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

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April 9, 2012: Facebook buys Instagram

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. This wristwatch was planned to be released June 10, 1998 and cost $285. The Ruputer featured a 16-bit, 3.6 MHz processor and 2 MB of non-volatile storage memory, 128 KB of main memory, a full graphic display, and a small joystick.The Ruputer connects to Windows 95 via infrared, and can download pictures and other simple data. The Ruputer came with three applications. The watch also had an SDK, so you could program in the C programming language.

Seiko discontinued the Ruputer for the OnHand PC.

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  • AMD “Barcelona” Chip
  • smallbusiness.yahoo.com launches
  • Earthlink aquires PeoplePC
  • Jack Trammiel passes away
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March 28, 2000: BeOS Version 5 Maui Launched

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March 28, 2000: Be OS v.5 Maui

2000 – BeOS version 5 was launched. Code named “Maui”, this OS is often cloned for the GUI desktop for GNOME. BeOS went to ver. 5.1 before it was acquired by Palm. There is an Open Source version called “Haiku”.

Wikazine – Full show notes for March 28

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  • Kodak releases the DC40 camera
  • Yahoo launches Yahoo! Photos
  • Windows XP 64 is released


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March 20, 2005: Yahoo Acquires Photo Site Flickr

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March 20, 2005: Yahoo! purchases Flickr

2005- Yahoo acquires Ludicorp and the popular photo sharing site Flickr. No details were released on this purchase. On Yahoo’s blog they outline that Flickr will continue to run as-is, while Yahoo Photos will incorporate some of the ideals into it’s site. The biggest issue from the deal was that Ludicorp was based in Vancouver, therefore when the data transfered to Yahoo servers the week of June 25th, it became subject to US federal law.

Wikazine – Full show notes for March 20

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  • Google Chome adds RSS support
  • 3-COM exit strategy of high-end data networking
  • Apple 20th Anniversary Macintosh (TAM)
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March 9, 1993: PowerOpen Environment

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March 9, 1993: The PowerOpen Environment is formed

1993 – The PowerOpen Association is formed to conform to the PowerOpen environment, which is an open standard for running forms of Unix on PowerPC platforms. Apple, IBM, Motorola are all in on this group.

Wikazine – Full show notes for March 9

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  • IBM 2260
  • Four-millionth domain name
  • Newscorp says no to counter offer on Yahoo
  • 2008 – Sarah Lacy’s SXSW interview with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg
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March 2, 1997: Microsoft Antitrust Activities Hearing

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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

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  • Delphi is first released by Borland
  • Yahoo! is incorporated
  • Napster begins blocking access to one million MP3
  • Steve Jobs announces the iPad2
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February 26, 1991: Introduction of first Web Broswer – WorldWideWeb

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February 26, 1991: Sir Tim Berners Lee Shows the WorldWideWeb via Browser

1991Sir Tim Berners-Lee showed everyone the first web browser and WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) HTML editor. The Browsers’ name was called “WorldWideWeb”, but was later changed to “Nexus”. Berners-Lee ran it on the NeXTSTEP platform and worked with not only the File Transfer Protocol (FTP), but the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP). Nexus is not in production anymore.

Wikazine – Full show notes for February 26

  • 3Com announces they will acquire US Robotics
  • Intel introduces the Pentium III
  • Yahoo launches Buzz
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February 9, 1977: Atari – My First Computer Keyboard

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February 9, 1977: Atari 2600 “My First 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

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February 7, 2000: Mafiaboy DDos on Yahoo, 6 Other Web Sites

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February 7, 2000: Michael Demon Calce – aka Mafiaboy – runs DDos

2000 - 10:15 AM, Mafiaboy – Michael Demon Calce, a 16 year old hacker from Canada – targets 7 sites with a Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDoS). Amazon, Buy.com, CNN, eBay, E*E*Trade, MSN and ZDNet are all affected. Mafiaboy would be sentenced to eight months in a youth detention center for this DDoS.

The project was called Rivolta (riot in Itallian). Yahoo! was his first target.

Calce later said he downloaded the application but didn’t realize he ran it so he went to school. When he came back his computer was crashed and he had no idea what happened.

Wikazine – Full show notes for February 7

  • 1983 – Atari Sues Coleco
  • Gary Kasparov and Deep Junior 7 end in a tie
  • the Cell Processor
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