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This Week in Tech History: The First Etch-A-Sketch and the Birth of Twitter

On this edition of "This Week in Tech History", Chris brings us back to when the iconic Etch-A-Sketch went on sale. He also tells us of the birth of one of the most popular social media platforms ever.

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His Masters VoiceThis week in 1900 – One of the most famous trademarks in the world, ‘His Master’s Voice’, was registered with the U.S. Patent Office. The logo of the Victor Talking Machine Company, and later, RCA Victor, shows the dog, Nipper, looking into the horn of a gramophone machine. If you ask me, Nipper looks pretty good for being 116 Etch a sketchyears old.

1960 – The first Etch-A-Sketch went on sale. Over 50 million units were sold during the next 25 years.

1965 – The “Mariner IV” spacecraft sent back the first close-up pictures of the planet Mars.

2003 – AOL Time Warner disbands Netscape. The Mozilla Foundation is established on the same day.

341px-Twitter_logo.svgAnd this week in 2006 – Twitter was launched, becoming one of the largest social media platforms in the world. Happy 10th birthday to Twitter!

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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