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November 17, 2008: Jerry Yang Stepped down as Yahoo! CEO

Jerry Yang

2008 – After battle upon battle between Microsoft, Google and shareholders (including Carl Icahn), Jerry Yang finally announced to all he was stepping down as CEO of Yahoo! The previous days, Steve Ballmer said they are not going forward with any future purchase of Yahoo! Because of this, stock hit it’s lowest share price, $8. That, the failed Google affiliation (due to antitrust issues), and a very despondent group of investors, Jerry felt it best to step back in his roll.

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  • USB 3.0 Specification is released
  • Apple vs. Carl Sagan
  • Veronica is released
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November 1, 1995: IBM PCjr, Pentium Pro Introduced

Intel Pentium Pro

Intel announced in 1995 the next generation processor – the Pentium Pro. Unlike the Pentium, the Pentium Pro was a chip designed for 32-bit architecture, so Windows 95 and Windows NT could run true.  The processor ran between 150-200 MHz, with a bus speed of 60 MHz (for 150 or 180 MHz processor) or 66MHz (for 166 or 200 MHz processor). The processor used a .35 micron process and prices started at $974 to $1989.

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  • 2008 – Novell Open SUSE Community elected board
  • 1996 – DEC sues AltaVista
  • 1983 – The IBM PCjr is released
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July 29: Yahoo Search Sold to Microsoft

Yahoo!

July 29, 2009: Yahoo! sells search assets to Microsoft

We dealt with the big buyout bid fight between Microsoft and Yahoo back in 2008. Of course, the outcome was that Yahoo’s CEO Jerry Yang stepped down and Carol Bartz took the reigns. However, Carol did make a bold move in 2009 as she agreed to a deal with Steve Ballmer. Microsoft would get Yahoo Search engine technologies and create a search engine for Yahoo. In return, Yahoo would handle advertising for premium search advertisers. This was a ten year deal.BTW – Recent news stated that Yahoo.jp is using Google in Japan. While it did put a snag in the agreement this week, Yahoo Japan Chief Exec. Masahiro Inoue said Microsoft didn’t localize the service in Japan, therefore, they went with Google.

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  • WindowsNT 4.0 RTM is released
  • 100-nanosecond 64 kbit DRAM
  • Sirius and XM finish their merger
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June 11: Steve Ballmer Joins Microsoft

Steve Ballmer

June 11, 1980: Steve Ballmer is hired as Microsoft’s first Business Manager

1980 - Otherwise known as “The 24th Man” (to join Microsoft, that is), Steve Ballmer came on as Microsoft’s first Business Manager. He made only $50k and stock options. Of course 30 years later, Steve succeeded Bill Gates as CEO of the Redmond based software company.

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  • First Cameraphone picture

    First Cameraphone picture

    Speak and Spell debuts

  • Compaq purchases DEC for $9 million
  • The first cameraphone photo – Philippe Kahn taking a picture of his newborn daughter
  • Apple releases Safari for Windows
  • 1st generation iPhone gets put on the Obsolete list
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