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The first American patent was issued on this day in 1715. It was for a corn processing technique. Alfred Nobel invented dynamite in 1867. The first football play-by-play was broadcast by WTAW in College Station, Texas in 1920. The general theory of relativity was proven in 1976 by radio signals sent from Viking I on Mars.
- Cell phone number portability went into effect yesterday. So far, so good according the the San Jose Mercury-News. The AP says 100,000 consumers applied on the first day, far fewer than expected. Consumers Union has set up a site, escapeCellHell.com, for tips and complaints.
- Remember when the .13 micron process was a big deal? Now that IBM has announced a .09 micron process for the G5, Intel has gone them one better, demonstrating a .065 micron (65 nanometer) process that puts the equivalent of 10 million transistors on the head of a pin. Expect 65 nm chips from both companies by 2005 if they can solve the leakage problem.
- Eben Moglen, General Counsel for the Free Software Foundation and Columbia University School of Law professor, has released an article that compares SCO to a “shyster” lawyer and calls their claims “irresponsibly inflated.”
- The programmer who created DeCSS to crack DVDs has issued a tool to remove copy protection from Apple’s iTunes AAC encoded songs. The resulting file has no DRM but also lacks header information that makes the song playable.
- SuSE Linux 9 is now available for free download. The company typically waits one month from the commercial release to make a free version available. The servers are currently slammed.
- Apple’s response to the Neistat Brothers’ iPod’s Dirty Secret video: a $99 battery replacement program. Just in time – the iPod was two years old yesterday.
- From Slashdot comes this Tale of the Strange but True: the County of Los Angeles has asked computer vendors to stop referring to hard drives as master and slave as part of their committment “to ensure a work environment that is free from any discriminatory influence be it actual or perceived.”
- Silicon Valley startup financier Gene Kleiner (of Kleiner Perkins) passed away last Thursday at the age of 80. He was instrumental in getting Fairchild Semiconductor off the ground.