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

YouTube

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.

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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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November 11, 2005: Sony suspends CD copy protection

Sony

Sony

2005 - In an effort to curb piracy, record companies began putting copy protection on the CD’s themselves.  The electronic marking would cause CD’s to error out if they tried to copy. Unfortunately this idea was riddled with problems. Some players couldn’t read the disks, other people would find ways around the copy protection, such as different brand drives. However, it was found that the XCP copy protection standard became a backdoor for hackers as viruses could be introduced through the software.

The announcement came ten days after Sony had secretly put this system on the shelves.

2008 - A bill for $73 million dollars was sent to Microsoft, Google and Carl Icahn. This was for the operation costs (including incremental costs) for outside advertisers to acquire Yahoo!

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  • Remembrance of Veterans on Vetrans Day / WWI Memorial Day
  • IBM 2980 Financial terminal
  • The first OLPC order is placed
  • Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and Icahn debauchery cost $73 million.
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November 5,1999: Microsoft Found to be a Monopoly

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Microsoft Logo

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.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 5

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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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October 31st, 1892: Happy Halloween, Anniversary Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

Happy Halloween! 1892 – Arthur Conan Doyle publishes the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. After Doyle attended medical school, he moved to London, where he practiced medicine and wrote the first Sherlock Holmes story, “A Study in Scarlet”.

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  • IBM OS/2 1.1 released
  • First public version of Sketch
  • Google privatizes Jotspot
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October 13, 1999: Priceline Lawsuit to Microsoft, Expedia

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Priceline Lawsuit to Microsoft

1999- Priceline filed a lawsuit against Microsoft and its Expedia travel service. The suit outlined how they violated U.S. patent number 5,794,207, “Method and Apparatus for a Cryptographically Assisted Network System Designed to Facilitate Buyer-Driven Conditional Purchase Offers.” The two sites come to terms in 2001, in where Microsoft pays a fine.

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  • Microsoft tries to acquire Intuit
  • ATI & NVidia antitrust is closed
  • NBCOlympics.com stats
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October 8, 1991: Apple vs. Apple Settled

Apple

1991- The second lawsuit of Apple vs. Apple was settled: Apple computers vs. Apple records (the Beatles label). The suit was about producing music. Of course there was a fine line between the lawsuit – after all Apple Computers is in the computer business and Apple Records was in the music making business. Nonetheless, the record label felt that Apple computer was starting to infringe on their turf, so they decided to make the attack. This issue went on a few times, later in the form of iTunes and the iPod.

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October 2, 1997: Worldcom outbids BT – Wins MCI Communications

Worldcom

1997- MCI was under a bid to be purchased by British Telecommunications. Worldcom came in and outbid BT to snag up the company. What made this the coup de grace is it would make Worldcom the #2 telecom provider, under AT&T. The $37 Billion dollar merger would finalize on November 10th. Then, September 1998 – MCI Worldcom would officially launch. This all crumbled in 2002 when Worldcom filed for bankruptcy.

 I was an employee of Worldcom and had been since its original namesake LDDS. At the time we were awestruck.

-Bill Bartholomew

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  • Happy Eyebrow Day in honor of Groucho Marx. He was born in 1890
  • Google sued over GMail in Germany
  • Microsoft Jellyfish
  • The Apple/IBM alliance
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September 19, 2011: Netflix Becomes Qwikster,1995: AT&T Acquires NCR

Netflix

Netflix

2011 – Netflix CEO Reed Hastings made one of the biggest blunders of 2011 when he announced not only was the DVD section of Netflix getting a new name, but also that section was up for sale. Qwikster brought a lot of attention rapidly for two reasons – 1. It was close to Amway’s spin-off Quixster, and 2. Qwikster used to be the twitter handle of a pot-smoking Elmo character. Since then, Hastings apologized and the company reeled back the statement. However, it was not before they lost 2/3 of their stock and over 800,000 subscribers. Currently, their stock is at $57 a share (from $295 back in July 2011).

ATT Logo

ATT Logo

1995 – The National Cash Register Company (NCR) Started in 1884 with Point of Sales registers. The company deals in all types of POS, but had financial problems. In 1991, AT&T purchased NCR for $7.4 billion. NCR has been the only AT&T acquisition that retained their original name. on Sept. 20 1995 AT&T would spin NCR back into it’s own company due to the antitrust issues put forward

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 19
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  • NT3.51 SP5 released
  • Ruby 1.6.5 released
  • Apple recalls power supplies
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