Computer history - 2009

Updated: 01/31/2023 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 2009

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A person under the fake name of Satoshi Nakamoto introduced the Internet currency bitcoin on January 3, 2009.

Other computer events in 2009

In January 2009, the UK based site announces that 4.5 million people's demographic information was obtained by hackers.

Maksym Yastremski was sentenced to 30 years in a Turkish prison on January 8, 2009, for his involvement in computer hacking and selling stolen credit and debit cards.

The Moonshot Factory began development on the Waymo project on January 17, 2009.

On March 11, 2009, Foursquare launched its mobile application at SXSW Interactive, garnering acclaim and massive buzz.

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The Kickstarter service and website start on April 28, 2009.

Microsoft publicly released its Bing search engine on June 3, 2009.

The analog TV signal began to be phased out as broadcasts moved to high-definition on June 12, 2009.

Michael Jackson passed away on 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.

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After more than five years in beta, Gmail was formally released on July 7, 2009.

On July 29, 2009, Yahoo! and Microsoft announced a 10-year search deal where the Yahoo! search would be replaced by Bing.

Apple removed support for AppleTalk on August 28, 2009, with its introduction of macOS X v10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). This was also the first version of macOS that did not support PowerPC processors.

The SATA-IO (Serial ATA International Organization) announced Mini-SATA technology on September 21, 2009.

Steve Jobs was named CEO of the decade by Fortune Magazine on November 5, 2009.

USB 3.0 began being released in November 2009.

Palm introduced WebOS.

BlackBerry purchased the QNX operating system to create a new mobile platform later known as BlackBerry 10.

Cassandra migrates from Facebook to Apache as an Apache Incubator project.

Facebook overtakes MySpace in Internet traffic.

TPM was established in 2009 as the international standard for designing a secure cryptoprocessor.

In 2009, several cryptographers exploited an aspect of the Rijndael encryption algorithm, known as its key schedule, to make an attack against more efficient than a brute force attack.

The California-based software and virtualization company BlueStacks was formed in 2009.

Blackmagic Design acquired da Vinci Systems and its video editing software, DaVinci Resolve in 2009.

In 2009, Underwriters Laboratories published UL 1449, a standard which defines how surge protectors should be used safely.

Tumblr's success earned David Karp recognition as the Best Young Tech Entrepreneur by BusinessWeek in 2009.

New computer products and services introduced in 2009

AMD released the first Phenom II X4 (quad-core) processors (6 M cache, 2.5 to 3.7 GHz, 1066 MHZ or 1333 MHz FSB) on January 8, 2009.

Intel released the Core 2 Duo processor E7500 (3 M cache, 2.93 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB) on January 18, 2009.

AMD released the Socket AM3 architecture in February 2009.

Google released Google Latitude for iOS and Android on February 5, 2009.

AMD released the first Phenom II X3 (triple-core) processors (6 MB cache, 2.5 to 3.0 GHz, 1066 MHZ or 1333 MHz FSB) on February 9, 2009.

Google voice, based on GrandCentral, was launched on March 11, 2009.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 was introduced on March 19, 2009.

Blizzard released its revamped client on March 20, 2009.

Intel released the Core 2 Quad processor Q8400 (4 MB cache, 2.67 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB) in April 2009.

Android version 1.5 (Cupcake) was released on April 27, 2009.

Minecraft game scene

The Minecraft game was released on May 17, 2009, and was first made available as early access.

VMware vSphere was officially released on May 21, 2009.

Intel released the Core 2 Duo processor E7600 (3 MB cache, 3.06 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB) on May 31, 2009.

AMD released the first Athlon II X2 (dual-core) processors (1024 KB L2 cache, 1.6 to 3.5 GHz, 1066 MHZ or 1333 MHz FSB) in June 2009.

AMD released the first Phenom II X2 (dual-core) processors (6 MB cache, 3.0 to 3.5 GHz, 1066 MHZ or 1333 MHz FSB) on June 1, 2009.

Microsoft launched the Bing search engine on June 3, 2009.

Apple introduced macOS X 10.6, code-named Snow Leopard, at the WWDC on June 8, 2009.

Apple released the iPhone 3Gs (s for successor) on June 19, 2009.

Zynga launched its most successful game, Farmville, on June 19, 2009.

AMD released the first Athlon II X4 (quad-core) processors (512 KB L2 cache, 2.2 to 3.1 GHz, 1066 MHZ or 1333 MHz FSB) in September 2009.

Intel released the first Core i5 desktop processor with two cores, the i5-750 (8 MB cache, 2.67 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB), on September 8, 2009.

Android version 1.6 (Donut) was released on September 15, 2009.

Microsoft released Virtual PC on September 19, 2009.

Microsoft Security Essentials or MSE

Microsoft released MSE on September 30, 2009.

AMD released the first Athlon II X3 (triple core) processors (512 KB L2 cache, 2.2 to 3.4 GHz, 1066 MHZ or 1333 MHz FSB) in October 2009.

Microsoft released Windows 7 on October 22, 2009.

Android version 2.0 (Eclair) was released on October 29, 2009.

