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This Week in Tech History: Birth of Yahoo!

A new invention saves the telephone, A popular search engine is born and Nintendo makes a comeback… It all happened This Week in Tech History.

1877 – Emile Berliner, the man behind so many inventions, came up with a thing called the microphone. Good thing, too, because the Bell System — run by Alexander Graham Bell, of course — was in desperate need of something to save it from financial ruin and to help the progress of the telephone.

1983 – After only being available in Japan, Compact discs and players are released for the first time in the United States and other markets.

in 1995 – Yahoo! Was officially incorporated. The company actually began about a year earlier, when founders Jerry Yang and David Filo, who were electrical engineering graduate students at Stanford University, created a website named “Jerry and David’s guide to the World Wide Web”.

2004 – NASA scientists reported that the Mars rover Opportunity had discovered evidence that water was once present on the surface the red planet.

And this week in 2017 – The Nintendo Switch console was released to the public in most regions by Nintendo and was a huge success. The concept of the Switch came about as Nintendo’s reaction to several quarters of financial losses, attributed to poor sales of its previous console, the Wii U.

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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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