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February 3, 2009: RAMBUS Patent infringement Postponed Indefinitely

2009 – Judge Ronald M. Whyte of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order indefinitely postponing the coordinated patent-infringement cases filed by RAMBUS against rival memory chip makers. Hynix Semiconductor, Micron Technology, Nanya Technology and Samsung Electronics were plaintiffs on RAMBUS lawsuits. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 3 Apple phases out computers in Best Buy, Circuit City, Office Max and Sears Free-PC will no longer give away Free PCs Microsoft releases Windows XP SP1 Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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February 2, 1998: AOL Takes Over Compuserve, 1964: G.I.Joe Released

1998 – In the 90’s, AOL and Compuserve were battling out for top dog in the ISP market. However, AOL showed a lot more game back then as Compuserve ultimately faltered when it’s main investor – H&R Block – decided to divest. The big quandary: Who was to buy Compuserve. Well, the end result was a buyout of Compuserve to AOL after Worldcom picked it up and then took what they wanted. 1964 – The first G.I.Joe was released to the toy market. Toy company Hasbro released the 12 inch soldier to the public. Avoiding the word “Doll” to keep the...

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February 1, 2008: Microsoft Bids Yahoo, 2012: Facebook Files IPO

2008 – Microsoft officially made a move to put a bid in for Yahoo! They announced a plan of $31 a share, which was 62 percent of premium common stock from Yahoo! This was not the first time Microsoft had made a play for the company, but this was the most covered by press. Yahoo! would eventually decline the offer of Microsoft, claiming they undervalued the company. This would bring Carl Ichan to the forefront which would lead to months of speculation and debate.  Although Yahoo! did not take the bid, they did end up selling the search assets in 2009 under...

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January 31, 1984: Apple Reorganizes

1984 – Apple announced they would split up the Cupertino based company into three divisions – Apple II (handling all Apple III computers as well), the Apple 32 division (Lisa, and new Macintosh line of computers) and Accessory Products (Printers, keyboards, etc). Delbert Yocam led the Apple II group which Steve Jobs would take care of Apple 32. Michael Muller would lead the accessories. Apple did a lot of reorganizing, including Michael Spindler to VP of the European group and William Campbell to VP of sales in the US. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 31 Related articles Mistrial in WordPerfect...

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January 30, 2015: 2,000 Episodes of Day in Tech History

Today marks a very special day for “Day in Tech History” – the 2,000th episode. I started this show as “This Week in Tech History” back in 2008. On August 10, 2009 I decided to make this a daily podcast – one of only 2 podcasts out there that created content 7 days a week. Since then, new episodes have come out every day for you to consume. We have definitely had good and bad times – from hackers to missed scheduled items. But in the end, the machine continued to work forward, getting you the daily technology history rundown. So...

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January 29, 2014: Google Sells Motorola Mobility

Google owned Motorola Mobility for only 2 years before deciding to sell it off. They chose to sell to Lenovo for $2.91 billion. A major change in the $12.5 billion acquisition they made in 2011. But of course that was after Google striped the company down a little and sold items like their cable modem division to Arris Group. The deal was completed on October 30, 2014. In return, Motorola developed the Nexus 6 – Google’s six-inch smartphone that debuted in November 2014. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 29 Microsoft releases Word 3.0 for Mac Best Buy announces they...

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January 28, 1984: Tim McVey Day

1984 – One billion points on one quarter. That was the reason for Tim McVey Day. At the Twin Galaxies arcade back on January 17th, Tim scored 1,000,042,270 points on one quarter to the game “Nibbler” – a hybrid Pac-Man and Centipede game. McVey got his name in Computer Games Magazine for it, and so he became the first video gamer to get a civic day in his honor. His record was broken eight months later by Enrico Zanetti. Of course, this event gets overshadowed by the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing by Timothy McVeigh. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 28...

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January 27, 2006: Western Union discontinued Telegram and Commercial Messanging services

2006– Founded in 1851, Western Union was responsible for getting the important messages from point A to B. Whether through telegram or commercial messaging, Western Union was synonymous with the service. But on January 27, 2006, that all ended. As Western Union wrote: “Effective 2006-01-27, Western Union will discontinue all Telegram and Commercial Messaging services. We regret any inconvenience this may cause you, and we thank you for your loyal patronage. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact a customer service representative.”   Wikazine – Full show notes for January 27 MIT vs. David LaMaccia Kevin Mitnik cracks the...

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