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Herman Hollerith receives a patent for his punch card calculator.
Intel introduces the 16-bit 8086 processor with clock speeds of 5, 8, and 10MHz. Each processor contains twenty-nine thousand transistors and is able to one megabyte of memory.
The Chicago Syslink BBS is started on a TRS-80 Model I with 300bps Modem.
Rupert Murdoch announces the launch of Sky Television as a four-channel advertising-supported service to be transmitted via the forthcoming first Astra satellite. The service will include a revamped Sky Channel, plus one channel each devoted to movies, news and sport.
Rasmus Lerdorf launches version 1.0 of the popular scripting language PHP.
A computer user known as “_eci” publishes his Microsoft C source code on a Windows 95 and Windows NT exploit, which will later become the remote denial-of-service attack (DoS) utility, WinNuke. The source code gets wide distribution across the internet, and Microsoft is forced to release a security patch.
Yahoo acquires Viaweb, co-founded by Paul Graham, which becomes Yahoo Store.
Apple releases QuickTime 4.0. It introduces several fundamental features, including: graphic exporting, support for the MP3 format, and support for streaming.
Rueters reports that a poll conducted by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and the Software & Information Industry Association reveals that thirty-eight percent of new business applications installed worldwide (615 million) are pirated software. Piracy related losses to the industry are estimated to have totaled more than US$11 billion in 1998.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) confirms that it has opened a probe into whether eBay, Inc. sellers are committing fraud by bidding on their own items to help drive up the price.
PHPMyAdmin 2.1.0, an application for handling the administration of MySQL over the Internet, is released. It is the last released to involve the program’s original developer, Tobias Ratschiller.
NetZero, Inc. and Juno Online Services, Inc. jointly announce that they will merge to form United Online, possibly becoming the second biggest US Internet Service Provider (ISP), after America Online, Inc. AOL. Mark Goldston, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NetZero, will become president and CEO of the new combined company. Combined, the companies have about 24.5 million registered users and 8.2 million active users. The new firm will trade on the Nasdaq with the symbol of UNTD.
The first Transit of Venus, in which the planet Venus passes directly between the Sun and Earth, occurs for the first time in the new millennium.
A hardcopy of a reply from The Pirate Bay to Web Sheriff, in response to faxed legal threats, is sold on eBay for US$255. The Mars Express Orbiter detects an aurora on Mars.
HP Settles a Patent Suit with Acer. 7 Patent violations were resolved with no disclosed terms
The Swedish Pirate Party gains a seat on the European Parliament in Brussels.
Rambus drops 4 patent suits against Nvidia after realizing the patent suit (brought in 2008) were not warranted and could lose on the case.
WWDC 2009 – Steve Jobs introduces the iPhone 3GS, Safari 4 and Quicktime 10. The new 13 and 15 inch notebooks included the same battery technology as the Macbook AIR. It also includes an SD slot on aluminum body macs. The Firewire port also was re-included in the 13 inch MacBook.
Apple also cuts the MacBook AIR price from $2499 to $1799.
the Internet Society coordinates the World IPv6 Day, a day where internet service providers switch from the IPv4 protocol to IPv6. The switch keeps the internet from running out of internet addresses.