September 10

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Podcast Episode - Day in Technology History

Day in Tech History: September 10th


Genetic fingerprinting is discovered in Leicester, England, by Alec Jeffreys. Studying X-ray images he saw what seemed to be a complicated jumble. Then he realizes this could be DNA-based biological identification since every person has a unique DNA profile. However, the discovery is the accidental outcome of research Jeffreys was conducting to trace genetic markers through families to better understand the inheritance patterns of illness.


The Gopher protocol, a distributed document search and retrieval network protocol designed for the Internet, is announced by Paul Lindner and Mark P. McCahill of the University of Minnesota.


The Board of Directors of the Boston Computer Society (BCS) unanimously votes to halt operations of the not-for-profit operation. The group, with offices in Cambridge and Waltham, Massachusetts, is near to celebrating twenty years of bringing together computer owners to share their combined knowledge base. BCS, founded in 1977 by thirteen year old Jonathan Rotenberg, is thought to be the world’s oldest and largest computer organization. In 1989, the group reached a peak of thirty-one thousand members.


America Online, Inc. AOL states that William Raduchel, chief strategy officer of Sun Microsystems, Inc. will be taking over the position of chief technology officer for AOL. The position was held for a short time by Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Netscape.

The United States Department of Justice files court papers stating that the testimony of Microsoft’s Chairman, Bill Gates, in the company’s antitrust trial was “bizarre” and “not credible.”


Apple Computer announces that computers shipping in January will boot to Mac OS X only.

Version 8.4 of the Tcl/Tk programming language.


Adobe Systems releases the Dreamweaver MX 2004 HTML editor. It is the seventh version of the application.


The first public beta of Sabbu, a program used to time subtitles for video.


BMW showed off the Navigation system, which primarily uses Google for its search engine.


AOL rolls out new features to the email, including the ability to check other email accounts from the site.

MP Lembit Opik was arrested for riding his Segway outside the House of Parliament in the UK. The reason why he was arrested? Because the government created a “Segway ban” on public roads and pavements. Safety was the main reason for the ban.

Apple releases version 2.1 for their iPod Touch.

Apple also settles a 14 million dollar lawsuit over backdating – A stock is sold and backdated when the stock was at a certain price.

Arizona takes all their death notices offline. They found that with so much information in the obituary, one could use that to create a situation of online fraud.


The streaming music site Rhapsody was approved by iPhone to build an application.

Top WBA boxer Amir Khan sends a threatening message to Facebook in regards to taking down Facebook hate groups. Khan says the pages are full of defamatory and illegal content and need to be taken down quicker.

Motorola introduces the Cliq - their first smartphone using the Google OS. The Cliq has a HVGA touch screen and runs Android OS 1.5 Cupcake. Slide out keyboard, Wi-Fi and 3G compatible.

Microsoft is defending a claim that they didn't purchase a keyword to gain ad space on pornography websites.


The DOJ and SEC expands an investigation against HP. They are looking into whether an HP subsidiary paid bribes in Russia to help with a multimillion dollar contract.

Google launches Family Safe Center

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