November 27

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Day in Tech History: November 27th

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The Nobel Peace Prize is established after Albert Nobel signs it in his will.


Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 2.0 web browser to compete with the popular Netscape Navigator web browser. Microsoft markets the browser as having superior privacy protection.


The website of nethosting is hacked by 0100100000110111


Sega launches the Dreamcast video game console in Japan. The system features a 200Mhz Hitachi SH-4 RISC processor, 16MB RAM, a 56kbps modem, a 32-bit Yamaha Super Intelligent Sound Processor, a proprietary 1.2 Gigabyte CD-ROM, and the Windows CE operating system. The system is accompanied by the release of five software titles including: Godzilla Generations, July, Pen Pen TriIcelon, Sega Rally 2, and Virtua Fighter 3. Price: ¥29,800 (about $220US)


The E-Stamp Corporation stops selling postage over the Internet and lays off one third of its employees, blaming the cuts on high operating costs.

Martin Schweigher released orbiter - a freeware space shuttle simulator for Windows. Orbiter is focused on controlling the shuttle than the views or destination as other software focuses on.

Microsoft again denies it is a monopoly or has violated any antitrust laws when it files an appeal to throw out a lower court ruling that would force it to split into two smaller companies.


A hydrogen atmosphere is discovered on the extrasolar planet Osiris (HD 209458b) by the Hubble Space Telescope. It is the first atmosphere ever detected on an extrasolar planet.


Google Maps introduces Terrain View

Federal prosecutors tried unsuccessfully to force Amazon to identify thousands of innocent customers who bought books online, then abandoned the idea after a judge rebuked them.


Rick Astley shows up to the Thanksgiving day parade to sing "Never gonna give you up". Rick Rolling the Parade.


Amazon Japan launched instant video service

TuneIn Radio launched a voice-based social networking app

Bitcoin crosses the $1,000 / coin mark

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