History of Technology April 10th
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The comic strip Fox Trot by Bill Amend debuts.
Intel introduces the 25MHz 80486 microprocessor. The processor features the equivalent of about 1.2 million transistors, integrating the 80386 processor, a 80387 math coprocessor, and an 8KB primary cache. Price: US$900
Intel introduces the 33MHz version of the 80386DX microprocessor and 80387 math co-processor.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) publicly announces the investigation of Nintendo on charges of price-fixing is made public. Nintendo has signed a consent decree in which the company agrees to not fix prices in the future or penalize retailers who sell Nintendo merchandise below suggested retail prices. Nintendo also agrees to refund five dollars in the form or a coupon to consumers who purchased a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) between June 1, 1988 and December 30, 1990. Visit the official FTC website. Visit the official Nintendo website.
The world’s first national DNA database, the National DNA Database (NDNAD), is launched in the UK. Police are authorized to retain DNA samples of those arrested using mouth swabs or hair samples. In just ten years, over three million profiles will be collected. Read more at Gene-Watch.
In the Thursday, April 10, issue of the journal Nature scientists at Sandia National Laboratories and France Telecom announce that they have developed a prototype protonic memory chip that retain data even after power has been shut down. Visit the official Nature website.
Wizards of the Coast announced the acquisition of all of the assets of TSR, including Dungeons & Dragons and the remaining major gaming convention, GenCon.
Global Village announces an agreement to sell its modem business to Boca Research for US$10 million in cash and notes.
Bleem begins shipping. BLEEM! was a PlayStation emulator for personal computers and eventually shut down by Sony.
Internet radio stations across the web temporarily suspend of service due to royalty disputes. Many of the services are real-world radio station which have begin to stream their broadcasts online.
Version 2.2.1 of the Python programming language is released. Visit the official Python website.
Sony sells the first Blu-Ray DVD (Blue-Laser DVD) recorder, the BDZ-S77, more than a year after the initial announcement of the Blu-ray optical disc format. The disks have a storage capacity of nearly twenty-three gigabytes of data through the use of blue lasers which have a narrower wavelength than the conventional red laser DVDs, which yield a maximum capacity of approximately 4.7 gigabytes per layer per side. Visit the official Blue-ray format website.
Disney says it will begin offering downloads of its television shows from its website abc.com, for a two month trial period.
Hotmail suffers a 2 hour email outtage.
Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis anounce they would like to buy Skype back from eBay. They offered 2 billion, although they sold the company for $2.6 billion.
Facebook announced they had purchased Instagram for $1 billion. Days before a Facebook version of the Instagram app was to be released.