September 8

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Podcast Episode - Day in Technology History

Day in Tech History: September 8th


3M of St. Paul, Minnesota begins marketing Scotch transparent tape, which was developed by Richard G. Drew.


A two-way radio is put into service on a U.S. bus for the first time in Washington, DC.


In Huntsville, Alabama, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower formally dedicates the Marshall Space Flight Center, which NASA had activated on July 1.


TV show Star Trek made its Network TV premier


Toronto, Canada, Mers Kutt of Micro Computer Machines officially introduces the MCM/70 personal computer featuring an Intel 8008 processor, a plasma screen, one or two cassette drives, a keyboard, 2 - 8KB RAM, and 14KB ROM. It is one of the first microcomputers in the world, one of the earliest systems to be shipped pre-assembled, the first portable computer, and, arguably, the first truely practical microcomputer. Nevertheless, the machine will remain relegated to obscurity. Price: CDN$4500 Weight: 20 pounds


Richard D. Kenadek , the Sysop of the Davy Jones Locker BBS, pleads not guilty to to charges that he pirated some fifty pieces of computer software in US District Court.


In a complex series of deals, AOL also announces that it intends to sell ANS Communications to WorldCom in exchange for control of the Interactive Services Division of Compuserve, the oldest US Online Services firm, and US$175 million in cash. As part of the deal, Bertlesmann AG will jointly operate Compuserve Europe. WorldCom, Inc. retains the Compuserve Network Services (CNS) global division. AOL, meanwhile, signs a five-year service contract with Worldcom, Inc. The deal will provide AOL with a much-needed capital infusion for the development of new online content and the expansion of its nine million subscriber user base.

IBM halts plans to ship a NetPC diskless computer in order to focus on its NC-based network station as a low-cost terminal using the network computing concept. According to executive Artit Wimoolchart, the NetPC would overlap with the company’s network computer, which it calls a “network station,” and its traditional personal computer, so the company has decided to scrap its NetPC production.

Intel introduces the Mobile Pentium MMX processor, at speeds of 200 and 233MHz. The chip is manufactured using a 0.25 micron process, contains 4.5 million transistors, features a 64-bit bus, and is packaged in a 320-pin capsule. The processor is intended for use in mobile computers and mini-notebooks. Code-name: Tillamook


Franklin introduces the Rex Pro (also known as the “REX 5″ or “Rex 5000″) handheld computer, featuring 512KB RAM, an LCD screen, six navigation buttons, a docking station, and the ability to plug into a PC Card slot to transfer data. The device weighs only 1.4 ounces and fits in a wallet. Price: US$229.95


Electronic Arts (EA), the world’s largest interactive entertainment software company, announces the acquisition of PlayNation, a Carlsbad, California developer of online entertainment, which will now be a wholly owned subsidiary of Electronic Arts. The financial terms of the agreement are not publicly disclosed.


The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) sues 261 individuals for allegedly distributing copyright music files over peer-to-peer networks. Among the defendants is Brianna LaHara, a twelve year old US schoolgirl.


VeriSign Naming and Directory Service (VNDS) begins updating all thirteen .com/.net authoritative name servers in near real-time, rather than twice each day as was previously the case.


Corel releases version 10.0 of Paint Shop Pro, a bitmap and vector graphics editor for Windows, rebranded as “Corel Paint Shop Pro X.”

Kurt M. Brink, 25, of Portland, Maine, pleads guilty to conspiring to commit criminal copyright infringement in US District Court in the first case of its kind prosecuted in Maine. According to documents filed with the court, Brink was a participant in the “warez scene,” an underground online community comprised of individuals and organized groups who use the Internet to engage in the large-scale, illegal distribution of copyrighted software. The felony is punishable by up to five years in prison, but because Brink has no criminal background, the guidelines recommend a term of thirty to thirty-seven months. He also faces a fine of up to US$250,000 and three years of probation. On December 12, Brink will be sentenced to three years of probation, three hundred hours of community service, and US$6,000 in fines. Brink was arrested as part of Operation Safehaven, a fifteen-month investigation conducted by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (”ICE”) in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut and the Department of Justice against those affiliated with the warez scene.

News Corporation, announces that it has purchased a controlling stake of IGN Entertainment for US$650 million, making it a division of Fox Interactive Media (FIM). Among IGN’s assets are GameSpy and MySpace. Visit the News Corporation’s official website.

The Seoul Central District Court rules that GNU General Public License (GPL) has no legal relevance concerning a case dealing with a trade secret derived from a GPL-licensed work. Defendants argue that since it is impossible to maintain trade secret while being compliant with GPL and distributing the work, they aren’t in breach of trade secret. This argument is considered without ground.

Version 0.95a of the GNU Zebra routing software package is released as a GNU General Public License. Zebra uses an advanced software architecture to provide a high quality, multi-server routing engine.


Real Networks launches RealDVD, a DVD recording software for backing up media on hard drive. This has been under scrutiny and finally an injunction was put on the software in July of 2009.


Flickr releases an application for the iphone

Yahoo also gets iPhone and Blackberry support


Google launches Instant search - as users type, the results instantly tailor to the text in the search box.


Google buys Zagat

Michael Hart, creator of the e-book, passed away

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