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Day in Tech History: June 2nd

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The US Civil War ends.


IBM releases the IBM 1301 Disk Storage system. Each module of the 1301 has twenty-five disks, each of which features fifty tracks per inch with a 520 bits per inch density and a total data storage capacity of 28MB (28 million characters). As many as ten modules can be added to an IBM 7000 series mainframe or IBM 1410 using the IBM 7631 file control unit for a total of up to 280MB of storage for the 7000 series or 250MB for the 1410. Read more at the system’s official IBM website.


IBM introduces the PS/2 Model 70 with the 80386 processor at 16, 20, and 25MHz clock speeds.

IBM also introduces the PS/2 Model 25 LS and PS/2 Model 50 Z.


A district court judge dismissed Apple's suit against Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard for stealing the "look and feel" of its Macintosh interface. Apple had sued the two companies in 1989 for copying its point-and-click interface.

AT&T and Viacom announce that they will test interactive television services in the homes of 13,000 Viacom cable customers in California. The companies said the tests could include interactive educational programs and movies on demand.


Compaq Computer introduces the TFT500 15.1-inch active-matrix flat-panel display. Price: US$3,799

Intel releases the 233MHz Pentium MMX processor. Price: US$594

"Push" pioneer Pointcast says that its founding president and CEO will step aside in favor of a new CEO to run the company after its planned initial public offering. Pointcast had pioneered the idea of bringing information directly to passive Web surfers, who wouldn't have to look for it themselves on the Web. CEO Chris Hassett says that he feels he is better at starting companies than running them and that the company will seek a new leader to head its growth period after the IPO.


The CIH computer virus is discovered in Taiwan.


Europe launches its first voyage to another planet, Mars. The European Space Agency's Mars Express probe launches from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan.


Ken Jennings begins his 74-game winning streak on the syndicated game show Jeopardy!.


Google, WSJ and CNBC were some of the companies that were able to display real time NASDAQ stock trades. Before, companies had a 15 min. delay.

Microsoft issues a warning about the Apple Safari “Carpet Bomb Attack” through the browser.

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