of the consumer desktop computer market.
The United States Department of Commerce signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), recognizing ICANN as the Newco entity referred to in amendment eleven of the United States government’s June 1998 Statement of Policy on the Management of Internet Domain Names and Addresses, commonly known simply as the White Paper. The White Paper calls upon the global Internet community to create a new, not-for-profit corporation formed by private sector Internet stakeholders to administer policy for the Internet name and address system. Visit ICANN’s official website.
Version 6.3 of the SUSE Linux operating system is released.
Roxio acquires all the assets of Napster Inc. and rebrands the service as Napster 2.0, using the same widely recognized logo on an entirely new service. Version 7.0 of the Intel C++ Compiler is released.
DVD Jon - Jon Lech Johansen, releases a proof of concept program that allows Linux users to play video encoded with Microsoft’s proprietary WMV9 codec using the VLC media player. The release comes as a significant blow to Microsoft, as the company has been aggressively lobbying the movie industry to use the company’s codec as the next DVD standard. Visit Jon Johansen’s blog.
A 60 minutes episode aires showing how bad wifi security might be, as it highlighted the TJX credit card issues and how they stole a record amount of data.
Opera released v.4.2 of their mobile broswer for Java
Spamhaus.org announced that Microsoft is the 5th worst Internet SPAM provider. CNCgroup-hn was #1. Ecommerece is 8th and Verizon is 9th.
Google launches a new version of search, with brighter colors.
Yahoo! announced Katie Couric has joined to become their global anchor
Google opens the Glass API to developers
Blackberry replaced COO, CMO and CFO as newly CEO John Chen tries to get the company back on track