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January 19, 2012: MegaUpload Taken Down, 1983: Apple Lisa Introduced

2012 – Federal prosecutors shut down the file-sharing site MegaUpload.com. People that visited the site saw a FBI Anti-piracy takedown notice. The seized website mentions MegaUpload was accused of conspiracy to commit racketeering, conspiracy to commit copyright infringement, conspiracy to commit money laundering and criminal copyright infringement. 2013 – Kim Dot Com starts the website “Mega” 1983 – at an introductory price of $9995, Apple introduces the Lisa computer – the first computer with a GUI (Graphical User Interface). The computer featured a 5 MHz 68000 microprocessor, 1 MB RAM, 12″ monochrome monitor, dual 5.25″ 860 KB floppy drives, a 5 MB hard drive and...

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January 18, 1990: Chicago Raid of PHRACK, Knight Lightning

1990 – The Chicago Task raids the home of Craig Neidorf – A.K.A. Knight Lightning. The group, along with Bellsouth, are looking for information on an article published in the hacker rag “PHRACK – Control Office Administration of Enhanced 911 Service”. The article was written by “the Eavesdropper” and contained information that was obtained by documents stolen from Bellsouth. The group doesn’t have a warrant, but when they show up the next day with one, Neidorf’s hard drive comes up missing. Craig will then be arrested for tampering. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 18 Stac Electronics sues Microsoft for...

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January 17, 1882: Carbon Microphone for Telephone

1882 – Thomas Edison created more tech history when he was granted a patent for the carbon microphone for the telephone. The carbon was in between two cups and attached to the mouthpiece. The diaphragm would change pressure, causing the carbon to be pushed upon. That would send electric current to the other end – which would transpose it back to audio. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 17 Other Historical Events in Technology The infamous “Apple Ad” shows up in movie theatres IBM charged with the Sherman Antitrust Act Apple reaches an “out of court” settlement with NeXT Co-Founder...

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January 16, 2009: Circuit City to Go out of Business

2009 – You can be #2, and still not be doing all that great. This was the case for Circuit City. A failed buyout opportunity from Blockbuster and they were at the same point as CompUSA a couple years prior. Therefore, officials announced they will be closing the remaining stores and selling all assets.Ironically enough, Circuit City’s website assets were acquired by SystemMax – the same company that holds Comp USA’s web assets. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 16 Burger King De-Friend promotion on Facebook Patrick Spence hands the Renegade BBS to Jeff Herrings Lotus v. Borland Podcast: Play...

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January 15, 1968: Ralph Baer Patents First Video Game

1968 – Ralph Baer applies for a patent on a TV game system he designed. This, of course, sparks the Video Game age and Ralph becomes the inventor and Pioneer of the field. In 2006, he was honored with a National Medal of Technology for the advancement. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 15 Intel acquires Xircom Wikipedia is launched Coveritlive and Twitter goes down for Steve Jobs Keynote Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS | More

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January 14, 1914: First Assembly Line Ford Model T Car

1914 – Although the Model T has been around since 1908, the first Ford Model T that was made on an assembly line was completed. This, of course, brought a new wave to the Auto and manufacturing industries. Ford has since been a leader in cars in the US.Interesting side-note: Henry Ford was on the cover of Time Magazine on Jan 14, 1935. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 14 Intel 2.4 GHz processor IBM Data 360 Nortel files Chapter 11 Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS | More

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January 13,1984: Jack Tramiel resigns from Commodore

1984 – Two days after the announcement of the 264 and 364 computers, CEO Jack Tramiel resigned from Commodore. There was a lot of battling within the board of directors. 6 months after Tramiel left, he started another company called “Trammel” and hired away a few of the key Commodore employees. The company was one of those that bought – then sold – Atari. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 13 Carol Bartz accepts the CEO position at Yahoo Iomega acquires SyQuest Microsoft SQL Server is announced Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS |...

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January 12, 1996: Apple’s 68 Million Dollar Loss

1996 – Apple had been declining in the last few years. With Michael Spindler at the helm and a host of problems with the failed Lisa project, the company had been dealing with loss after loss. The $68 Million first quarter loss was a wake up call for Apple to change guard. On Feb 2nd, Gil Amelio would replace Michael Spindler as CEO, who in turn would bring Steve Jobs back into the mix and ultimately loose that position to the former CEO. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 12 Sinclair 16/32 bit Quantum Leap (fictional) Activation of HAL 9000...

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