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August 4, 2009: Two Journalists Released from North Korea

In 2009, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il issued a pardon to two Current TV journalists who were recently charged for perpetrating hostile acts against the communist state. After a visit from former President William Clinton, Laura Ling and Euna Lee were released. They were detained on March 17th. “It was the third time that I’ve heard her voice since March 17 when they were first detained. And it was a very different call from the two previous calls. She was very deliberate and clear in her message, which was, look, you just have to know that we did violate...

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August 3, 2005: Mozilla Corporation Established, 1977: TRS-80 Model I

2005 – To handle revenues, the Mozilla Foundation established the Mozilla Corporation. This taxable organization can skirt any legal issues the Foundation would endure for being a non-profit organization. A board of directors brought Gary Kovacs on as CEO to the Mozilla Corporation.It was the first computer based on the Zilog processor. 1977, Lewis Kornfeld announces the TRS-80 Model I microcomputer. This 8-bit computer had 4KB RAM, 4KB ROM, 12-inch RCA video, and came with the CP/M OS. The computer was $399.95, but add all the extras and it would come to $599.95. The computer was presented by Lewis Kornfeld, president...

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August 2, 2005: Apple Mighty Mouse Release, Controversy

The Apple Mighty Mouse was first released in 2005. It was the first mouse since Apple Lisa that had multi-button functionality. A $49 price tag made it a real addition to your machine.However, this mouse was not without controversy. Another company – Called “Man and Machine” – created a mouse for the medical field. It was also given a trademark for the Mighty Mouse name a year before Apple. Yet Apple still received a Trademark for the mouse. Now some may say “What about the mouse that saves the day”. According to trademark laws, their trademark was for a cartoon...

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August 1, 1981: MTV Goes On-Air, 1970 First Long Distance Database Established

In a study by the US Atomic Energy Commission in 1970, they connected a computer across the transatlantic to see how a database could transfer overseas. One computer was in Paris at the European Space Resource Organization, the other in Palo Alto, CA. The group concluded that this was a success and anyone could get access the world over. 1981 – Music Television launched. This changed the way we consumed music. A 10 minute long hello from the staff of MTV at 12:01 on August 1st, was followed by the first music video – Video Killed the Radio Star. Full Day...

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July 31, 1980: TRS-80 Model III, TRS-80 Pocket Released

Radio Shack released a few new TRS-80 line computers in 1980. One was the introduction of Model III. It contained a Zilog Z80 processor and 4 kb of RAM> The price was only $699.Then again, you could get the TRS-80 for $399 with the Motorola 6809E CPU, or the TRS-80 Pocket computer for $230 Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 31 Windows NT 4.0 Released Sprint Early Termination Fees Hotmail changes their mail name to Outlook Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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July 30, 1996: Atari, JTS Merger Approved

In a four minute meeting, the stockholders voted 42 million to 11 thousand in favor to the merge Atari and JTS in 1996. Because of the decision, Sam Tramiel picks up the severance checks, but agrees to stay in office while the company transitions. JTS held the Atari name until March 1998 when Hasbro bought the brand for 5 million dollars. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 30 The Lisa Project starts The PowerPC alliance Time Warner joins the WiMAX revolution Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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July 29, 2009: Yahoo Search Sold to Microsoft

We dealt with the big buyout bid fight between Microsoft and Yahoo back in 2008. Of course, the outcome was that Yahoo’s CEO Jerry Yang stepped down and Carol Bartz took the reigns. However, Carol did make a bold move in 2009 as she agreed to a deal with Steve Ballmer. Microsoft would get Yahoo Search engine technologies and create a search engine for Yahoo. In return, Yahoo would handle advertising for premium search advertisers. This was a ten year deal.BTW – Recent news stated that Yahoo.jp is using Google in Japan. While it did put a snag in the...

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July 28, 1858: Fingerprinting is First Used

Sir William James Herschel was using it for more of a signature than anything in 1858 as he was requiring palm prints from people he met. After collecting several prints, though, he started realizing there were unique identifiers that could be used in identifying a person. The Palm prints would eventually change to fingerprints for Forensics to use. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 28 Apple invests in Samsung for LCD technology Sprint acquires Virgin Mobile and the Boost Mobile brand Dell Workstation 400 is announced Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android...

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