Computer History - 2006
Major computer events in 2006
jQuery was first introduced on January 26, 2006.
Twttr, now known as Twitter was officially launched on 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 created the article that passed the 1,000,000 article mark.
On August 6, 2006, MySpace announced 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 become officially free on October 1, 2006.
U.S. President George W. Bush signed the USA Patriot Act into law on October 26, 2006. The law gives 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 on December 13, 2006, with the continued growth and success of community-driven websites and content.
New computer products and services introduced in 2006
Google introduced Picasa in 2006.
Google launched Google Calendar in April 2006.
Intel released the Core 2 Duo processor E6320 (4M Cache, 1.86 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB) on April 22, 2006.
Xubuntu was released in June 2006.
BitTorrent Inc. released Cache Discovery Protocol on June 22, 2006.
Hong Jen Lee introduced LXDE in 2006.
Chi Mei Optoelectronics announced the first WQHD LCD in fall of 2006.
The Microsoft XNA tool set was released on August 30, 2006.
Google launched its Custom Search Engine service on October 23, 2006.
On November 14, 2006, Microsoft released its portable Zune media player.
Google introduced patent search on December 13, 2006, which searches over 7 million patents.
Mint Linux was introduced in 2006.
The Prime update was applied to the Haskell Programming language.
Computer companies founded in 2006
Pure Digital Technologies was founded in 2006.
Wix was started in 2006.
Funambol was founded in 2006.
Zotac was founded in 2006.
Computer company events in 2006
Yahoo! announced it would acquire the Webjay music playlist service on January 9, 2006.
McAfee bought SiteAdvisor in 2006.
Dell purchased Alienware on May 8, 2006.
Microsoft acquired Winternals Software on July 18, 2006.
EICON purchased the Media & Signalling Division of Intel in October 2006.
Google acquired JotSpot on October 31, 2006, which later became Google Sites.
Google discontinued its Google Answers service in 2006.
Aspire International changed its name to Apevia in 2006.
Computer-related TV shows released in 2006
The first episode of the IT Crowd was aired on February 3, 2006.
The Belgian documentary Technocalyps was released in May 2006.
Computer pioneer deaths in 2006
Enid Mumford passed away on April 7, 2006 (Age: 82).
Kathleen Antonelli passed away on April 20, 2006 (Age: 85).
Alan Kotok passed away on May 26, 2006 (Age: 65).
William Norris passed away on August 21, 2006 (Age: 95).
Bernard Galler passed away on September 4, 2006 (Age: 78).
Ralph Griswold passed away on October 4, 2006 (Age: 72).
Raymond Noorda passed away on October 9, 2006 (Age: 82).
Alan F. Shugart passed away on December 12, 2006 (Age: 76).