US District Court Judge Fern Smith rules that Atari Games infringed upon a copyright and patent held by Nintendo by duplicating software code found in Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) cartridges. Atari Games announces that it will appeal the decision. Read more about the lawsuit at Digital Law Online.
Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc. establishes its Sony Computer Entertainment of America (SCEA) division, to market video games for its upcoming PlayStation video game system in the US.
The United States Justice Department along with the Attorneys Generals of twenty states and the District of Columbia file an antitrust lawsuit Washington, DC, alleging that the Microsoft Corporation illegally stifled competition, harmed consumers, and undercut software innovation. The case focuses on Microsoft’s integration of the Internet Explorer web browser into its Windows 98 operating system. The States ask the Court to issue a preliminary injunction ordering Microsoft to offer a version of its operating system with either no browser bundled into it or with a selection of alternative browsers, such as Netscape Navigator.
Version 4.6 of Netscape Communicator is released. Visit the official Netscape website.
Boo.com, a high-profile online designer clothing and cosmetics retailer based in the UK, is placed in receivership less than six months after its launch. Analysts attribute the company’s poor sales to its poor design.
DreamWorks releases the animated comedy Shrek to 3,587 US theaters. It will go on to become the first film to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Produced on a budget of US$60 million, the film will gross US$42,347,760 domestically in its opening weekend and US$487,655,011 in the course of its theatrical run. MPAA Rating: PG Running Time: 1 hr 30 mins
The match between Chess Grandmaster Mikhail Gurevich and the IBM computer Junior 7 in Greece ends with Junior winning with three wins and one draw.
The NASA Cassini-Huygens space probe enters into the orbit of Saturn, at which point the gravitational pull of the planet overtake the influence of the Sun. Visit the official Cassini–Huygens website. Version 2 (Tettnang) of the Fedora Core operating system is released. Fedora is an RPM-based Linux distribution, developed by the community-supported Fedora Project and sponsored by Red Hat. Visit the official Fedora Project website.
Dell announces that it will roll out new servers based on the AMD Opteron chips by year’s end, thus ending the company’s long-standing exclusive relationship with Intel. Dell will also began offering AMD X2 processors in their desktop line by September 2006.
Disneyland and Walt Disney World launch ten wireless internet hot spots, scattered throughout the parks’ attractions. Visitors playing the game Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End on Nintendo DS handheld video game systems in the parks can download bonus content not available anywhere else.
Facebook incorporates OpenID into their login structure.
Dell announces the Lattitude 2100 with Intel Atom CPU, 1GB of RAM, Windows XP. This netbook is intended for younger users – anti microbacterial keyboard, rubberized cover. Netbook starting at $369
Flock 2.5 is released. It is a browser social network application.
Facebook (FB) goes public. Starting at $38 a share. Facebook did not raise. by the 3rd day te stock fell to $31 / share. By end of year, Facebook stock was at $26.62