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Day in Tech History: February 13

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1946

The world’s first electronic digital computer, Electronic Numerical Integrator and Calculator (ENIAC) is first demonstrated at the Moore School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, by John W. Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert. The ENIAC machine occupies a fifteen hundred square foot room. The ENIAC demonstrates that high-speed digital computing is possible using the vacuum tube technology available. Built of some 17,468 electronic vacuum tubes, ENIAC is in the largest single electronic apparatus in the world.

1980

Apollo Computer is incorporated in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. Apollo helped create the original work stations, small but powerful computer mostly used for engineering. In 1989, Hewlett-Packard Company will acquire Apollo in a US$476 million deal.

1996

Apple announces plans to stop paying quarterly dividends to shareholders with no plans to resume them in the future.

Atari Corporation announces its intentions to merge with Jugi Tandon Storage (JTS) Corporation by granting JTS an extended bridge loan of $25,000,000 to build disk drives. Atari stockholders will hold 60% of the outstanding shares of the merged operations. The company will function under the name of JTS and Atari’s function to develop, manufacture and sell video games will be maintained as a separate division of JTS. Atari stock us one of the most active on the American Stock Exchange for the day.

Wal*Mart and Microsoft announce a joint plan for an Internet Portal

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2000

The last original Peanuts comic strip appears in newspapers one day after Charles M. Schulz dies.

2001

Windows XP is introduced at the Experience Music Project in Seattle, Washington.

2002

Immersion files a lawsuit against Microsoft and Sony for patent infringement of joystick force-feedback technology in the Xbox and PlayStation 2 controllers.

2003

Dino A. Amato, an Ohio Man attacks the Glenn Research Center e-mail server, shutting it down. While employed as a contractor by Affiliated Computer Services at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, Amato knowingly violated NASA regulations by downloading a zipped file called from the Internet and transmitting it to an e-mail account on the NASA e-mail server at least seven different times, knowing that the zipped file would cause the system to slow down or completely stop processing e-mail messages. The NASA computer security department reportedly incurred losses of twelve thousand dollars inspecting, diagnosing and repairing the e-mail server.

Sega announces plans to merge with Sammy in Japan.

2008

Rush Limbaugh gets the ultimate service help as Steve Jobs is called in to fix his problems after the Leopard upgrade.

Google releases Application Developers kit

2009

Microsoft Splits in w - Sort of. The Zune department splits into a software and hardware division.

Unix users celebrated 1234567890 Day

Yahoo MyWeb is closed and streamlined into Delicious and Yahoo Bookmarks.

iFart sues Pull my finger for infringement.

2012

Google gets final EU approval to purchase Motorola. A $12.5 billion dollar deal

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