Day in Technology History for April 11th
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At an Apple Computer board meeting, John Sculley, with the backing of the company’s other executives, asks Steve Jobs to step down as head of the Macintosh division. .
Atari Computers introduces the Portfolio portable computer, featuring 128KB RAM, the MS-DOS operating system, a keyboard, and a 8 line by 40 character LCD display. The system is about the size of a videocassette, uses memory cards and is powered by three AA batteries. The computer comes bundled with an address book, calculator, calendar, spreadsheet, and word processor application. It will begin shipping in June. Price: US$399 Weight: 1lb
Compaq Computer announces plans to acquire Microm, manufacturer of modems and remote access technologies. .
The International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism (LICRA) of Paris, France, announces that it has filed a lawsuit against Yahoo!, which hosts auctions of Nazi memorabilia.
Research in Motion of Canada releases the RIM 957 Wireless Handheld computer featuring an Intel 386 processor, 5MB Flash RAM, a built-in keyboard, a wireless modem, and a monochrome screen. Price: US$499 Weight: 5.3 ounces
Indrema, of Alameda, California, announces that it is unable to continue the development of the L600 video game system, which was to be based on the Linux operating system, and that it will be going out of business.
Kozmo.com, an Internet-based home delivery service, announces that the company has shut their doors and ceased operations after failing to merger with PDQuick. The company offered free one-hour delivery of a range of goods, including coffee, food, or video rentals. The company employed 1,100 people.
The Securities and Exchange Commission files a complaint against Xerox alleging that the company deceived the public between 1997 and ==2000== by employing several “accounting maneuvers,” the most significant of which was a change in when Xerox recorded revenue from copy machine leases. Xerox recognized a “sale” in the period a lease contract was signed, rather than recording the revenue over the course of the contract.
The Livejournal blogging community reaches one million registered accounts. Less than a year later, on January 29, 2004, the site will reach two million accounts. .
FBM Software releases version 3.4 of ZeroSpyware for Windows. The anti-spyware shareware which can scan and remove many types of adware and spyware, along with browser hijackers, commercial surveillance software, dialers, keyloggers, rootkits, and trojans. .
Version 7.1 of the iMesh peer-to-peer network is released.
Susan Boyle takes the Stage at "Britian's Got Talent". A person that most would write-off at first glance, sings "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Miserables. Once she was done singing, the 48 year-old Scot got a standing ovation and her audition became one of the most viral on YouTube.
The Pebble Smartwatch launched on Kickstarter. It hit their $100,000 goal in the first two hours online and finished with a ten million dollar success story.
Social Browser software Rockmelt announced they will be shutting down their browser. They will be re-focusing on a new content feed site.
IBM invests $1 billion into Flash technology storage.
Twitter rolls out real-time web notifications
Facebook implements some new updates which clean up unsolicited posts in the news feed