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Day in Tech History: February 24

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1993

Japanese programmer Yukihiro Matz Matsumoto, begins work on the Ruby programming language, which will be released to the public in 1995. Ruby is an interpreted, object-oriented programming language, which combines syntax inspired by Perl with Smalltalk-like object-oriented features. Ruby is specifically designed to be simpler than Perl and more object-oriented than Python. Its main implementation is free software distributed under an open-source license. Visit the official Ruby website to try it.

1995

Borland International unveils the Delphi software development tool.

1997

Michael Eisner and Steve Jobs announce that Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Animation Studios have agreed to jointly produce five movies over the next ten years. Costs, profits, and logo credit will be split fifty-fifty. Disney will purchase one million shares of Pixar common stock at US$15 per share, and may acquire up to five percent of the company.

US Robotics begins shipping 56Kbps modems. Visit the official US Robotics website.

2000

Electronic Arts (EA) announces the acquisition of DreamWorks Interactive, LLC.

2008

Microsoft drops HD DVD from the Xbox 360

Phil Harrison announces he will step down from his role of president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios on the 29th.

2009

Hitachi acquires Fabrik for external storage

The messanger app WhatsApp is incorporated. Facebook would purchase this app for $19 billion on February 19, 2014

2011

Google rolled out a major change in their algorithm. The new algorithm geared toward sites that re-aggregated content - called content farms. Several websites were affected with their page rank, and this major change affected 12% of your search results.

2012

Google sells of their stake in Clearwire, $47 million dollars worth.

Google improved their voice service by adding Google+ circles.

Tumblr announced within the next week, they will be implementing new policies banning any blog that promotes self-harm. Topics like anorexia, bulimia, purging, and suicide will be removed.

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