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Day in Tech History April 17th


1996

Apple Computer, Inc. reports a second quarter loss of US$740 million and the 1,500 more employee lay offs over the next twelve months.

Toshiba releases the Libretto sub-notebook. With a volume of 821.1 cubic centimeters and a weight of just 840g, it is the smallest PC compatible computer yet released.

US Vice President Al Gore visits a high-tech mobile computer classroom called CyberEd. Following the visit, the truck leaves on a 122-day tour to rural regions to expose children to the “riches” of computers and the Internet. The tour is financed by a US$1 million grant from MCI, the Milken Family Foundation, Microsoft, Corp., Corning, Inc., DSC Communications Corp. and the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund.

2000

Aerial Images (www.terraserver.com), based in Raleigh, North Carolina, posts five recently released Russian spy satellite images of “Area 51″ on their website. Area 51 is a United States Air Force test site, formerly known as Groom Dry Lake Air Force Base, popularized by alien abuduction conspiracists. The photos were taken by a Russian satellite called Sovinformsputnik in 1998. By Tuesday, April 18, so many visitors will have hit the website to see the photos, that they will have to be removed until additional hardware can be installed to handle the volume.

The United States State Department reveals that a laptop computer that held classified information disappeared from the Bureau of Intelligence and Research in February. According to Reuters, the computer may have contained “code-word information, a classification higher than top secret, including sensitive intelligence information and plans.”

2001

Python 2.1 is released.

2002

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) unveils the Mobile Athlon XP 1400+ (1.2 GHz), 1500+ (1.3 and 1.33 GHz), 1600+ (1.4 GHz), and 1700+ (1.47 GHz) processors, featuring 200 or 266 MHz bus (1700+ is available only with 266 MHz). The processors are manufactured with a 0.13-micron technology, based on the processor core code-named Thoroughbred.

2008

Red Hat makes an announcement that they will be focusing on servers and not going after consumer markets with desktop versions of the software.

Powerplay – the online payment service – drops Psystar as an account after learning it is making Mac clones. Powerplay does that because of the way Psystar violates Apples Services agreement.

Microsoft purchases Farecast – an online airfare predictor.

AT&T launches POGO – a web browser.

2009

Sweden district court finds the four defendants in the Pirate Bay file-swapping case are guilty of hosting illegal downloads.

In following suit of Ashton Kutcher, Oprah Winfrey joins twitter.

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