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April 9, 2012: Facebook Purchased Instagram, 1998:Seiko Debuts Ruputer

2012 – Facebook – trying to get a hold on photosharing – decides to not wait for their iPhone app to come out but instead purchase Instagram for 1 billion dollars ($300 million and 23 million shares of Facebook stock). The reason Facebook made the purchase was for the close to 50 million Instagram users. Facebook had plans to keep both companies separate, but found later that joining the two via databases would help both companies grow.  The companies finalized the deal on September 6, 2012. 1998 – Seiko Instruments introduces the world’s first wrist wearable Personal Computer called the Ruputer....

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January 31, 1996: Corel Acquired WordPerfect

1996 – Corel not only gets WordPerfect form Novell, but also Quattro Pro for $180 million in stock and cash. Michael Cowpland (Founder of Corel) called WordPerfect the “Pepsi to Microsoft’s Coke”. I guess that was not the case as OpenOffice (RC maybe?) surpassed WordPerfect users.WordPerfect and Corel have been in flux since 2006, when Vector Capital purchased 72% of the company. Just this last year, they bought up the remaining stock and became privately held once again. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 31 Related articles Mistrial in WordPerfect antitrust case against Microsoft (seattletimes.nwsource.com) January 15: Ralph Baer Patents...

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January 28, 1999: Yahoo Aquired GeoCities

First started as Beverly Hills Internet (BHI) GeoCities was one of the largest online user-created communities. At it’s height, GeoCities was the third-most visited website. Pages built by users to slice their piece of the Word Wide Web Pie. Yahoo! saw this as a great addition to their web so on January 28, 1999 Yahoo! announced they were purchasing GeoCities for $3.6 billion dollars and $1 billion in stock options. Because of this news, GeoCities stock jumped up 42.25 points to $117/share. Yahoo! jumped up 31 points to $367/share. GeoCities was closed by Yahoo! on October 26, 2009 Fun Fact: GeoCities...

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January 24, 1996: RemoteAccess BBS Released to Public

RemoteAccess BBS is a DOS Bulletin Board System. It’s software was written by Andrew Milner. RemoteAccess was released as shareware and did a crude version of Multitasking. The final version of RA was released in 1996 (with a Y2K fix in 2000). At that time BBS were being switched to Internet protocol systems like online forums. 1994 – Apple released the Macintosh computer. Marketed as Mac, Steve Jobs brought it in with an Amazing Superbowl commercial behind it. The Macintosh 128K brought the graphical user interface and mouse into home and business computing. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 24 IBM Selective Sequence Electronic Calculator (SSEC)...

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January 23, 1983: TV Series A-Team Debuts

1983 – In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum-security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune.If you have a problem… if no one else can help… and if you can find them… maybe you can hire… The A- Team NBC ran the A-Team from January 23, 1983 to March 8, 1987. The movie came out June 11, 2010. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 23 Sega and Bandai announce a merger...

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January 9, 1992: Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)

1992 – Technically a Smartphone is a Personal Digital Assistant. You can thank John Scully, CEO of Apple on that term. He coined it in reference to Apple joining the market by years end. Older known Personal Digital Assistants included Newton (Apple), Palm III (Palm), Handspring, Jordana, iPaq and more.Wikazine – Full show notes for January 9 Mac OS X is unveiled Ask.com reorganizes – CEO Jim Lanzone steps down Verizon finishes acquisition of Alltel for $27.5 Billion Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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