Category: Google

Google is a company based out of Menlo Park, CA. Questions arise on when Google officially started, but the celebrated date is September 4, 1998 by Sergey Brin, Larry Page and Eric Schmidt. Google is known as a SEO search engine – using keywords and terms to sort data and put important data to the top of the list. Google is also known for their GMail system, Google Docs, Google + (social Network), Google maps and much more. Reference: Wikipedia – Google

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June 28, 2011: Google Plus (Google+) Beta Announced

2011 – Google announced a Beta version of their Social Network to rival Facebook – Google+ (Google Plus). It was invite-only beta, and those who got in experienced the G+ experience. Google introduced circles – where you can place your friends and family. Sparks was a hashtag-type service that was discontinued later in the year. The biggest part of Google+ is the hangout – ability to video chat with up to 9 others. Other options like instant upload let you organize and share quickly. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 28 1999 – HydraBBS software was released...

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April 29, 2004: Google Files IPO

2004 – Google files the S-1 form with SEC for their IPO. They said they wanted to raise US$2,718,281,828; a Mathematical algorithm based on the day they filed. The form can be found at SEC.gov The stock finally started trading on August 19, 2004 at $85 a share in a unique online auction. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 29 Other Events in the Day in Technology History Apple discontinues Macintosh XL Commodore declares bankruptcy Oracle finalizes their merger of BEA Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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April 1, 2004: Gmail Released Invitation Only Beta

2004 – Google releases their Webmail service in “Gmail” . They release it as an invitation only beta. That would stay in effect until February 7, 2007. Wikazine – Full show notes of Technology History for April 1 Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak incorporate Apple Computer Company Windows Mobile 6.1 released Cyrix vs. Intel Lawsuit settled. Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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March 10, 1988: Uncensored Bulletin Board System Launched

1988- Ignatius T. Foobar launches one of the more interesting and long-lasting Bulletin board systems in the Uncensored BBS. Of course, his name was really Art Cancro, but Ignatius used an Altos 586 running Citadel/UX software. This BBS is still running to this day, even though dial-up access has been discontinued since 2001. Wikazine – Full show notes for March 10 Richard D Kenadek is sentenced in the Davy Jones Locker BBS case Gene Roddenberry’s ashes are launched into space Google releases Android 1.1 Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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September 3, 1995: AuctionWeb (eBay) Founded by Pierre Omidyar

1995 – The online auction site eBay officially was founded on this day by Pierre Omidyar, but it was known back then as “AuctionWeb”. The first auction was for a broken laser pointer. It was sold for $14.83.Makes me wonder how much that laser pointer would be worth if it went back up on the auction block. Since then the company has grown to a juggernaut in the online Auction business. They even have an ebay slot machine. Just like the auction site, I personally didn’t do too well in profiting from it… This Day in Tech History podcast show notes...

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September 1, 2008: Google Chrome “Accidentally” Releases

2008 – It was hailed as a “Mistake” on their blog. With that, Google Chrome is released in Beta on Windows machines. The new browser takes a lot of people by surprise as this was a pretty secretive project – that is, until the comic was released. Google then blogged about it saying: At Google, we have a saying: “launch early and iterate.” While this approach is usually limited to our engineers, it apparently applies to our mailroom as well! As you may have read in the blogosphere, we hit “send” a bit early on a comic book introducing our...

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August 23, 1999: Pyra Labs Launches Blogspot (aka Google Blogger)

Pyra Labs launched a program called “Blogspot” in 1999 that would let people run their own blogs. The program was bought by Google in 2003, and changed to Blogger in 2006.What is most interesting about this tidbit will be that I don’t mention it in the Podcast. It was brought to my attention after the weekend recordings were made. Nonetheless, it is what brought us to a Social Network world of today and needed to be talked about. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 23 IBM New logo Yahoo buys Alibaba.com First professional auction of Atari Memorabilia. Podcast:...

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