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Day in Tech History: July 25th

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1953

Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th CenturyThe Cartoon Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century, directed by Chuck Jones is released featuring Daffy Duck as Duck Dodgers, Porky Pig, and Marvin The Martain. It will go on to become perhaps the most famous of the Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies cartoons, and in 2003, after many years of cult status, it will be briefly spun off into its own animated series. Read more about the history of Warner Bros. Animation.

1961

Clive Sinclair founded Sinclair Radionics to develop and sell electronic devices such as calculators.

1989

IBM begins shipping the Personal System/2 with an Enhanced 80386 Memory Option and 4-megabit DRAM memory chips. It is the first personal computer product to use four megabit memory chips. Price: US$3,495

US Federal District Judge William Schwarzer confirms his earlier decision in the case of Apple Computer, Inc. v. Microsoft Corporation, removing all but ten of Apple Computer’s claims against Microsoft.

1990

Microsoft reports that its revenues have exceeded US$1 billion in the fiscal year ending in 1990.

1995

Randal L Schwartz convicted of hacking under Oregon’s Computer Crime Law. According to the prosecution, Schwartz illegally bypassed computer security in order to gain access to a password file while working as a consultant for Intel. According to Schwartz, he was only trying to show that management employees of Intel were selecting passwords that could be easily guessed by individuals who then could compromise computer security. Schwartz will be convicted on three felony counts, and on September 11, 1995, he will be sentenced to several years’ probation, a fine of US US$68,000, and about US$170,000 in personal legal bills.

1997

America Online reveals that they have dropped plans to sell subscriber phone numbers to business partners for telemarketing purposes.

1999

Version 5.4 of Vim, an open source, multiplatform text editor, for personal computers. This version includes basic file encryption among other improvements. Vim is short for Vi IMproved.

2002

Hewlett-Packard introduces the Jornada 928 handheld computer, featuring a 16-bit color screen, a Compact Flash slot, a 133 MHz Texas Instruments OMAP 710 processor, 64MB RAM, the Microsoft Pocket PC 2002 operating system, a rechargeable lithium-polymer battery, and a CompactFlash Type I slot. The Jornada 928 will be Hewlett-Packard’s only Pocket PC phone released under the Jornada branding, and it is only released in the United Kingdom. The phone is a European GSM Dual band device capable of accessing General Packet Radio Service (GPRS). Weight: 6.8 ounces

Princeton University admissions officials gained unauthorized access to a website at rival Yale University containing personal information about applicants to the Ivy League school, according to officials at both institutions.

2005

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich signs a bill into law restricting the sale of violent video games to minors. The law, which takes effect January 1st, bars stores from selling or renting extremely violent or sexual games to minors. Violators could be fined up to US$1,000. The bill also requires stores to clearly label their games with content ratings and to post signs explaining the rating system. Video game industry groups immediately file a lawsuit in federal court in Chicago, Illinois, challenging the new Illinois law. The groups claim that the law is a restriction on free speech. “It will limit First Amendment rights not only for Illinois residents, but [also] for game developers and publishers, and for retailers who won’t know what games can and cannot be sold or rented under this vague new statute,” claims Douglas Lowenstein, president of the Entertainment Software Association states in a press release. The law is designed to address rising public concerns since the 1999 Columbine High School massacre. On December 2, 2005, US District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly will declared the Illinois game restriction law unconstitutional.

Microsoft launches Windows Genuine Advantage on its website. The technology scans a user’s computer to ensure the Windows software in use is legal, before allowing updates to be downloaded. Tapwave announces bankruptcy and discontinues the Zodiac Palm-based handheld video game system.

Version 3.0.5 of the Scientific Linux operating system is released by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire (CERN).

Version 8.0.3.1 of the Netscape Browser based on Mozilla Firefox 1.0.6 is released.

2006

The OpenDarwin team announces that the project was shutting down, because the maintainers feel that the project had “become a mere hosting facility for Mac OS X related projects,” and that the efforts to create a stand-alone Darwin OS had failed. They also state that the “Availability of sources, interaction with Apple representatives, difficulty building and tracking sources, and a lack of interest from the community have all contributed to this.” Visit the project’s official website.

2008

AOL announces they will be shutting down some sites to improve others. Among those were Bluestring, a site to share videos, music, and photos; Xdrive, a general-purpose online storage service; and AOL Pictures, where people could store and share photos. X-drive was put up for sale, but there were no takers. It was then shut down on Jan 12th 2009.

Spam King Eddie Davidson--who was serving prison time for a spam conviction- Escaped on July 20th - shot his wife, and their 3-year-old daughter, then committed suicide in an SUV in Colorado. The daughter was only wounded and the son was unharmed.

Red Lasso – a company that posts TV show clips – shut down after being sued by NBC and Fox The FCC approves the 3.3 billion dollar Sirius-XM satellite radio merger

2009

Ericsson announces they will acquire Nortel wireless tech (CDMA, LTE assets) for $1.13 billion

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