Podcast Episode - Day in Technology History
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Majestic 12, a secret committee of scientists, military leaders, and government officials, is allegedly established by a secret executive order issued by President Harry Truman to investigate UFO activity in the aftermath of the Roswell incident.
The first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS Enterprise, is launched in Newport, Virginia. It is the largest warship in the world. Powered by eight nuclear reactors, it does not need to carry its own fuel oil and so has more room for aviation fuel and weapons. In 1963, Enterprise and two similarly powered cruisers make a non-stop voyage around the world to demonstrate the viability of nuclear power. Visit the vessel’s official website.
Compuserve start operation as the first computer information service.
In Boston, Massachussettes, IBM announces that it has produced a memory chip that can store 288,000 bits.
James Copland, vice president of marketing for the Atari Corporation, resigns to start SC&T.
The periodic Great White Spot is first observed on Saturn. It was named after Jupiter's Great Red Spot, is a name given to periodic storms that are large enough to be visible by telescope from Earth by their characteristic white appearance. The spots can be several thousands of kilometers wide.
Broderbund releases the game Myst
Netscape Communications releases the Navigator Personal Edition 3.0 web broswer, for US$50, and the Navigator Gold Personal Edition 3.0 for US$80.
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announces that it is investigating Intel for allegedly illegal practices of withholding CPU sales to PC makers who buy competitor’s products.
eBay, Inc. makes its Initial Public Offering (IPO) of shares with over nine million shares trading on Nasdaq. The stock had an initial offering price of US$18 a share, but gains US$29.375, closing at US$47.375. eBay is an Internet-based auction facility catering to more than one million registered users.
Netscape Communications Corporation signs an agreement with Snap.Com, a new search engine service, for the distribution of a custom version of the Netscape Internet browser.
Space Imaging launches the first commercial “spy” satellite, capable of collecting high-resolution imagery at one and four meter resolutions, as well as multispectral (MS) and panchromatic (PAN) imagery. The New York Times call the launch “one of the most significant developments in the history of the space age.”
Yahoo! launches Yahoo! China.
AMD releases the 1600MHz Athlon XP 1900+ and the 1667MHz 2000+ mobile processors. Price: US$239 and US$345 each .
One thousand car shoppers’ car loan applications are exposed in bulk on Dealerskins, a Tennessee firm that hosts websites for car dealerships. The website containing the information The Dealerskins was completely unsecured. The breach will later make CNN’s “Dumbest Moments in Business” year-end list. Intel releases the 2700MHz Celeron 2.7 128KB Level-2 Cache and a 400MHz Front Side Bus.
Mozilla released Firefox 3.0.2
A Federal Judge rules that Quallcom has infringed on 2 patents that Broadcom owns.
NetChoice, an e-commerce advocacy group, is calling on the National Retail Federation to apologize. NRF’s Vice President Joseph LaRocca put out a report saying thieves who steal from retail stores are often driven to crime by the "addictive qualities" of online commerce
MySpace Music debuts
Yahoo holds their first board meeting with Carl Ichann Oracle enters the Hardware market with a storage server