June 13

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Day in Tech History: June 13th

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Pioneer Space 10 probe crossed Neptune – the farthest man made space probe


Activision finalizes their Infocom acquisition in what was called a "Very Sour" deal. Activision turned around and sued Infocom shareholders.


Microsoft Corp., Tele-Communications Inc., and Time Warner Inc. announce a joint venture designed to “combine the worlds of computing and television and perhaps shape how much of popular culture is delivered.” The development of interactive television software, which will one day allow consumers to bank, shop, and surf the web via their television sets, seems as if it will be the next popular tech trend.

V. 2.3 of the Pretty Good Privacy application is released


A series of Brazilian websites were hacked by “Analista”


Linus Torvalds announces the release of version 2.4.21 of the Linux kernel. New features include support for AMD’ Opteron processor.

Microsoft announced that it was ceasing further development of Internet Explorer for Mac.


The Fedora Project releases the operating system (os) Fedora Core 4, code-named Stentz. According to the software’s release notes, the os, based on version 2.6.11 of the Linux kernel, is optimized for Pentium 4 processors, but it will run on a machine as slow as a 400MHz Pentium II or, if a user is willing to work with a text-only interface, a Pentium I. A minimum of 256MB of memory is recommended for the 32-bit x86 version or 512MB for the 64-bit x86 version. In this version, Red Hat introduces Clearlooks as the default theme. Xen, a high performance and secure open source virtualization framework, is also introduced. Visit the official Fedora Project website. Visit the official Xen website.


A man named Vincent Ferrari documents his attempt to cancel an AOL account in his blog, http://insignificantthoughts.com. He recorded the phone conversation in which an AOL representative refused to cancel the account unless Ferrari, age 30, explained why his AOL hours were still active. Ferrari insists that there is no AOL software still installed on the computer. The AOL representative then asks to speak with Ferrari’s father, who had originally set up the account. The conversation will later be aired on CNBC. When CNBC reporters later try to have a different account canceled, they will be hung up on immediately. Still later, AOL will eventually fire the representative to whom Ferrari had spoke.

Music Piracy had been contained – according to an article in USA Today. Mitch Bainwol – CEO of RIAA – said that although the problem has not been eliminated, file sharing is flat.


Jeffrey Brett Goodin is sentenced to 70 months in jail. He was the first person to be convicted under the CAN SPAM act for a phishing scheme posing as an AOL Billing representative.


P.F. Chang's confirms a data breach of 33 stores

Alex Kibkalo - the ex-Microsoft employee who leaked early copies of Windows 8 to a French Blogger - was given 3 months in prison and $100 fine.

Facebook Messenger adds 15 second videos to their app

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