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We move from the Julian Calendar (created by Julius Ceasar) to the Gregorian (Pope Gregory III). Todays Julian date is 2,455008.50000 (2009) 2455373.50000(2010)
The FCC announces it will start regulating Cable TV – mostly for major networks to own too many cable channels.
The First Barcode (Universal Product Code) was scanned. It was on a pack of Wrigley’s chewing gum. The scanner was developed by IBM
Microsoft announced it will no longer sell or support the MS-DOS OS. Programmer Jim Hall proposes the development of an open-source version of DOS, which will ultimately become FreeDOS.
Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia, and Unwired Planet enter into a partnership to create a common Wireless Applications Protocol (WAP). The first version of WAP specifications will be published on April 30, 1998.
Intel launches 633, 667, and 700 MHz Celeron processors. Prices are US$138, US$170, US$192 .
AMD unveils 550 and 533 MHz K6-2+ processors for notebook computers. Prices are US$85 and US$99 .
Google and Yahoo! announced a partnership under which Google will provide search results for Yahoo!
Yahoo! Launches Corporate Yahoo!
Apple Computer releases updated Power Mac G4 computers. They feature single or dual 1.25 GHz G4 processors, single 80 GB to dual 160 GB hard drives.
Microsoft releases Windows 2000 Service Pack 4. New features include support for USB 2.0 and wireless Internet connections.
IBM unveiled the Blue Gene/P Supercomputer with a speed of 1 petaflop, but can reach up to 3 petaflops. It houses 294,912 low-power chips.
JEDEC finally unveils official DDR3 standards
An Application in Facebook created a “Peephole” in which people could see anyones’ personal information. Facebook suspends the app.
Microsoft Acquires Mobicomp
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approves the unrestricted gTLD program. Companies can register top level domains not in the General category (example, IBM could purchase .ibm). The application process would cost $185,000.
Android SDK 1.5 is released.
HP brings back some of their most famous calculators – on the iPhone. The app will emulate some of the calculators that we used throughout time, for $14.99.
The Judge in the Pirate Bay case is ruled as “Not biased” after accusations were made on this high-profile case by the Sweedish Copyright Association.