Computer History - 2006
Major computer events in 2006
jQuery is first introduced in January 26, 2006.
Twttr, now known as Twitter is officially launched July 15, 2006.
Other computer events in 2006
On January 27, 2006 Western Union in the United States discontinued all telegram and commercial messaging services.
On March 2, 2006 Wikipedia volunteers create the article that passes the 1,000,000 article mark.
On August 6, 2006 MySpace announces its 106 millionth account was created.
The Walt Disney Company purchases Pixar for $7.4 billion and makes Steve Jobs Disney's largest shareholder.
Skype announced that it had over 100 million registered users.
The GIF standard and pictures becomes officially free on October 1, 2006.
U.S. President George W. Bush signs the USA Patriot Act into law October 26, 2006, giving law enforcement reduced restrictions on searching telephone, e-mail, and other forms of communication and records.
TIME magazine names "You" as the person of the year December 13, 2006, with the continued growth and success of community driven websites and content.
New computer products and services introduced in 2006
Google introduces Picasa.
Google launches Google Calendar in April 2006.
Intel releases the Core 2 Duo processor E6320 (4M Cache, 1.86 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB) April 22, 2006.
Xubuntu is released in June of 2006.
BitTorrent Inc. releases Cache Discovery Protocol on June 22, 2006.
Hong Jen Lee introduces LXDE in 2006.
Chi Mei Optoelectronics announces the first WQHD LCD display in fall of 2006.
Intel introduces the Intel Core 2 Duo processors for the laptop computer with the Core 2 Duo processor T5500 (2M Cache, 1.67 GHz, 667 MHz FSB), as well as other Core 2 Duo T series processors, in August 2006.
AMD introduces the Socket F CPU socket August 15, 2006.
The Microsoft XNA tool set is released August 30, 2006.
Google launches its Custom Search Engine service October 23, 2006.
On November 14, 2006 Microsoft released its portable Zune media player.
Nintendo releases the Wii November 19, 2006.
Google introduces patent search December 13, 2006, which searches over 7 million patents.
Mint Linux is introduced.
The Prime update is applied to the Haskell Programming language.
Computer companies founded in 2006
Pure Digital Technologies is founded.
Wix is started in 2006.
Funambol is founded.
Zotac is founded.
Computer company events in 2006
Yahoo! announces it will acquire the Webjay music playlist service January 9, 2006.
McAfee buys SiteAdvisor.
Dell purchases Alienware May 8, 2006.
Microsoft acquires Winternals Software on July 18, 2006.
EICON purchased the Media & Signalling Division of Intel in October of 2006.
Google acquires JotSpot October 31, 2006, which later becomes Google Sites.
Google discontinues its Google Answers service.
Aspire International changes its name to Apevia.
Computer related TV shows released in 2006
The first episode of the IT Crowd is aired February 3, 2006.
The Belgian documentary Technocalyps is released in May 2006.
Computer pioneer deaths in 2006
Enid Mumford passes away April 7, 2006 (Age: 82)
Kathleen Antonelli passes away April 20, 2006 (Age: 85)
Alan Kotok passes away May 26, 2006 (Age: 65)
William Norris passes away August 21, 2006 (Age: 95)
Bernard Galler passes away September 4, 2006 (Age: 78)
Ralph Griswold passes away October 4, 2006 (Age:72)
Raymond Noorda passes away October 9, 2006 (Age:82)
Alan F. Shugart passes away December 12, 2006 (Age: 76)