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February 3, 2009: RAMBUS Patent infringement Postponed Indefinitely

Rambus

February 3, 2009 Rambus Patent Infringement

2009 - Judge Ronald M. Whyte of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order indefinitely postponing the coordinated patent-infringement cases filed by RAMBUS against rival memory chip makers. Hynix Semiconductor, Micron Technology, Nanya Technology and Samsung Electronics were plaintiffs on RAMBUS lawsuits.

Wikazine – Full show notes for February 3

  • Apple phases out computers in Best Buy, Circuit City, Office Max and Sears
  • Free-PC will no longer give away Free PCs
  • Microsoft releases Windows XP SP1
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January 28, 1999: Yahoo Aquired GeoCities

Yahoo! GeoCities

Yahoo! 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 still exists – in Japan.

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 28

  • Tim McVey Day
  • Radio Shack chooses Compaq over IBM
  • Ann Marie Linscott uses Craigslist to hire a hitman
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January 25, 2003: DDOS – SQL Slammer Worm

Virus

Virus

2003 – 5:30 AM. SQL Slammer worm caused a DDOS, infecting 75,000 within ten minutes. Christopher J. Rouland, the CTO of ISS, named it Slammer. The worm exploited a buffer overflow bug in Microsoft‘s SQL Server and Desktop Engine database products.

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 25

  • Version 2.2 of Linux
  • Jini Network Architecture
  • Judge reinstates how Microsoft can incorporate Sun Java
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January 24, 1996: RemoteAccess BBS Released to Public

Remote Access BBS

Remote Access BBS

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) a.k.a “the Poppa” is dedicated
  • Microwave Oven is patented
  • Gary McKinnon won right to judicial review
  • Apple introduces a floppy drive for the Lisa computer
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January 23, 1983: TV Series A-Team Debuts

A-Team

A-Team

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

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January 21, 2000: Kevin Mitnick Uses the Internet

Kevin Mitnick

Kevin Mitnick

2000 - Kevin Mitnick, who was imprisoned for 5 Years in hacking IBM, Motorola and DEC; then a big chase with the FBI, was released from prision. He was still ordered to not log onto a computer.2003 – Kevin Mitnick finally logs back onto the Internet after the 3 year probation. He fought the prohibition from the Internet and got it reduced to 3 years. No word as to where he went on his first login.

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 21

  • AOL acquires Personal Library Software
  • Intel stamping serial numbers on processors
  • Microsoft’s Injunction to package Java from Sun Microsystems.
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January 18, 1990: Chicago Raid of PHRACK, Knight Lightning

Craig Neidorf

Craig Neidorf

1990 – The Chicago Task raids the home of Craig Neidorf – A.K.A. Knight Lightning. The group, along with Bellsouth, are looking for information on an article published in the hacker rag “PHRACK – Control Office Administration of Enhanced 911 Service”. The article was written by “the Eavesdropper” and contained information that was obtained by documents stolen from Bellsouth.

The group doesn’t have a warrant, but when they show up the next day with one, Neidorf’s hard drive comes up missing. Craig will then be arrested for tampering.

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 18

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January 16, 2009: Circuit City to Go out of Business

Circuit City

Circuit City

2009 - You can be #2, and still not be doing all that great. This was the case for Circuit City. A failed buyout opportunity from Blockbuster and they were at the same point as CompUSA a couple years prior. Therefore, officials announced they will be closing the remaining stores and selling all assets.Ironically enough, Circuit City’s website assets were acquired by SystemMax – the same company that holds Comp USA’s web assets.

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 16

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