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Day in Tech History: October 17th

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To keep radio in the us, Rca was founded


Albert Einstein, immigrates to the United States.


IBM announces the IBM 7702 magnetic tape transmission terminal and the IBM 1013 card transmission terminal which transmit and receive data over telephone lines at speeds of up to 300 characters per second.


Nick Holonyak Jr. publishes the first paper describing Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)


Personal Software releases VisiCalc for the Apple II. Price: US$99


Texas Instruments (TI) hosts an “afternoon with the management of TI” for the Southern California area TI-99/4 and TI-99/4a home computer users. Don Bynum, TI’s Personal Computer Division Manager, and Brian Gratz, TI’s Users’ Group Coordinator are the masters of ceremony. The event is held at 1pm in the Café Ricard room of the Airporter Inn in Irvine, California. Highlights of the event include demonstrations of TI’s EDITOR/ASSEMBLER package, text-to-speech technologies, and the LOGO programming package.


Intel releases the 80386 DX microprocessor with support for clock frequencies of up to 33 MHz and the ability to address up to 4GB of memory, and support for virtual memory of up to 64TB, which will prove vital to the important for marketing purposes). It also includes a bigger instruction set than the 80286. At the release, the fastest version runs at 20MHz and can achieve 6.0 MIPS (Microprocessor without Interlocked Pipline Stages). It contains 275,000 transistors.


The Internet Movie Database was created. It started as 4 lists on rec.arts.movies, where Col Needham created a series of Unix shell scripts to put together the first version - "rec.arts.movies movie database". The website officially was launched in 1992 as Cardiff Internet Movie Database, then became IMDB in 1996. The site was sold in 1998 to Jeff Bezos to become Amazon


IBM begins restructuring its line of personal computers from nine models to four. It also notifies the public of several new models and says it will bring back the brand name many have long connected to the company, the IBM PC. The plan to consolidate IBM personal computer production calls for four divisions: Aptiva for home users, IBM PC for commercial desktops, IBM PC Server for networks, and Thinkpad for portables.


Microsoft announces that it will cease development of Windows NT for systems using MIPS processors, due to decreasing demand.


Apple Computer releases the Mac OS 8.5, the first version of the Mac OS to run only on Macs equipped with a PowerPC processor.


AMD officially releases the 1.2 GHz Athlon processor. Price is US$612 .

AMD officially releases the 800 MHz Duron processor. Price: US$172


Yahoo!buys British company Whereonearth Ltd., which provides location technology.


ATI Technologies releases the X1950 Pro graphics card to replace the X1900GT in the competitive sub-$200 market segment. The X1950 Pro GPU is built from the ground up on the 80 nm RV570 core with only twelve texture units and thirty-six pixel shaders. The X1950 Pro is the first ATI card that supports native Crossfire implementation by a pair of internal Crossfire connectors, which eliminates the need for the unwieldy external dongle found in older Crossfire systems.

CoreLabs releases version 0.95 beta of the Core force freeware personal firewall software for Windows.

Grant T. Stanley, administrator of the EliteTorrents BitTorrent tracker site, is sentenced to five months of prison, five months of home arrest, and a US$3,000 fine at the conclusion of Operation D-Elite. Operation D-Elite was a joint operation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the US Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement against leading members of EliteTorrents precipitated by the tracker’s release of the Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith workprint approximately six hours prior to the movie’s theatrical release.


Steve Jobs officially announces that their App store will allow independent 3rd parties to create applications. The Software Development Kit (SDK) was expected to be ready by February, but ended up being launched on March 6#2008

Ticketmaster gets an injunction over RMG on their ticket sales website

Amazon loses a patent for 1-click. The patent was first pulled on Sept 26, but now the patent was officially rejected.


Mygazines.com shuts down after the site had to pull digital copies of popular magazines.


Luke Geissbuhler and his 7-year-old son Max sent a HD camera and iPhone (for GPS tracking) attached to a weather balloon into the atmosphere. It traveled for 70 minutes before the balloon burst, but not without getting some great footage.


Yahoo CTO Raymie Stat resigns


Windows 8.1 is released. A free upgrade to Windows 8 users and paid update to those on 7 or prior.

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