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This Week in Tech History: Invention of Microphone and Birth of Yahoo!

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TypewriterThis week in 1873 – E. Remington and Sons of Ilion, NY began the manufacturing of the first practical typewriter. The strong as steel, heavy black clunkers became instant fixtures in offices across the country. It would be another half-century before electric typewriters made their appearance.

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 berliner microphoneBell, of course — was in desperate need of something to save it from financial ruin and to help the progress of the telephone. So, the Bell Labs came up with a compact way to put Mr. Berliner’s microphone on a wooden box, a crank, an earpiece, a cradle hook for the earpiece and some wires and called it the telephone

1885 – The American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T) was incorporated in New York State as the subsidiary of American Bell Telephone.

yahooin 1954 – The first color television sets using the NTSC standard are offered for sale to the general public.

And this week in 1995 – Yahoo! was incorporated. The company was actually started a year earlier and was known as Jerry and David’s guide to the World Wide Web.

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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