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This Week in Tech History: Birth of Two Tech Giants

On this edition of “This Week in Tech History”, we remember the launch of two of the biggest giants in the tech industry. Also, Google launches a new e-mail service.

This week in 1960 – The first U.S. weather satellite was launched. “TIROS I” was put into orbit. The TIROS-1 satellite transmitted the first television picture from space and meteorologists saw the first pictures of a mid-latitude cyclone over the northeastern United States.

1975 – Microsoft was founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

One year later, in 1976 – Apple is formed by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne in Cupertino, California. Shortly afterwards, Ronald Wayne sold his 10 percent stake in Apple, Inc. for $800.

2004 – Google announced a new service to the public. A project that up until then was known by the code name, Caribou. The project’s real name was Gmail, and it quickly became one of the most popular e-mail services around.

And this week in 2010 – Apple Inc. released the first generation iPad, which quickly became to most popular tablet computer.

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Written by Chris Graveline

Chris has covered consumer technology for over 20 years. He is the host of This Week in Tech History as well as a regular co-host on "Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline" and our Technical Director.

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