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April 1, 2004: Gmail Released Invitation Only Beta

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April 1, 2004: Google releases Gmail invitation only

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.

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  • Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak incorporate Apple Computer Company
  • Windows Mobile 6.1 released
  • Cyrix vs. Intel Lawsuit settled.
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March 10, 1988: Uncensored Bulletin Board System Launched

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March 10, 1988: The Uncensored BBS is 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

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  • 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
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November 13, 2006: Google Completed $1.65 billion YouTube Aquisition

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2006 – In February 142005, 3 former Paypal employees started a website that let you upload and share your video. YouTube brought a new idea of putting your creations on the internet. However, their creation got very popular. It cost a lot of money to run and the company couldn’t keep up with costs. Enter: Google. They purchased the site from the founders for $1.65 billion on October 9. Today marked the completion of this acquisition.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 13

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  • 2007 – New York Times tears down their Walled Garden for Ad- supported content.
  • 1990 – Tim Bernes-Lee launched the first Web Page
  • 1989 – The first Make Money Fast scheme is uploaded to Usenet
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September 3, 1995: AuctionWeb (eBay) Founded by Pierre Omidyar

eBay

eBay

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 for September 3

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  • Lotus ships “Lotus 1-2-3″
  • HP acquires Compaq
  • Hubble photographs HUDF
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September 1, 2008: Google Chrome “Accidentally” Releases

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Chrome

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 new open source browser, Google Chrome. As we believe in access to information for everyone, we’ve now made the comic publicly available — you can find it here. We will be launching the beta version of Google Chrome tomorrow in more than 100 countries.

So why are we launching Google Chrome? Because we believe we can add value for users and, at the same time, help drive innovation on the web.

The browser was suppose to be announced on Sept 3rd. The download was available to the general public on Sept 2nd.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 1

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  • IPv4 is officially released in 1981.
  • The iMac G3 begins shipping
  • IBM announces Copper based processors
  • The first meeting of the “Virtual Library” project is held
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August 23, 1999: Pyra Labs Launches Blogspot (aka Google Blogger)

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Blogspot

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.

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  • IBM New logo
  • Yahoo buys Alibaba.com
  • First professional auction of Atari Memorabilia.
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July 26: Google Fiber Launched, Napster Injunction Issued

2012 – Google ran a contest for people to tell them why they should have fiber installed in their city. After millions of entries and a lot of interesting videos trying to convince the judges, Google decided that Kansas City KS would be the first fiber city. On this same day, Google also showed off Fiber TV service.

Napster

Napster

2000 – The Recording Industry Association of America was after Napster ever since the site came on-line. It was the promotion of illegally searching and downloading music and sometimes video. in 2000, Judge Marilyn Hall Patel issued a preliminary injunction against Napster, ordering the company to cease operation by July 28th.

The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals would stay the injunction and raise questions to judge Patel and the injunction.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 26

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  • Cyrix and Texas Instruments part ways
  • The auction of Quokka.com assets
  • The GoogleDigg acquisition talks were reported to have fallen through.
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June 28: Google Plus (Google+) Announced

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Google+ (Google Plus) 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
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  • 1999 – HydraBBS software was released
  • Williamette – a.k.a. Pentium 4 – is announced
  • AMD files antitrust suit against Intel
  • Motorola introduces the 16 MHz 68020 processor
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