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The first computer mouse

It looks quite different than what we're used to. It was invented at the Stanford Research Institute in 1964 by Douglas Engelbart and his colleagues there. Xerox PARC researchers took the design further, and the mouse became popular with the release of the 1984 Apple Macintosh.

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By Erin Carson

Erin Carson is a Staff Reporter for CNET and a former Multimedia Editor for TechRepublic.