Fred Upton

Whirlpool Corp. will begin its 100 year anniversary celebrations today with a series of activities, including ringing the New York Stock Exchange's closing Bell.

Founded on this day in 1911 by Lou and Fred Upton as Upton Machine Company, Whirlpool's first product was an electric motor-driven wringer washer. A year later, what could have been a major blunder for the company turned out to be a reputation-maker:

At its sixth annual Digital Patriots Dinner in Washington Wednesday night, the Consumer Electronics Association honored a pair of Congressmen, as well as the Google "Internet evangelist" who was one of the Internet's founding fathers.

Last week's Mobile DTV Showcase on Capitol Hill can be deemed a "victory" since at least a half-dozen members of Congress not only showed up and "offered remarks," but most of them actually hung around and paid attention to the technologies that electronics makers and broadcasters were showing off. They saw  hand-crafted prototypes of DTV-equipped mobile phone handsets that LG Electronics created for the event and other devices that picked up live TV transmissions from the Washington-area broadcast stations taking part in the high-profile demonstration on Capitol Hill.

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