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First Thing Bought And Sold On The Internet Was Marijuana

Reading Time: 2 minutes The first thing ever bought and sold on the internet was a bag of marijuana, and the trade took place over 40 years ago. E-commerce, the practice of trading online has become a refined practice thanks mainly to sites such as Ebay and Amazon. But transactions online have been taking place for a very long …

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The Founder Of Match.com Lost His Girlfriend To A Man She Met On Match.com. Poor Gary Kremen

Reading Time: 2 minutes Could you imagine loosing your girlfriend to your own creation? That’s what happened to the founder of Match.com, who lost his girlfriend to a man she met on Match.com. OUCH! Way back in the infancy of the internet, online dating was a relatively new thing. Well, everything online was a new thing. Gary Kremen, remember …

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Blockbuster Rejected An Offer To Purchase Netflix For $50 Million

Reading Time: 2 minutes Oh dear, it seems the more we look the more we find where business decisions have cost companies or individuals a lot of money. The most recent we are adding to our list is Blockbuster Video. Why are we adding them to our list and what made their decision so costly? When Netflix was only …

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Congress Was Banned from Wikipedia

Reading Time: 2 minutes In 2006 was the US Congress banned from Wikipedia? Yes, yes they were. Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, is one of the most visited websites in the world. It is a referencing tool that anyone with access to the internet can use for free. It has an extraordinary amount of information on just about anything, but …

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A 1995 Newsweek Internet Article Was Published About Why The Internet Would Fail

Reading Time: 3 minutes Talk about being on the wrong side of history. There was a 1995 Newsweek internet article explaining why the internet was doomed to failure. They could hardly be more wrong in hindsight, but the signs should have been there. Read on to see just how wrong the prediction was. The internet. It has become a part …

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Spam Is Named After A Monty Python Script

Reading Time: 2 minutes Would you believe that spam got named after a Monty Python script? We’re talking about the annoying mass emails here, not the canned food. But surprisingly the two are connected. Spam emails and spam food How exceedingly frustrating and annoying is spam? We have all been the recipient of it in one form or the other. …

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First Webcam Was Used to Watch Coffee – Trojan Room Coffee Pot

Reading Time: 2 minutes Everyone knows what a webcam is, and practically every laptop has one these days. Webcams have revolutionised the way people communicate, allowing an additional depth to a long distant conversation. But like many things, have you ever wondered how or why they were invented? Well, the truth behind this particular invention is rather quirky, and a …

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Mark Zuckerberg Said I Don’t Know Why They Trust Me

Reading Time: 2 minutes In 2003, a then 19 year old Mark Zuckerberg was in the middle of an exchange with a friend of his about his new website, The Facebook. But what on Earth was he talking about when he said “I don’t know why they trust me”? While chatting to a friend by instant messages Mark Zuckerberg …

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Whitehouse.com Was A Porn Site

Reading Time: 2 minutes Back in the 1990’s, when the internet was still in the warm up phase of its development, there were very few websites around, especially when compared to today. Pretty much the only TLD that anyone used was the .com. So if you wanted to visit a government site, most people would simply type .com at …

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Google First Name Was Backrub

Reading Time: 2 minutes Could you ever imagine the first thing you type into your favorite internet browser being backrub? Didn’t think so, but it nearly happened, and Google being named backrub may have not have resulted in the burgeoning success story it is today. When Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin first began work on Google it was …

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