Podcast Episode - Day in Technology History
Coleco Industries obtains exclusive use of a Midway Manufacturing trademark on self-contained and portable electronic versions of Midway’s coin-operated arcade games.
Microsoft selects the Republic of Ireland as the site of its first production facility outside of the United States to produce software products to be sold in the European market.
Integral Peripherals introduces the first 1.8 inch hard disk drive, with capacities of 20MB and 40MB. The drive is about the size of a deck of cards.
Lotus Development ships the Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet software for Windows. The name “1-2-3″ stems from the product’s integration of three main capabilities. It integrates spreadsheets, charting and graphing functions, and rudimentary database operations. Price: US$595
eBay, the online auction site, is founded in San Jose, California by computer programmer Pierre Omidyar as AuctionWeb. The very first item sold on eBay was a broken laser pointer for $14.83. Astonished, Omidyar contacted the winning bidder and asked if he understood that the laser pointer was broken. In his responding email, the buyer explained: “I’m a collector of broken laser pointers.” Visit eBay’s official website.
Iomega announces the Ditto tape backup drive, featuring a 2GB storage capacity and backward-compatibility with other tape formats. Cartridges are priced at US$19.99. Price: US$199.95 (external) US$149.95 (internal)
Nintendo releases the Game Boy Pocket handheld game system in the US.
Version 4.10 of Corel’s Paint Shop Pro bitmap and vector graphics editor for Windows. It is the second 32-bit release of the application.
Yahoo! launches Yahoo! Korea.
GTR Group, Inc., operators of a Canadian-based chain of used video game resellers called Game Traders, announces that they have acquired Mad Catz, Inc. of San Diego for US$30 million. Mad Catz is a manufacturer of video game accessories and peripherals.
Microware Systems files a lawsuit in US District Court against Apple Computer, claiming trademark violation by Apple of Microware’s “OS-9″ operating system. Microware seeks Apple’s earnings from the sale of Mac OS 9, and an order restraining Apple from using the name in advertising.
Hewlett-Packard announces that it will acquire Compaq in a US$25 billion deal. Analysts anticipates that the merger of the two computer giants will create a stronger competitor for IBM and Sun Microsystems in the server market, while putting pressure on Dell, Gateway, and IBM in the personal computer market. Hewlett-Packard and Compaq claim that the merged company will be in a position to compete with IBM across virtually its entire product line. Under this new deal, approved by the boards of both companies, each Compaq stockholder will receive 0.6325 shares of HP stock in addition to their current shares in Compaq stock. The merger is expected to be final in the first half of 2002, at which time sixty-four percent of all stockholders in the new company will consist of the original HP stockholders.
The Hubble Space Telescope begins photographing the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF), a small region of space in the constellation Fornax, which will be composited from data accumulated between September 3, 2003 and January 16, 2004. The final composite is the deepest image of the universe ever taken in visible light, looking back in time more than thirteen billion years. The HUDF contains an estimated ten thousand galaxies. The patch of sky in which the galaxies reside is just one-tenth the diameter of the full moon when viewed from Earth. It was chosen because it had a low density of bright stars in the near-field. The composite required eight hundred exposures taken over the course of four hundred orbits of the telescope around the Earth. The total amount of exposure time is 11.3 days
Intel releases the 1066 MHz and 1833 MHZCore Duo ULV U2400 32-bit dual-core mobile microprocessor, featuring a 2048KB Level-2 cache and a 533MHz front side bus. Price: US$262 and $316
After the release of the Chrome browser, several sources begin to note the terms of services a little questionable. Chrome basically says that it can update the software at any time without your knowledge, and use any information from your browser session if it likes. It was suggested to think of it like a “Trojan Horse” for Google.
U.S. District Judge Susan Illston said that Oracle CEO Larry Ellison deliberately destroyed e-mails and failed to preserve audio recordings sought as evidence in a class-action lawsuit filed against the software maker. The company was under question about their 2001 financial situation and Suite 11i business manager success.
China's Head of Google operations Kai-Fu announces he is leaving to start his own venture.
Texas Attorney General opens up antitrust proceedings against Google. This comes after several complaints on how Google is penalizing them in search results.
Facebook adds "liked" news stories to search results