Computer History - 2009
Major computer events in 2009
A person under the fake name of Satoshi Nakamoto introduces the Internet currency Bitcoin January 3, 2009.
Other computer events in 2009
Maksym Yastremski is sentenced to 30 years in a Turkish prison January 8, 2009 for his involvement in computer hacking and selling stolen credit and debit cards.
In January 2009 the UK based site monster.co.uk announces that 4.5 million people's demographic information was obtained by hackers.
TPM is established as the international standard for designing a secure cryptoprocessor.
The Kickstarter service and website are started April 28, 2009.
The analog TV signal begins to be phased out as broadcasts moved to high-definition on June 12, 2009.
Michael Jackson passes away June 25, 2009. The news of his death causes many of the biggest sites on the Internet to crash. Also, Google believed it is under a DDoS attack resulting in a block on all searches relating to Michael Jackson for 30 minutes.
After more than five years in beta, Gmail finally gets out of beta July 7, 2009.
Google announces the Google Chrome OS July 7, 2009.
The Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO) announces Mini-SATA technology on September 21, 2009.
Steve Jobs is named CEO of the decade by Fortune Magazine November 5, 2009.
USB 3.0 begins being released in November of 2009.
Palm introduces WebOS.
New computer products and services introduced in 2009
The Ubuntu-based operating system Zorin is released.
Google introduces their Go programing language to the public.
AMD releases the first Phenom II X4 (quad core) processors (6M Cache, 2.5 to 3.7 GHz, 1066 MHZ or 1333 MHz FSB) on January 8, 2009.
Intel releases the Core 2 Duo processor E7500 (3M Cache, 2.93 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB) on January 18, 2009.
AMD releases the first Phenom II X3 (triple core) processors (6M Cache, 2.5 to 3.0 GHz, 1066 MHZ or 1333 MHz FSB) on February 9, 2009.
The company Uber is founded in March of 2009.
Google voice, based on GrandCentral, is launched March 11, 2009.
Intel releases the Core 2 Quad processor Q8400 (4M Cache, 2.67 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB) in April of 2009
Android version 1.5 (Cupcake) is released April 27, 2009.
The Minecraft game is released.
Intel releases the Core 2 Duo processor E7600 (3M Cache, 3.06 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB) May 31, 2009.
AMD releases the first Phenom II X2 (dual core) processors (6M Cache, 3.0 to 3.5 GHz, 1066 MHZ or 1333 MHz FSB) on June 1, 2009.
Zynga launches its most successful game, Farmville, in June of 2009.
Android version 1.6 (Donut) is released September 15, 2009.
Android version 2.0 (Eclair) is released on October 29, 2009.
The site Chatroulette is launched in November of 2009.
Google releases the Chrome OS as open source with the name Chromium OS on November 19, 2009.
The first Barnes & Noble Nook is released on November 30, 2009.
The first LTE service was made available by TeliaSonera in Oslo, Norway and Stockholm, Sweden in December 2009.
Redis is first released in 2009.
X is forked to Xorg.
Computer companies founded in 2009
Quora is founded in June of 2009.
Klout is founded by Joe Fernandez and Binh Tran in September 2009.
Dwolla is founded in December of 2009.
Computer company events in 2009
In June 2009, Borland was acquired by Micro Focus.
CompuServe shuts down July 1, 2009.
Macrovision renamed to Rovi Corporation in July 16, 2009.
Amazon.com announces on July 22, 2009 it will be acquiring Zappos.com in a deal valued at approximately $1.2 billion.
Everex shuts down.
TallyGenicom is acquired by Printronix.
Computer pioneer deaths in 2009
Mikhail Donskoy passes away January 13, 2009 (Age: 61)
Robert Barton passes away January 28, 2009 (Age: 83)
Peter Landin passes away June 3, 2009 (Age: 78)
Russel Ackoff passes away October 29, 2009 (Age: 90)
Amir Pnueli passes away November 2, 2009 (Age: 68)
Andrew Booth passes away November 29, 2009 (Age: 91)
Alexander L'vovich Brudno passes away December 1, 2009 (Age: 91)
Borje Langefors passes away December 13, 2009 (Age: 94)