Computer history - 2009
Major computer events in 2009
A person under the fake name of Satoshi Nakamoto introduced the Internet currency bitcoin on January 3, 2009.
Other computer events in 2009
In January 2009, the UK based site monster.co.uk announces that 4.5 million people's demographic information was obtained by hackers.
Maksym Yastremski was sentenced to 30 years in a Turkish prison on January 8, 2009, for his involvement in computer hacking and selling stolen credit and debit cards.
On March 11, 2009, Foursquare launched its mobile application at SXSW Interactive, garnering acclaim and massive buzz.
The Kickstarter service and website start on April 28, 2009.
The analog TV signal began to be phased out as broadcasts moved to high-definition on June 12, 2009.
Michael Jackson passed away on June 25, 2009. The news of his death causes many of the biggest sites on the Internet to crash. Also, Google believed it is under a DDoS attack resulting in a block on all searches relating to Michael Jackson for 30 minutes.
After more than five years in beta, Gmail was formally released on July 7, 2009.
The SATA-IO (Serial ATA International Organization) announced Mini-SATA technology on September 21, 2009.
Steve Jobs was named CEO of the decade by Fortune Magazine on November 5, 2009.
USB 3.0 began being released in November 2009.
Palm introduced WebOS.
TPM was established in 2009 as the international standard for designing a secure cryptoprocessor.
New computer products and services introduced in 2009
Intel released the Core 2 Duo processor E7500 (3 M cache, 2.93 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB) on January 18, 2009.
AMD released the first Phenom II X3 (triple-core) processors (6 MB cache, 2.5 to 3.0 GHz, 1066 MHZ or 1333 MHz FSB) on February 9, 2009.
Google voice, based on GrandCentral, was launched on March 11, 2009.
Intel released the Core 2 Quad processor Q8400 (4 MB cache, 2.67 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB) in April 2009.
Android version 1.5 (Cupcake) was released on April 27, 2009.
The Minecraft game was released on May 17, 2009.
VMware vSphere was officially released on May 21, 2009.
Intel released the Core 2 Duo processor E7600 (3 MB cache, 3.06 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB) on May 31, 2009.
AMD released the first Phenom II X2 (dual-core) processors (6 MB cache, 3.0 to 3.5 GHz, 1066 MHZ or 1333 MHz FSB) on June 1, 2009.
Zynga launched its most successful game, Farmville, on June 19, 2009.
Android version 1.6 (Donut) was released on September 15, 2009.
Android version 2.0 (Eclair) was released on October 29, 2009.
The first version of MariaDB was released on October 29, 2009.
Borderlands was released for the PC on October 26, 2009, and for the Mac on December 3, 2010. A role-playing FPS game, Borderlands is a near instant hit, selling over two million copies by December 2009 and as of August 2011, over 4.5 million copies are sold. IGN includes the game in its list of Top 100 Modern Video Games in late 2011.
The site Chatroulette was launched in November 2009.
The first Barnes & Noble Nook was released on November 30, 2009.
The first LTE service was made available by TeliaSonera in Oslo, Norway and Stockholm, Sweden in December 2009.
Bandicam was released in 2009.
Google Goggles was released in 2009. The app would later be replaced by Google Lens.
The Ubuntu-based operating system Zorin was released.
Google introduced their Go programing language to the public.
The first Hacker Dojo was held in 2009.
Node.js was first released in 2009.
Nook was first released in 2009.
Omegle came online in 2009.
A commercial version of Plex is forked and Plex, Inc. is formed.
A Tasmanian devil named Tuz wearing a fake penguin beak was named as the brand character for Linux kernel 2.6.29. The character was created to help promote the support effort to save the Tasmanian devil from extinction.
Redis was first released in 2009.
X was forked to Xorg in 2009.
Discontinued products and services in 2009
Computer companies founded in 2009
The company Uber was founded in March 2009.
Garena was founded in May 2009 by Forrest Li.
Quora was founded in June 2009.
Klout was founded by Joe Fernandez and Binh Tran in September 2009.
Dwolla was founded in December 2009.
GlobalFoundries was founded in 2009.
Venmo is created in 2009 by Iqram Magdon-Ismail and Andrew Kortina.
WeTransfer launched in 2009.
Computer company events in 2009
Nortel Networks Inc. ("NNI") and fourteen of its subsidiaries filed for bankruptcy on January 14, 2009.
Square Enix purchased Eidos on April 22, 2009.
Soyo completed its bankruptcy and ceased operations on May 5, 2009.
In June 2009, Borland was acquired by Micro Focus.
CompuServe shut down on July 1, 2009.
Macrovision renamed to Rovi Corporation on July 16, 2009.
Amazon.com announced it would be acquiring Zappos.com in a deal valued at approximately $1.2 billion on July 22, 2009.
Novafora went out of business in August 2009.
Xerox announced on September 28, 2009 it would be acquiring Affiliated Computer Services.
Avalon Interactive ceased operation in 2009.
Everex shut down in 2009.
Shutterstock acquired Bigstock in 2009.
TallyGenicom is acquired by Printronix.
In 2009, Triton Digital acquired Spacial and is now a part of the Triton Digital family of companies.
Computer pioneer deaths in 2009
Mikhail Donskoy passed away on January 13, 2009 (Age: 61).
Robert Barton passed away on January 28, 2009 (Age: 83).
Peter Landin passed away on June 3, 2009 (Age: 78).
Russel Ackoff passed away on October 29, 2009 (Age: 90).
Amir Pnueli passed away on November 2, 2009 (Age: 68).
Andrew Booth passed away on November 29, 2009 (Age: 91).
Alexander L'vovich Brudno passed away on December 1, 2009 (Age: 91).
Borje Langefors passed away on December 13, 2009 (Age: 94).