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February 19, 1990: Adobe Photoshop 1.0 Released

1990 – Thomas Knoll was a student at the University of Michigan when he decided to write a program for his Macintosh Plus. The program was a simple image viewer, but when his brother – John Knoll – caught wind, he suggested that Thomas turn it into an image editor. Thomas took 6 months to develop the first version of the photo editing program. They then took the idea to Adobe, who snapped the idea up. At that point, Adobe Photoshop 1.0 was released. 23 years later, it is the premier image editing software for most. The first version only...

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February 18, 1979: Sahara Desert Gets Snow

1979 – for the first and only time in recorded history, it snowed in the Sahara Desert. It was in Southern Algeria and the storm only lasted a half hour. The snow melted off quickly. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 18 Corel ships WordPerfect Suite for DOS. JavaScript v 2.0 is released White House website recovery.gov is launched Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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February 16, 1978: First Bulletin Board System (aka CBBS)

1978 – The first computer bulletin board system was created in Chicago, Illinois by Ward Christensen and Randy Suess. The Computerized Bulletin Board System (CBBS) came together in 30 days, where it was then launched. Even though it was already turned on for testing, today was the day CBBS went into production. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 16 Inauguration of 911 First known Malware for Mac OS X Lance Armstrongs’ bike is stolen. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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February 14, 2005: YouTube is Founded

Happy Valentines Day! 2005 – YouTube, the popular video sharing website, is established by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim. The website was registered on February 14th, and didn’t officially launch until November 2005. Google bought out YouTube on October 9, 2006 for $1.65 Billion. With an upload every 20 minutes and over 1 Billion views a day, YouTube has definitely grown to a video powerhouse. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 14 Texas Instruments makes the first “micro on a chip” Lotus Symphony Nintendo releases the Game Boy Advanced SP Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts...

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February 12, 2001: Anna Kournikova Virus Hits Internet

2001– Jan de Wit – a.k.a. “OnTheFly” sends out an email stating that it is a picture of the famous tennis player. Of course it turned out to be a a Worm that takes down tens of thousands of computers. Most companies will shut off their email to the world just to prevent from getting it. De Wit would then be arrested two days later and sentenced to 150 hours community service. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 12 Packard Bell employee opens fire Windows NT 4.0 and 2000 source code is leaked Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe!...

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February 11 - AT&T asks for an injunction against Samsung 0

February 11, 2012: Apple Tries to Ban Samsung, JOSS Taken Down

2012 – Apple began the lawsuits in the US of Samsung made Galaxy Nexus citing patent violations back in April 15, 2011. This would span across the Nexus S, Epic 4G, Galaxy S 4G and Galaxy Tab. A lawsuit that has gone back and forth between the two companies. The patents in question were for data tapping, a Siri search method, a slide-to-unlock patent and a word completion patent. On this day, Apple officially asks for a preliminary injunction for Samsung sales in the US . 1966 – The Johnniac Open Shop System (JOSS) was taken down by the RAND Corporation. JOSS...

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February 8, 1996: 24 Hours in Cyberspace Book

1996 – It was the single largest online event at the time. 24 Hours in cyberspace was coordinated by Rick Smolan to capture photos representing a day in the life of the internet user. Photos would be handed in from around the world and put out on Cyber24 dot com. The website is no longer in service and there is no good Internet Archive to the site. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 8 The Communications Deceny Act becomes Law The Harvard Mark I Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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February 7, 2000: Mafiaboy DDos on Yahoo, 6 Other Web Sites

2000 – 10:15 AM, Mafiaboy – Michael Demon Calce, a 16 year old hacker from Canada – targets 7 sites with a Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDoS). Amazon, Buy.com, CNN, eBay, E*E*Trade, MSN and ZDNet are all affected. Mafiaboy would be sentenced to eight months in a youth detention center for this DDoS. The project was called Rivolta (riot in Itallian). Yahoo! was his first target. Calce later said he downloaded the application but didn’t realize he ran it so he went to school. When he came back his computer was crashed and he had no idea what happened....

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