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Day in Tech History: September 7th


The first episode ofMonty Python’s Flying Circus recorded.


ESPN makes its debut and become the main driver in the adoption of cable TV. ESPN also embraced Internet TV later on.


Illiac IVILLIAC IV, the first large parallel processing computer, is shut down after nearly a decade of use at the University of Illinois. In 1966, the Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency contracted the University of Illinois to build the ILLIAC IV, which did not operate until 1972 at the NASA Ames Research Center. ILLIAC IV achieved a computation speed of two hundred million instructions per second, about 300 million operations per second, and one billion bits per second of I/O transfer via a unique combination of parallel architecture and the pipe-lining structure of its 64 processing elements.


Victory Computer Systems, which will manufacture several series of computers, is incorporated.


AT&T announces a joint venture with Coleco Industries to develop a home video game service to deliver games over phone lines to the Colecovision game system.


Ebay Magazine hits newsstands in the United States. The monthly magazine is published by Krause Publications. According to the publishers, the target market is e-commerce enthusiasts and it will include articles that features buying tips, selling tips, and ideas of benefit to collectors and investors. The premiere issue features a brief article on collecting classic Atari 2600 items entitled “Just try comparing ‘Frogger’ to ‘Quake II’” on page 27. It includes quotes from Alexander Bilstein, webmaster of Atari 2600 Nexus.

Version 1.0.0 of GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG), a free software replacement for the Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) suite of cryptographic software, is released under the GNU General Public License. GnuPG is completely compliant with RFC 2440, the IETF standard for OpenPGP, and the system will rapidly increase in popularity after the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology funds the documentation and Windows port for the application in 2000.


Sega launches the SegaNet online gaming network. SegaNet allows Dreamcast players to play against other players via the dial-up network. Current Dreamcast owners can receive a US$150 rebate for signing an eighteen month contract. New purchasers can receive a free Dreamcast for the same eighteen month contract. Price is US$21.95 per month.


Artisan Entertainment releases the documentary, directed by Jehane Noujaim and Chris Hegedus in the UK. The film examines the dot-com start-up phenomenon, following and its founders Kaleil Tuzman and Tom Herman in 1999 and 2000 as the Internet bubble burst.


The Wikimedia Commons, is a repository of free content images, sound and other multimedia files, is launched.


Apple Inc. discontinues the iPod mini line of MP3 players, which was introduced on February 20, 2004. It is replaced by the iPod nano line, which is introduced on the same day. The nano combines features of both the iPod shuffle and iPod. Samsung confirmed their next-generation of optical drives will support both Blu-ray Discs and HD DVD discs.

Version 2.12 of Gnoppix, a Linux distribution intended to offer the GNOME desktop environment on a Live CD.

Yahoo!Inc. supplies information personal information on a user to the government of the People’s Republic of China, which subsequently jails reporter Shi Tao, age 37, on a ten year sentence. The move sparks debate in the US media. In an attempt to defend their brand image, Yahoo!releases a statement explaining that the company was just following Chinese law.


Amazon launches Amazon Unbox, an Internet video on demand service that offers television programs and films for rental and purchase from eight major television and film studios to US customers. Rental pricing for feature length films range from US$0.99 to US$3.99, while television shows can be purchased for US$1.99. Additional discounts are given for full season purchases. Downloaded films includes two versions of videos requested, a full resolution video file and a lower resolution copy for portable devices. Read the original press release.


Netscape halted a Digg clone project that was headed by Jason Calacanis. Reasons why was because “users didn’t expect Netscape to do that”.

Apple signed a patent-licensing agreement with the company InterDigital for $20 million, plus ongoing royalties


The game “Spore” releases in North America. We don’t normally talk about game releases, but in this case, there was a lot of hype that the game ended up Not living up to.

Apple admits they did not invent the iPod – They acknowledge Kane Kramer is the father of the MP3 system. Kramer penned the idea in 1979.

The London Stock exchange goes down for 7 hours due to a glitch In the TradElect software. This ended up wiping a whole day worth of trading for that Monday.


Google hires Jared Cohen - a tech evangelest with the State department - to launch Google Ideas

Garmin launches the NuLink 1695 price: $449.99

iWeb 3.0.2 is released

Firefox 3.6.9 is released

A Phillidelphia appeals court rules that no search warrant is needed for police to track cell phone whereabouts in the US. However, the court also mentions that they are not to be handed out like candy.


Michael Arrington is fired from TechCrunch - Founder of TechCrunch, Michael Arrington was fired due to his new venture - CrunchFund. AOL felt he would not be objective in reporting the news.

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