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March 6, 1950: Silly Putty Introduced to Public

1950- Silly Putty – the stretchable goo that picks up print off a newspaper – is introduced. Peter Hodgson first introduced James Wright’s idea by packaging one ounces into a plastic egg. Interesting facts about Silly Putty – It has some adhesive attributes, which can make it a great way to pick up dirt and pet hair. Silly Putty bounces like a ball and will break when given a sharp blow. Silly Putty is also known as Thinking Putty and is made of Silocone Polymer. It was originally created to be a rubber substitute for use in World War II. Wikazine...

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March 2, 1997: Microsoft Antitrust Activities Hearing

1997- US Senator Orrin Hatch holds a hearing on the Antitrust activities of Microsoft. Scott McNealy of Sun Microsystems and Jim Barksdale of Netscape Communications were present to question if Microsoft is intentionally pushing out the Netscape web browser for Internet Explorer. Of course, this would become a long drawn out investigation which almost splits Microsoft into separate companies. Wikazine – Full show notes for March 2 Delphi is first released by Borland Yahoo! is incorporated Napster begins blocking access to one million MP3 Steve Jobs announces the iPad2 Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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February 25, 2002: Gigabyte, Female Hacker of Sharpei, C#

1999 – Microsoft’s newest programming language at the time – C# (pronounced “C-Sharp”) was hacked on this day. The perpetrator was a seventeen year old female hacker from Belgium, calling herself “Gigabyte”. 2002 – Gigabyte posts the source code to the virus on her website. Kim Vanvaeck would be arrested in 2004 for writing the malicious code. The reason why she did it? I want to let people (and especially guys) know there ARE girls out there who like computers and for more than games. I think that’s quite important … for all girls out there who know something about...

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February 17, 2000: Microsoft Windows 2000 Released

2000 – Microsoft released the next version of the Windows Operating system in Windows 2000. Also known at Windows NT 5.0, it was the beginning of merging the NT and 9x versions. Of course, the companion was Windows ME, which didn’t do too well. The end result streamlined the two OS into Windows XP. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 17 Apple QuickTake 100 Camera is released XBox cord recall DTV in the US was suppose to happen today, but was delayed Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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February 9, 1977: Atari – My First Computer Keyboard

1977 – The “My First Computer” was an add-on to the Atari 2600. This device would turn the game console into a full computer. For $90 you could get 8K of RAM (expandable to 32K), 16K ROM and 8K BASIC. The My First Computer was to tap into the Video Console System (VCS) in which over 10 million have been sold. The keyboard would attach to the top of the console – using the cartridge slot. The rubber chicklet keypad would allow you to type using the QWERTY style. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 9 Craig Neidorf (Knight Lightning)...

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February 3, 2009: RAMBUS Patent infringement Postponed Indefinitely

2009 – Judge Ronald M. Whyte of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order indefinitely postponing the coordinated patent-infringement cases filed by RAMBUS against rival memory chip makers. Hynix Semiconductor, Micron Technology, Nanya Technology and Samsung Electronics were plaintiffs on RAMBUS lawsuits. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 3 Apple phases out computers in Best Buy, Circuit City, Office Max and Sears Free-PC will no longer give away Free PCs Microsoft releases Windows XP SP1 Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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February 1, 2008: Microsoft Bids Yahoo, 2012: Facebook Files IPO

2008 – Microsoft officially made a move to put a bid in for Yahoo! They announced a plan of $31 a share, which was 62 percent of premium common stock from Yahoo! This was not the first time Microsoft had made a play for the company, but this was the most covered by press. Yahoo! would eventually decline the offer of Microsoft, claiming they undervalued the company. This would bring Carl Ichan to the forefront which would lead to months of speculation and debate.  Although Yahoo! did not take the bid, they did end up selling the search assets in 2009 under...

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January 31, 1996: Corel Acquired WordPerfect

1996 – Corel not only gets WordPerfect form Novell, but also Quattro Pro for $180 million in stock and cash. Michael Cowpland (Founder of Corel) called WordPerfect the “Pepsi to Microsoft’s Coke”. I guess that was not the case as OpenOffice (RC maybe?) surpassed WordPerfect users.WordPerfect and Corel have been in flux since 2006, when Vector Capital purchased 72% of the company. Just this last year, they bought up the remaining stock and became privately held once again. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 31 Related articles Mistrial in WordPerfect antitrust case against Microsoft (seattletimes.nwsource.com) January 15: Ralph Baer Patents...

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