Today in Tech History – March 15, 2018

1959 – The first atomic reactor built in the US for medical research, achieved criticality at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY.

http://www.bnl.gov/bnlweb/history/BMRR.asp

1985 – Symbolics, a Massachusetts computer company, registered the Internet’s first dot-com domain name, symbolics.com. The domain is now owned by an investment company who uses it as a marketing device. The remains of the original Symbolics company survived in altered form at symbolics-dks.com.

http://www.symbolics-dks.com/
http://www.networksolutions.com/whois-search/symbolics.com

2004 – Nicolas Jacobsen posted to a forum that he had hacked into T-Mobile’s network and stolen information from major celebrities like Paris Hilton. Jacobsen was later charged with two counts of violating the US Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

http://news.cnet.com/2100-7349_3-5534323.html
http://hackstory.net/Hack_de_T-Mobile

2016 – DeepMind’s AlphaGo AI program defeated 18-time Go champion Lee Se-dol in the 5th match of a five-match series for a series win of four matches to one. Lee won only the fourth game. The Korea Baduk Association gave an honorary ninth-dan ranking to AlphaGo.

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-35810133

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