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August 21, 2001: Internet2 (aka RNP2) Connected

2001 – using a 45 MBs line, Brazil became part of the Internet2, an internet connected to multiple academics. The connection went from Rio de Janerio to Miami Fl.  Internet2 member rolls included over 200 higher education institutions, 40 members from industry, 30 research and education network and connector organizations and over 50 affiliate members. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 21 Windows 95 is released. The official launch date will be on the 24th Club Neverdie is running well in Entropia Universe MP3.com reaches a settlement on their case with Sony Entertainment Group

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February 20, 2001: Napster’s One Billion Dollar Bribe

2001 – Napster took back a $1 billion offer to record labels, songwriters and artists for being able to continue pushing their music. They made the offer on Feb 18th, but the RIAA called them out. Napster’s plan was to give major labels (in whole) $150 million per year for a non-exclusive license. Independent labels would be paid based on volume. The company would then initiate a membership fee to cover costs. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 20 Compaq Presario 2100 is introduced Napster‘s 1 billion dollar bribe to the RIAA Google found Atlantis?

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January 22, 1998: Microsoft and US Department of Justice

1998 – Microsoft reached an agreement with the US Department of Justice regarding Internet Explorer on Windows 95. In the agreement, computer manufacturers could have the IE link removed. This was a small step in the antitrust suit against Microsoft and using bundled software and drive out competition. The Microsoft antitrust trial would begin on May 18, 1998 and go until November 5, 1999. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 22 The Famous Apple Macintosh Superbowl commercial Microsoft releases IE for Mac AOL sues Microsoft on behalf of Netscape for IE Cell Phone Tax rejected

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October 2, 1997: Worldcom outbid BT – Wins MCI Communications

1997– MCI was under a bid to be purchased by British Telecommunications. Worldcom came in and outbid BT to snag up the company. What made this the coup de grace is it would make Worldcom the #2 telecom provider, under AT&T. The $37 Billion dollar merger would finalize on November 10th. Then, September 1998 – MCI Worldcom would officially launch. This all crumbled in 2002 when Worldcom filed for bankruptcy.  I was an employee of Worldcom and had been since its original namesake LDDS. At the time we were awestruck. –Bill Bartholomew This Day in Tech History podcast show notes...

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September 1, 2008: Google Chrome “Accidentally” Released

2008 – It was hailed as a “Mistake” on their blog. With that, Google Chrome is released in Beta on Windows machines. The new browser takes a lot of people by surprise as this was a pretty secretive project – that is, until the comic was released. Google then blogged about it saying: At Google, we have a saying: “launch early and iterate.” While this approach is usually limited to our engineers, it apparently applies to our mailroom as well! As you may have read in the blogosphere, we hit “send” a bit early on a comic book introducing our...

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February 20, 1986: Launch of Mir Space Station

1986 – The first piece of the Mir Space Station is launched. With 6 docking ports and labs for research, the Space Station was expected to push us into the stars. The term “Mir” is Russian for “Peace”. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 20 Compaq Presario 2100 is introduced Napster‘s 1 billion dollar bribe to the RIAA Google found Atlantis?

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January 22, 1984: Apple Macintosh Superbowl Ad Debuts

1984 – Apple created the opportunity of a lifetime with the Macintosh. It was the first mouse-driven computer and Graphical User Interface (GUI) machine. The machine would have a release date of Jan 24, and held a 8 MHz Motorola 68000 microprocessor. It had 128 KB DRAM and came with a 9″ black-and-white CRT with resolution of 512×342. The price of the machine was $2495But what was key to this computer launch was the ad. This ad ran Nationally only once – If you missed the Superbowl, you would have missed the Ad – that is, unless you watched the...

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