The new Netscape browser is released, Linux is released to the world, Compaq unveil their new handheld computer and Microsoft loses its appeal in the EU. All on today’s On This Day from TEST Huddle.
1995 – Netscape Browser Version 2.0
Version 2.0 of the Netscape Communications web browser is released. The new version of the Netscape browser version features support for Java applets and a full mail reader called Netscape Mail. These new features bring Netscape into the realm of a Internet suite for the first time. Both the browser and the suite will be known as Netscape Navigator. AOL will soon begin bundling their software with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer to compete.
1998 – Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is established
In California, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is formed. The organisation is designed as a non-profit corporation to oversee a number of Internet-related tasks previously performed directly on behalf of the U.S. Government. ICANN main role is now concerned with the Internet’s global Domain Name System, including policy for the DNS system, introduction of new generic top-level domains (TLDs), and the operation of root name servers. The numbering facilities ICANN manages include the Internet Protocol address spaces for IPv4 and IPv6, and assignment of address blocks to regional Internet registries. ICANN also maintains registries of Internet protocol identifiers.
2007 – Online property boom
The purchase of Club NEVERDIE by Jon Jacobs (aka “NEVERDIE” ) for $100,000 inside the Entropia Universe is entered into the 2008 Guinness World Records book for the “Most Expensive Virtual World Object. Jacobs would hold on to maek Club NEVERDIE a success with making the desination a must-visit which included many bio-domes, a night club, stadium and a mall. Jacobs made a profit on his investment as other players would spend real cash on virtual goods and services at the Club. He sold the property in pieces in 2010. Read more about it here.
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