Today is iTunes’ 10th birthday. The music service has come a long way in its decade of existence.
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They grow up so fast, don’t they? When Jack Dorsey was setting up his twttr, even he probably didn’t expect the service to be this popular, or that he’d become a household name in the process. After seven years, the social network has 200 million active users, pumping out 400 million tweets per day — of which we’d roughly estimate 90 percent of which is people being snarky about the TV show they’re watching. To celebrate, the company has put together a reminicipackage to take you through how Twitter has influenced the world, which we’ve stashed after the break.
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It’s already been a year since the Android Market was renamed Google Play, and the folks in Mountain View are offering up a boatload of free party favors throughout the week to celebrate. Technically, the store’s birthday is March 6th (yes, it’s a Pisces), but Page and Co. have already begun serving up free music downloads, in-game content, TV shows, books, discounts and more. Though the selections vary by country, folks in the US can currently pick up a free tune from LCD Soundsystem, $ 20 in free gift cards through Gyft and a gratis download of Breaking Bad’s pilot episode among other things. Hit the bordering source link to partake in the festivities or head past the jump to catch a video of how some games on the digital storefront are celebrating the occasion.
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Source: Google Play
It may be obvious now, but when Heliocentrism was cooked up by Nicolaus Copernicus, he was branded a heretic. The idea that the Earth orbited the Sun, conceived without the aid of any equipment, would only be proved half a century later, when Galileo built a telescope and pointed it heavenward. Fortunately, ol’ Nick’s contribution hasn’t been forgotten, and so today’s Google Doodle shows the planets all gently orbiting our nearest star.
An anonymous reader writes “Congratulatory tweets and missives pour in to honor @theRealStanLee (nee Stanley Lieber), the Romanian immigrant who created or co-created most of Marvel Comics’ memorable heroes. Lee celebrated his 90th birthday on Friday. Earlier this year, someone posted a collection of Lee’s cameo appearances in Marvel Comics movies, often playing an older gentleman in the crowd (‘Superheroes in New York? Give me a break!’), but watch for the time he plays himself, trying to get past a club bouncer (‘I’m Stan Lee. I should be on that list!’).”
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On December 3rd, 1992 in the little town of Newbury, Berkshire, a UK programmer sent his best mate a few lines of greeting using a unique new technique called Short Messaging Service. The programmer, Neil Papworth, was a test engineer for the Sema Group, and sent the message via PC to the phone of Richard Jarvis, a Vodafone employee. The message was “Merry Christmas.” Vodafone intended the service as a fun and easy way to communicate internally.
Don’t think the festivities surrounding Pong’s 40th are limited to official channels. Sander Veerhof of the Netherlands is marking the occasion in his own way with an augmented reality version built as a Layar plugin. Instead of batting the ball across a TV screen, players play across whole continents: anyone who’s been online recently is fair game as a fresh target, and the camera’s field of view gives a sense of where opponents reside in real life. Games won’t be nearly as fast-paced as you might remember from that classic system from the arcade or living room. However, they’ll still be reminders that people worldwide have a soft spot for the Nolan Bushnell title that arguably started the video game industry — and global Pong sure beats a game of global thermonuclear war.
Microsoft‘s little online gaming service that could – otherwise known as Xbox Live – turns 10 years old today. Launched back on November 15, 2002, which just so happened to be one year after the launch of the original Xbox, it’s safe to say that Xbox Live took the gaming world by storm, despite the
Set phasers to fun! Forty-six years ago this week the science fiction TV show “Star Trek” warped into existence, and today Google celebrated with an interactive doodle tribute.
Google+ is hitting a major milestone this week. Google’s fledgling social networking has hit its first birthday.
A dozen years ago, when I went from techno-dilettante to technophile, one of my living heroes was Jon maddog Hall, the 61-year-old writer for Linux Magazine and an early proponent for free and open source software. Today Jon came out as homosexual in honor of Alan Turing’s 100th birthday. His post on the Linux Magazine website is a stirring piece of writing by a man who has finally decided to stop hiding.
Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking is celebrating his 70th birthday in typically ambitious fashion — with a wide-ranging discussion of the nature of the universe.
Lady Liberty is getting a high-tech uplift for her 125th birthday: Internet-connected cameras on her torch that will let viewers gaze out at New York Harbor or see visitors on the grounds below.
If you’re not a Google+ user, odds are pretty good that your weekend plans don’t involve spending time with the likes of the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The social network will be hosting a Hangout with the two peaceniks as part of the celebration for Tutu’s 80th birthday. The online meeting was planned after South Africa refused to grant a visa to the Tibetan spiritual leader. The Hangout will be a late one for those of us in the Eastern time zone, occurring at 4:30AM, but Google has promised to post the video for those who miss the party.