Category: Day in Tech History

February 23, 1998: JTS Sells Atari to Hasbro 0

February 23, 1998: JTS Sells Atari to Hasbro

 

 1998 – After a merger with JTS (Jugi Tandon Storage) in 1996, Atari couldn’t keep afloat. Their new Jaguar gaming system was not selling and losses were mounting. Therefore, JTS sold all Atari intellectual properties to Hasbro Interactive for $5 million. The only item not sold was the Atari name, for that was owned by THQ. Hasbro held the rights until 2001 when they sold Hasbro Interactive (and all assets) to Infogrames. Hasbro bought back Atari in 2005 for $65 million. This included games like Dungeons and Dragons, Monopoly, Scrabble, Battleship, the Game of Life, Clue, Risk, Candyland and many other games....

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February 22, 1997: Dolly the Sheep Debuts

 

 1997 – Dolly the Sheep was cloned on July 5, 1996 in Edinburgh. However, scientists didn’t acknowledge Dolly’s existance until Feb 22, 1997. Dolly was the first successful animal to be cloned from an adult cell. Dolly had a full life, giving birth to 6 other lambs. She died on February 14, 2003 due to progressive lung disease and severe arthritis. Dolly gave way to cloning of other animals such as pigs, horses and more. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 22 Palm introduces the Palm IIIc and Palm IIIxe Popcorn is introduced to the Pilgrims by Quadequina Gawker puts...

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February 21, 1986: The Legend of Zelda

 

 1986 – The 3rd person action adventure game The Legend of Zelda was released by Nintendo for the Famicon in Japan. There, it was known as “The Hyrule Fantasy: The Legend of Zelda”. Hyrule was the fantasy land the game took place in. In the game, Link was given tasks in ultimate goal to rescue Princess Zelda from Ganon. The game took up the full 128 KB ROM. Passwords had to be written to Famicon’s disk drive. Something that the NES did not have. The game wasn’t released to the US until August 22, 1987. Nintendo had doubts this game would be well...

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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? Podcast: Play in new window |...

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February 19, 2014: Facebook Acquired WhatsApp

 

 2014 – In a $19 billion acquisition, Facebook acquired WhatsApp – an instant messaging app for smartphones. This cross-platform app allowed messages from Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Symbian, Windows phone and more. WhatsApp was founded in 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum. WhatsApp grew to over 600 million active users around the world. While WhatsApp is still independent from Facebook, the company can use technologies for their Facebook Messenger program. Perfect for those who want a messenger but don’t have Facebook. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 19 The first computer Search Warrant Pong gets patented Analog Cellphone networks shut down...

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February 18, 1983: Paul Allen Resigns from Microsoft

 

 1983 – From Paul Allen’s interview in 2011: “I heard Bill and Steve speaking heatedly in Bill’s office and paused outside to listen in. It was easy to get the gist of the conversation. They were bemoaning my recent lack of production and discussing how they might dilute my Microsoft equity by issuing options to themselves and other shareholders. Unable to stand it any longer, I burst in on them and shouted, ‘This is unbelievable! It shows your true character, once and for all!!’ “ Allen had just been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease. After eavesdropping on that conversation he decided to...

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February 17, 2009: DTV Delay in the United States

 

 2009 – It was the day we were suppose to switch our televisions to the Digital TV (DTV) system. However surveys stated that many people in the US either did not know of the DTV switch or did not upgrade their televisions with converter boxes. Some TV stations made their own decision to switch to Digital, but it was agreed that the DTV update would be pushed back until June. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 17 Apple QuickTake 100 Camera is released XBox cord recall Windows 2000 unveiled Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe! iTunes | RSS |...

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February 16, 1968: The First 911 Call Made – Haleyville, Alabama

 

 1968 – Haleyville, Alabama. The first 911 call in the US is officially used – 35 days after AT&T implements the emergency call number. Alabama Speaker of the House Rankin Fite placed the call at 2 PM to Congressman Tom Bevill to officially inaugurate the system. 911 was created because it was not in use within US phone systems. Alabama got wind that AT&T was planning to create the first 911 dispatch center in Huntington, Indiana, so he decided to independently build their system. Haleyville’s 911 system was built during off-hours and was completed within a week. Robert Fitzgerald built the...

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