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Day in Tech History: June 17th

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The Statue of Liberty is delivered to New York Harbor from France


The first public demonstration of Phonovision, a coin-operated “video jukebox” developed by Sam Sax, former head of Warner in the UK and of the Vitaphone studio in Brooklyn, is given in New York. Initially using copies of old Vitaphone short films, the Phonovision Corporation intends to shoot new short-form musical material at the former Edison studio in the Bronx. The company claims to have received orders for forty thousand machines.


Logical International files a trademark infringement suit against Coleco Industries, claiming prior use of the name “Adam” for a computer.


The Dusky Seaside Sparrow becomes extinct as the last of it's kind passes away at Walt Disney World


Compaq Computer announces the Armada line of notebook computers, including the low-end 1100 series and high-end 4100 series. Compaq also announces three new models in the LTE 5300 line.


At the PC Expo show, Corel releases the WordPerfect Suite 8, which includes WordPerfect 8, QuattroPro 8, Presentations 8, PhotoHouse 1.1, Netscape Navigator 3.0, Envoy 7 viewer, CorelCentral, Bitstream Font Navigator 2. Price: US$395 Upgrade: US$179

Hackers deciphered computer code written in the Data Encryption Standard, which had been designed to be impenetrable. A group of users organized over the Internet cracked the software, the strongest legally exportable encryption software developed in the United States, after a mere five months of work. The United States bans stronger encryption software out of fear that it could be used by terrorists, but companies designing the software say such restrictions are worthless because foreign countries offer much stronger programs.


Digital Video Express abandons marketing its Divx pay-per-transaction DVD video scheme because it failed “to obtain adequate support from studios and other retailers” despite “strong consumer interest in the Divx feature.”


Lindows.com, Inc., whose mantra has been “Bringing Choice to Your Computer,” begins delivering on its promises by partnering with Microtel Computer Systems to ship Lindows.com’s Operating System, LindowsOS, pre-installed on their personal computers. For less than US$300, computer-buyers can purchase a Microtel computer running LindowsOS at Walmart.com.


Linus Torvalds announces that he will take a leave of absence from Transmeta to work full-time at the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) on the Linux kernel.


After continual loses, it’s reported that Sony has decided to disband their “Connect” Digital music service. Two days later a press release goes out to say the service will not disband, but they will cut jobs to keep the service going.


A small glitch hampers Mozilla’s download site as they launch FireFox 3. They get the bugs worked out and within 24 hours over 7 million downloads are recorded. It was expected more, due to the fact people were downloading from alternate sites due to the glitch.

A Massachusetts state worker is cleared of all charges in a computer pornography case. It was determined that malware was the culprit in visiting the illegal sites.

The Husband – Wife CoFounders of Flickr - Stewart Butterfield and Caterina Fake – announce their last days with Flickr. Fake technically left on June 13th, and Butterfield announced he will be leaving July 12th of 2008.


AMD decides to retire the code-name “Congo” for their new dual core chip for ultra-thin devices because of public concern of humanitarian issues since Militias fight over the minerals used in electronic devices.

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