April 21

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An attorney for Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS) denies allegations made by Microsoft, responding that MITS is up-to-date on royalty payments, and is not required to license 8080 BASIC to competitors. The conflict will ultimately lead to Microsoft withdrawing its exclusive license in November.

Mattel Electronics introduces the Aquarius computer, with 4kB RAM, 8kB ROM, a Z80A processor, a 40×24 text output to a TV, with 80×72 block graphics, in 16 colors. Price: US$160

Tandy announces THOR-CD, an erasable re-usable compact disk system for music, video, or data. Delivery of production units is 18 to 24 months away. The format will never be commercially viable. The CD-ROM format, which will be incompatible with Tandy’s hardware, will become the dominate format.

The Tandy Corporation holds a press conference in New York to announce its plans to build clones of IBM’s PS/2 system computers. The Tandy 5000MC personal computer will feature an 80386 processor and IBM’s Micro Channel bus, and it will sell for US$4999-6999. The conference comes on the heels of IBM’s announcement that it would license patents on key PC technologies, a move signaling its willingness to let other companies clone its machines. Within five years, IBM clones will become more popular than the original IBM machines.

A hacker known by the handle “Joka” tricks America Online (AOL) into briefly shutting down a site run by the Texas branch of the Ku Klux Klan for security reasons after AOL had declined to do so earlier in response to widespread criticism to the site’s offensive material.

Some of the ashes of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and 22 other notables are launched into space on Pegasus XL. The ashes will remain in orbit for approximately five years, until they burned up on re-entry. The remainder will be sent up in 2016 with his late wife, Majel Barrett. [1]

In the lawsuit brought by Intel, Advanced Micro Devices agrees to a settlement, agreeing to acknowledge the term “MMX” as an Intel trademark.

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 goes into effect. The United States government begins surfing the Web to enforce the first federal statute regarding online privacy. The new law imposes fines in the thousands of dollars on marketers who collect information under the age of thirteen.

Spanish police announce that they believe nearly eighty people were involved in an elaborate international child pornography ring responsible for delivering more than twenty thousand images of children over the Internet. Based in Pamplona, Spain, the organization worked under a web distribution list dubbed “nudeboys2″. Twenty-one of the fifty-four distribution points were in the United States.

Intel releases the 3 GHz Pentium 4 processor with 800 MHz front-side bus. Price: US$417 in 1000-unit quantities

Amazon Video on Demand announces they will now be available in HD including TiVo DVRs and Roku Players.

Firefox releases 3.0.9, which fixes 12 vulnerabilities, 4 which were rated critical.

Google launched Google Offers