Today in Tech History – March 15, 2017

Today in Tech History logo1959 – The first atomic reactor built in the US for medical research, achieved criticality at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY.

1985 – Symbolics, a Massachusetts computer company, registered the Internet’s first dot-com domain name, 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

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.

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.

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