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Bill Gates and Paul Allen sign a licensing agreement with Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS) to implement the BASIC programming language. Gates and Allen receive US$3,000 immediately, with royalties of US$30 per copy of 4K BASIC, and US$35 for 8K BASIC.
The Diskeeper Corporation, developer of the popular Diskeeper disk defragmenting, application is founded.
The Software Publishing Corporation introduces the PFS:Professional Series, consisting of a word processor (US$199), a database filing system (US$249), and a spreadsheet program (US$249), and the PFS:First Choice software suite, which incorporates basic versions of all three applications for beginners (US$149).
Known as the “Atlanta Three” case, three members of the hacker organization Legion of Doom (LOD/H) are arrested when the US Secret Service raids their homes and charged with hacking into Bell South’s Telephone Networks in September 1988, possessing proprietary BellSouth software, unauthorized intrusion, illegal possession of phone credit card numbers with intent to defraud, and conspiracy. They never crashed computers or stole money; they were notorious for stealing phone service and teaching their techniques to like-minded hackers. The three hackers include: Franklin Darden (”The Leftist”), Adam Grant (”The Urvile” or “Necron 99″), and Robert Riggs (”The Prophet”). All three cooperated fully with law enforcement officials, but they will nonetheless be sentenced to time in federal prison. Leftist will be sentenced to fourteen months in prison. Prophet will be sentenced to twenty-one months in prison. Urvile will be sentenced to fourteen months in prison. Read more in the Bruce Sterling’s The Hacker Crackdown.
The Secret Service shows up in force at the house of the hacker known as “Fry Guy,” who had gained notoriety from altering MacDonald’s mainframe in order to give himself and his co-workers raises. Fry Guy is not a member of the Legion of Doom, but will co-operate with law enforcement officials by informing on the Atlanta Three in exchange for leniency. Read more in the Bruce Sterling’s The Hacker Crackdown.
Apple Computer Inc. announces a new operating system for its Macintosh computers, OS 8. The new operating system will offer new features such as the improved integration of the Internet and an improved three-dimensional look for the system’s interface. The release signifies an important move at a time when Apple’s upper-level management and profits are in crisis. It will sell 1.25 million copies in less than two weeks.
Sega terminates its agreement for 3Dfx to supply custom 3D graphic chipsets for the next Sega video game system.
Internet retailer Amazon Inc. announces that sales increased by more than 300% in the last fiscal quarter. Over 880,000 new customers were served during the quarter.
Microsoft releases the first version of MSN Messenger, a freeware instant messaging client.
The Detroit Free Press newspaper reports that Minneapolis-based cereal manufacturer General Mills, Inc. has apologized for including disks of free Bible software in packages of Cheerios, Chex, and similarly branded cereal products. According to General Mills, the promotion defies a previously established company policy not to endorse any one set of religious beliefs.
Version 4.74 of the Netscape Communicator suite is released.
Sony launches the Clié PEG-SL10 handheld computer, featuring a Motorola DragonBall VZ 33MHz processor, 8MB RAM, Palm OS 4.1, a monochrome 320×320 pixel screen, and a Memory Stick slot. Price: US$149
Version 4.2.2 of the PHP programming language is released. Visit the official PHP website.
Version 8.4.4 of the Tcl/Tk programming language is released. Read more about the history of the language.
Microsoft announces the name of the next Windows operating system, Windows Vista. The system is to be released in early 2007.
J. Salvatore Testa II releases ScatterChat, an encrypted instant messaging client based on Gaim, at the H.O.P.E. Number Six conference in New York City. The code is open source, licensed under the Hacktivismo Enhanced-Source Software License Agreement (HESSLA). It provides encryption as well as integrated onion routing with Tor, and secure file transfers. Scatterchat’s security features include immunity from replay attacks and limited resistance to traffic analysis.
Google and Digg were rumored to be in talks of Acquisition.
The imprisoned IT worker, who was in custody on felony charges of taking sole control of the city's network, gives all the access codes to Mayor Gavin Newsom. Terry Childs had set up the protection in order to keep out “Incompetent city officials who were trying to force him out of his job.”
MLB.tv announces the availability of all the games over the iPhone application. The free version will only allow 1 game a week.
Microsoft finalizes Windows 7 and releases to manufacturing
Yahoo! Acquires Xoopit, a start up that helps people share content from Facebook.
Amazon announces it will be acquiring Zappos.com in a deal valued at $847 million. Zappos is an online shoe retailer
George Bronk was sentenced to 4 years 8 months for hacking into women's Facebook pages, copying private photos and videos of them in nude, or half-nude situations, then threatening he would publish the results unless he received more nude photos from the user. He was arrested on November 3, 2010.