Podcast Episode - Day in Technology History
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Morse enters into an agreement with Alfred Vail, whose father owns Speedwell Iron Works. Morse develops his caveat showing the invention and alphabet code. It is sent to his old classmate and Commissioner of Patents, Henry L. Ellsworth, in Washington.
German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle verifies the position of Neptune as the 8th planet.
John Curtis produces the first commercial chewing gum on a stove in his home in Bangor, Maine in the United States. He will market the product as “The State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum.”
Richard S. Rhodes invents the Audiophone, the first hearing aid.
The animated television series The Jetsons premieres on the ABC network. TV.com entry
Philips and Music Corporation of America (MCA) agree on a merger of their respective video disc systems, Philips to produce and sell VLP hardware, MCA to develop and market Disco-Vision software.
Rod Black confirms a non-exclusive licensing arrangement with Microsoft for 86-DOS. Microsoft will pay a US$10,000 fee for the right to distribute 86-DOS to an unlimited number of end users, and to sublicense 86-DOS to equipment manufacturers for US$10,000 (US$15,000 with source code).
Intel tells PC vendors to delay shipments of computers with Pentium III processors using a 820 chipsets and Rambus DRAM, due to unresolved application and system crashes. NASA announces that it has lost contact with the Mars Climate Orbiter, as it apparently burns up as it enters into orbit around the Red Planet.
The first public version of the web browser Mozilla Firefox (”Phoenix 0.1″) is released.
AMD releases the 2000MHz Athlon 64 3200+ processor, featuring a 1024KB Level-2 Cache and an 800MHz Hyper Transport. AMD also releases the 2200MHz Athlon 64 FX-51 processor, featuring a 1024KB Level-2 Cache and an 800MHz Hyper Transport. The Athlon 64 is AMD’s eighth-generation microprocessor architecture and the third series of processors to bear the name Athlon.
Japan’s Solar-B mission is launched from the Uchinoura Space Center. With its successful launch, it is rechristened “Hinode”.
The first Android phone pictures start to show up
The Large Hadron Collider announced they will not start up the device until spring due to issues. It shut down the week prior due to a helium leak.
Yahoo launches YIM 9.0
A court in Spain dismissed charges of copyright infringement when 3rd parties uploaded video.