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November 5,1999: Microsoft Found to be a Monopoly

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1999 – It was over 12 years that we saw Microsoft go through the Department of Justice over Monopoly issues. US district Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson issued a 207 page Findings of fact on this day. In it, he ruled that Microsoft did have a Monopoly power over the OS in the Intel market. During the week we talked about what leads up to this 207 page ruling.

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  • Aurora SPARC Linux is released
  • Abilene network segment is upgraded to 10 Gbps
  • Google drops the Yahoo - Google deal in pressure from the Justice department
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November 2, 1931: DuPont Introduces DuPrene (Neoprene)

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Neoprene

1931 - E.I. DuPont announces to the world they have come up with a new substance that is a Synthetic rubber called DuPrene. Made from Acetylene, salt and rubber, this combination would eventually be renamed NeoPrine in 1937. The announcement was made at the American Chemical Society in Akron, Ohio.

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  • 2001 – Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Justice reach terms on Antitrust
  • 2002 – DeLi Linux is released
  • 2007 – Lenovo removes IBM label from computers
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June 21: Microsoft to Netscape “Do Not Compete with IE”

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June 21, 1995: Microsoft Sends out a “Do not compete” request to Netscape

1995 - It’s the one event that brought major legal woes to the software giant. Microsoft representatives met with Netscape reps, requesting they do not compete the Netscape Navigator browser with Microsoft’sInternet Explorer. They would, in turn, get a seat on the board of directors. Co-creator Jim Clark turned down the offer, then took the matter to his lawyer. Joel Klein hears the issue and that starts the initial inquiries through the Department of Justice.Further Read: Microsoft on Antitrust

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  • Start of the Summer Solstice
  • Congress Robot Caucus
  • SSEM runs first program
  • Final Cut Pro 10 was released to very negative reviews
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