Back In Time – Tech History June-July-August 2007

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June 2007  Federal authorities arrest Robert Alan Soloway – who lived in Puget Sound – for four years of spam on the Internet and e-mail…

Google is in court – arguing that a 2002 consent decree requiring Microsoft to ensure its rivals can build products that run smoothly on Windows – isn’t happening – and Vista is the target. At particular issue – is a desktop feature that competes with a free program Google introduced in 2004. Google says that Microsoft had made it too complicated to turn off vista’s built-in desktop-search vehicle…

iphone launch 200 tech history garywestiPhone is here – Apple considers its iPhone its biggest product launch since the Mac back in 1984 and if the lines are any indication – they’re right. They’ve already sold some 100 million iPods. They closed all 164 Apple stores on Friday to prepare for sale of the iPhone, which began 4 hours later (Friday) and the lines were huge… 

Ebay says it plans to resume advertising through Google but would increase its reliance on other services. It canceled all Google ads this month in protest of the web search company’s bid to woo Ebay customers to a rival payment system called Google Checkout. Ebay owns rival PayPal…

Radio giant Clear Channel agrees to use the new people meter from Arbitron in the top 50 U.S. markets. It’s a pager-like device that detects audio codes embedded in radio broadcasts and the ratings results are more detailed than the older diary system…

Blockbuster – the video rental giant – says it will expand the availability of Blu-ray DVD’s to more stores…  Thousands of websites will drop their music streaming after substantially higher royalty rates kick in next month. Internet operators are hoping a federal court will grant an emergency stay…

MySpace says it plans to expand its video with a new site that combines amateur and professional material…

Ebay says it plans to resume advertising through Google but would increase its reliance on other services. It canceled all Google ads this month in protest of the web search company’s bid to woo Ebay customers to a rival payment system called Google Checkout. Ebay owns rival PayPal.

July 2007  – Warranty extension – Troubled by an unacceptable number of malfunctions in its Xbox 360 – Microsoft says that ht has set aside more than $1 billion to take care of customers who suffered from the “three flashing red light” error messages….

iPhone problems – activation and insufficient tech aid to name two…

A federal appeal panel declines to delay a substantial increase in royalties that Internet radio stations must pay for playing music and the big rates could take effect on Sunday if nothing else is done. Some small radio stations already have stopped broadcasting to avoid accruing royalty payments because the rate hike is retroactive to Jan 1, 2006. The Copyright Royalty Board – an obscure group of federal judges, set the new rates in March, eliminating a provision that allowed small webcasters to apply 10% to 12% of their revenue instead of a set per-song fee of .0762 of a cent each time a song is played….

But wait – SoundExchange – the organization that collect royalties for musicians and record companies – say they wouldn’t seek immediate payment of the higher rates. Many of these Internet radio station say the hike would have put them out of business…

Google plans to offer Internet search service through a web portal that spring Nextel Corp is developing for its WiMax high-speed wireless service. The agreement is Google’s closest alliance with a major U.S. mobile service provider…

Apple says consumers snapped up a record 1.76 million Macintosh computers during Apple’s fiscal third quarter – up 33% from a year earlier. This outpaced the industry – which was at 12%….

Activision is hot stuff with its Guitar Hero and is #1 in video game sales because of it – with $397.8 million in sales of games for consoles and hand held game players from Jan. through June

Google wants to buy a chunk of radio airwaves for high-speed data – as it readies to bid in an upcoming federal action of spectrum… EBay Inc tops earnings expectations as second-quarter profit surges 50%.

August 2007 – Google street-level maps keep growing and growing. It’s done the old fashioned way – Google has hired a bevy people with cars and trucks – with cameras mounted atop – as they race up streets, highways and byways to record a street view. The result – close-up views of homes, shops and public places. Google’s Street-View program is part of Google’s effort to organize al the world’s information – including visual data about our planet…

Apple introduces a line of iMac computers that are thinner and faster than their predecessors. The computers come with new software for storage and editing video and photos. “The new iMac. You can’t be too thin. Or too powerful” is the new slogan…

Comscore Inc. which gives information on the habits o Web users, changes its method of measuring Internet searches to include queries sent to.  Under the new system, Google’s share rises to 55.2%, from 46.2% a year earlier. Yahoo’s share fell to 23.5% from 29.8%. Microsoft’s MSN engine had 12.3% of queries in July, compared to 12.4% a year ago…

Sony Corp is shuttering its Connect digital music store and opening its portable media players to other formats. Sony’s NWZ-A810 and NWZ-S610 can play videos and display photographs – much like iPods… 

Yahoo introduces features for its Web-based e-mail program, including software that allows computer users to type text messages on a keyboard and send them directly to someone cellphone…

A 17-year-old hacker has broken the lock that ties Apple’s iPhone to AT&T’s wireless network, freeing the most hyped cellphone ever for use on the networks of other carriers. George Hotz of NJ says he is now using his iPhone on T-Mobile’s network… Monster.com says that 1.3 million users had personal information stolen by criminals who hacked into a job placement website.

Research Compiled By Tech Historian Gary West

 

 

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Historian Gary West built his first website in 1998 with www.pophistorynow.com. That addressed now forwards to www.mrpopculture.com - an amazing pop culture/news database with 25,000 pages, covering the years 1955-2014. He's also the author of www.technologynewstimeline.com - covering consumer technology from 1952 to the present. West has been a contributor to numerous books, radio-TV shows, CNN & USA Today & the History Channel.

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