The first version of MariaDB was released on October 29, 2009.

Borderlands was released for the PC on October 26, 2009, and for the Mac on December 3, 2010. A role-playing FPS game, Borderlands is a near instant hit, selling over two million copies by December 2009 and as of August 2011, over 4.5 million copies are sold. IGN includes the game in its list of Top 100 Modern Video Games in late 2011.

The site Chatroulette was launched in November 2009.

Google announced the Google Chrome OS on July 7, 2009. Google later made it an open source project under the name Chromium on November 19, 2009.

The first Barnes & Noble Nook was released on November 30, 2009.

The first LTE service was made available by TeliaSonera in Oslo, Norway and Stockholm, Sweden in December 2009.

AdBlock was introduced for the Google Chrome Internet browser.

Bandicam was released in 2009.

ExpressVPN was introduced in 2009.

Google Goggles was released in 2009. The app would later be replaced by Google Lens.

Probook was introduced by Hewlett-Packard.

The Ubuntu-based operating system Zorin was released.

Google introduced their Go programing language to the public.

The first Hacker Dojo was held in 2009.

Imgur was founded by Alan Schaaf in 2009 while he was a computer science student at Ohio University.

Iomega introduced the Iomega REV drive in 2009.

Node.js was first released in 2009.

Nook was first released in 2009.

Omegle came online in 2009.

A commercial version of Plex is forked and Plex, Inc. is formed.

A Tasmanian devil named Tuz wearing a fake penguin beak was named as the brand character for Linux kernel 2.6.29. The character was created to help promote the support effort to save the Tasmanian devil from extinction.

Redis was first released in 2009.

X was forked to Xorg in 2009.

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift was released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in 2009.

Ubisoft released Ubisoft Connect in 2009.

Dell released the Studio XPS 9000, XPS 430, XPS 625, Studio XPS 13, and Studio XPS 16 in 2009.

Discontinued products and services in 2009

April 2009, Microsoft announced that it was discontinuing Microsoft Agent.

Computer Hope discontinues Zero chatbot in 2009 to be replaced by Hopebot.

Ircle was discontinued in 2009.

Computer companies founded in 2009

The company Uber was founded in March 2009.

Jack Dorsey and Jim McKelvey create Square, Inc. in May 2009.

Garena was founded in May 2009 by Forrest Li.

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Quora was founded in June 2009.

Klout was founded by Joe Fernandez and Binh Tran in September 2009.

Dwolla was founded in December 2009.

GlobalFoundries was founded in 2009.

Venmo is created in 2009 by Iqram Magdon-Ismail and Andrew Kortina.

WeTransfer launched in 2009.

Computer company events in 2009

Nortel Networks Inc. ("NNI") and fourteen of its subsidiaries filed for bankruptcy on January 14, 2009.

AMD breaks off its manufacturing and forms GlobalFoundries on March 4, 2009.

Cisco purchased Pure Digital Technologies in March 2009.

Fujitsu Siemens Computers became Fujitsu Technology Solutions on April 1, 2009.

Square Enix purchased Eidos on April 22, 2009.

Soyo completed its bankruptcy and ceased operations on May 5, 2009.

In June 2009, Borland was acquired by Micro Focus.

On June 29, 2009, the acquisition of Tundra by IDT was finalized.

CompuServe shut down on July 1, 2009.

Macrovision renamed to Rovi Corporation on July 16, 2009. announced it would be acquiring in a deal valued at approximately $1.2 billion on July 22, 2009.

TrekStor is purchased in July 2009 by Hong-Kong-based Telefield International Holdings Limited.

Novafora went out of business in August 2009.

Xerox announced on September 28, 2009 it would be acquiring Affiliated Computer Services.

WebMediaBrands was later acquired by QuinStreet for $18 million on November 30, 2009.

Rocket Software acquired Folio and NXT from Microsoft on December 2, 2009.

Panasonic completed its acquisition of Sanyo and made it a subsidiary on December 21, 2009.

Universal ABIT cease to exist on January 1, 2009.

Avalon Interactive ceased operation in 2009.

3D Labs is acquired by Creative Technology and became ZiiLABS.

Everex shut down in 2009.

Google announced plans to acquire reCAPATCHA.

Hamachi was purchased by LogMeIn in 2009.

Shutterstock acquired Bigstock in 2009.

TallyGenicom is acquired by Printronix.

In 2009, Triton Digital acquired Spacial and is now a part of the Triton Digital family of companies.

Computer pioneer deaths in 2009

Mikhail Donskoy

Mikhail Donskoy passed away on January 13, 2009 (Age: 61).

Robert Barton passed away on January 28, 2009 (Age: 83).

Peter Landin passed away on June 3, 2009 (Age: 78).

Russel Ackoff passed away on October 29, 2009 (Age: 90).

Amir Pnueli passed away on November 2, 2009 (Age: 68).

Andrew Booth passed away on November 29, 2009 (Age: 91).

Alexander L'vovich Brudno passed away on December 1, 2009 (Age: 91).

Borje Langefors passed away on December 13, 2009 (Age: 94).

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