The original eBay.com hosted a page about Ebola

According to a newly-published New York Magazine profile, eBay founder Pierre Omidyar sounds like a pretty weird dude. The lengthy piece not only documents the billionaire's latest shenanigans, but also the origins of the world's largest auction site. Funnily enough, Ebola plays a strange role in that story. » 11/04/14 12:11pm 11/04/14 12:11pm

This Was the Very First Website In the US

Stanford's Linear Accelerator Laboratory operates the longest particle accelerator of its kind—it's produced groundbreaking work in particle physics over the decades, as well as several Nobel prizes. But surprisingly, it also played a major role in the early web: By hosting the first web site in the US. It wasn't much… » 11/01/14 1:00pm 11/01/14 1:00pm

Stop Pretending There's a Line Dividing Politics and Tech

"Silicon Valley is a place where seemingly impossible problems are solved every day," Ezra Klein writes in a new post for The Verge. "...while Washington is a place where solvable problems prove impossible to do anything about." Klein presents a huge chasm dividing the worlds of technology and politics. This idea is… » 8/20/14 5:23pm 8/20/14 5:23pm

People Didn't Trust the Internet Before There Even Was One

Thanks to recent confirmation that your every online move is being monitored, trust in the internet seems like it's at an all-time low. In fact, as we can see from an article published in 1973, we were acutely aware that the future of our interconnected world depended on confidence in the privacy and security of the… » 12/10/13 2:20pm 12/10/13 2:20pm

Did Al Gore Invent the Internet?

Anytime someone online writes about internet history, the comments inevitably fill up with jokes about Al Gore. There's a popular myth that Gore once claimed to have invented the internet, which means many people think that "Al Gore" works as both a set-up and a punchline. What these jokesters might be surprised to… » 10/18/13 2:09pm 10/18/13 2:09pm

This IBM Scientist Predicted Netflix Before The Internet Even Existed

If you predicted the decline of deadtree books or the rise of services like Netflix streaming, say, 25 years ago, you'd be considered a damn good prognosticator. But what if you predicted those things back in 1964—before the internet even existed? Amazingly, a scientist from IBM did just that, long before any of these… » 10/02/13 3:38pm 10/02/13 3:38pm

The Rise And Fall of the ARPANET (1969-1989) in One GIF

The ARPANET made its first host-to-host connection in October of 1969 and from there slowly grew into a behemoth, laying the groundwork for our modern internet. The good folks over at Smithsonian magazine recently GIF'd the growth of the ARPANET from 1969 to 1977. But why stop there? Inspired by their wonderful… » 9/05/13 5:44pm 9/05/13 5:44pm