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IBM announces the IBM RT (or IBM 6150) series of personal computers, notable for being one of the earliest systems to feature 32-bit RISC (reduced instruction set computer) technology. (The RT in IBM RT, in fact, stands for RISC technology.) It also features 1MB RAM, a 1.2MB floppy, a 40MB hard drive, and the AIX (Advanced Interactive eXecutive) operating system. Price: US$11,700
AOL acquires Personal Library Software.
Eric Haseltine, the senior vice-president of research and development at Walt Disney Imagineering, demonstrates Monty, a computer generated character that moves its lips in sync with dialog entered into a laptop computer. Monty is the brain child of Fluent Speech Technologies in Beaverton, Oregon.
Intel announces that it will stamp unique serial numbers on its processors during manufacturing. According to the company, the ID numbers will help facilitate e-commerce, prevent fraud, and promote digital content protection.
Hacker Kevin Mitnick, age 36, is released from prison under restrictions that prevent him from using computers for three years. In 1995 Mitnick plead guilty to charges of computer and wire fraud amounting to US$290 million. Visit Kevin Mitnick’s official website.
Hacker Kevin Mitnick logs onto the Internet for the first time in nearly a decade, following his nearly five year jail sentence and a three year long prohibition against using computers. Visit Kevin Mitnick’s official website.
Microsoft acquires PlaceWare, a developer of web conferencing software, which was originally a spin-off if Xerox Parc. Microsoft re-branded PlaceWare’s core product and marketed it as Microsoft Office Live Meeting.
US District Judge J. Motz issues a preliminary injunction ordering Microsoft to distribute Java from Sun Microsystems with their Windows operating system and to cease distribution of Microsoft’s own Java implementation.
Zimbra founder Satish Dharmaraj announces he will leave the Yahoo in March
Sony announces they will cut two factories in Japan, and cut 2000 jobs
the United States patent office rejected 20 claims over Internet subdomains held by a company called Hoshiko. Said patents were applied for to go left or websites such as LiveJournal and free homepage.com