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April 11, 2009: Susan Boyle Has Talent, YouTube Makes it Viral

2009- Susan Boyle takes the Stage at “Britian’s Got Talent”. A person that most would write-off at first glance, sings “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables. Once she was done, the 48 year-old Scot got a standing ovation. The next day, her audition was posted and became one of the most viral on YouTube. It had been downloaded over 347 million times. Of course, Boyle’s performance has been overshadowed by Gangnam Style… Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 11 Clippy is retired from Microsoft Office John Sculley asks Steve Jobs to step down from Apple Atari...

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April 9, 2012: Facebook Purchased Instagram, 1998:Seiko Debuts Ruputer

2012 – Facebook – trying to get a hold on photosharing – decides to not wait for their iPhone app to come out but instead purchase Instagram for 1 billion dollars ($300 million and 23 million shares of Facebook stock). The reason Facebook made the purchase was for the close to 50 million Instagram users. Facebook had plans to keep both companies separate, but found later that joining the two via databases would help both companies grow.  The companies finalized the deal on September 6, 2012. 1998 - Seiko Instruments introduces the world’s first wrist wearable Personal Computer called the Ruputer....

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April 6, 1968: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Windows 3.1 Released

1968 – 2001: A Space Odyssey actually premiered in Washington DC on April 2nd, New York and Los Angles on April 4th. It was April 6th that was the major theatrical release date for the US. This Stanley Kubrick classic won an Oscar for best visual effects and was nominated for best director, best art direction and best writing , story and screenplay. For any Sci-Fi geek, this is an important movie in the genre. It was also known as “How the Solar System Was Won” and “Journey Beyond the Stars” (working titles). 1992 – At the Spring Comdex in Chicago, IL, Microsoft released...

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April 4, 1975: Happy Anniversary Microsoft

1975- Paul Allen and Bill Gates found Microsoft in Albuquerque, NM. The company was founded there simply because that is where Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS) is located. The duo was building BASIC for the Altair 8800. Wikazine – Full show notes for April 4 The Yorkshire Posse attacks 13 corporate sites Gmail is integrated into Google calendar Mosaic is founded. It would later become Netscape Communications Corp. Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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April 3, 1973: First Cell Phone Call, Microsoft Deemed a Monopoly

1973 – Martin Cooper made the first handheld cellular phone call in public. Walking down the streets of New York, Cooper – the General Manager of Motorola’s communication system division – talked on the phone. It’s not the first cellular call since car phones have been around before then. The phone is also known as the “Brick” cell phone. 2000 – US District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson issues a forty-three page conclusions of law, ruling that Microsofttried to monopolize the web browser market. The next day, Microsoft stock drops 15% as an aftershock. Wikazine – Full show notes for April 2...

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April 2, 1987: IBM PS/2 (80386) Released

1987 – IBM releases a flurry of new items on this day. The most notable was the IBM PS/2 – Their first 80386 system using a 3.5 floppy (720kb or 1.44 MB discs), MFM hard drive, PC-DOS and OS/2. Multiple models were released, including the Model 60 (10 MHz 286 processor) and Model 80 ( 20 MHz 386 processor). Hard drives went up to 115 MB and would cost you $6,995 for the basic model, to $10,995. IBM also introduced the VGA in Model 50, the Multicolor Graphics Array (MCGA), high resolution graphics card for up to 1024×768 in 256...

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March 31, 1993: Term “Spam” Coined

1993 – There is a bug in the Automated Retroactive Minimal Moderation (ARMM) program on a Usenet. It ends out sending 200 copies of a message to news.admin.policy. Joel Furr, a user of the newsgroup, says this is “Spam”. Hence, the term “Spam” is coined. Wikazine – Full show notes of Technology History for March 31 Construction of Harvard Mark I Atari gets a Cease and Desist letter in manufacturing Tetris. Microsoft Bob for Windows is released Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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March 27, 1996: Link Exchange is Created

1996- Tony Hsieh and Sanjay Madin found themselves in a very exciting spot. As the web was starting to grow, they put together a business plan for a powerful advertising cooperative. The result – LinkExchange was born. Of course, LinkExchange was then bought out by Microsoft for $265 million and the rest is history. Wikazine – Full show notes for March 27 TorrentSpy Shuts down 120 MHz Pentium Processor is released Microsoft Excel 4.0 is released Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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