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April 3, 2013
» SFB says: Hate to correct you back, pal, but the call shown in the clip we posted earlier is the first GSM call—which the post specifically states. :) GSM is a specific kind of technology for making cell phone calls, first launched in Europe with this phone call right here (which is from 1991, by the way), and currently used in the U.S. by AT&T and T-Mobile, among others. The first cell phone call was made 40 years ago using analog technology by a Motorola engineer. — Ernie @ SFB

» SFB says: Hate to correct you back, pal, but the call shown in the clip we posted earlier is the first GSM call—which the post specifically states. :) GSM is a specific kind of technology for making cell phone calls, first launched in Europe with this phone call right here (which is from 1991, by the way), and currently used in the U.S. by AT&T and T-Mobile, among others. The first cell phone call was made 40 years ago using analog technology by a Motorola engineer. — Ernie @ SFB

19:42 // 1 year ago

Sure, you may have known that the first cell phone call was made 40 years ago today, but did you know that the first GSM call was made by the prime minister of Finland? More fun details here.

15:59 // 1 year ago
March 5, 2013

obitoftheday:

Obit of the Day: Dead Together

March 5

1953 - Josef Stalin, leader of the U.S.S.R. from 1924 until his death at the age of 74. 

2013 - Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela from 1999 until his death at the age of 58.

To be fair, although they both took advantage of the cult of personality, no one can match Stalin’s horrific history of mass imprisonment and government-sponsored murder.

17:57 // 1 year ago
March 1, 2013
13:20 // 1 year ago
December 6, 2012
washingtonpoststyle:

It’s our 135th birthday. Here’s the first edition of The Washington Post from December 6, 1877.

That’s exactly what it looked like then, too, down to the photocopying.

washingtonpoststyle:

It’s our 135th birthday. Here’s the first edition of The Washington Post from December 6, 1877.

That’s exactly what it looked like then, too, down to the photocopying.

12:35 // 1 year ago
September 24, 2012

Google News just turned 10 over the weekend. Some quick stats:

  • 50,000 the number of sources available in Google News these days
  • 72 the number of unique editions of Google News worldwide — in 30 languages
  • 1B the number of unique users who read Google News’ content weekly source
9:19 // 1 year ago
May 26, 2012
guardian:

Happy 75th anniversary Golden Gate Bridge!
Photograph: Doug Atkins/AP

Golden Gate Birthday.

guardian:

Happy 75th anniversary Golden Gate Bridge!

Photograph: Doug Atkins/AP

Golden Gate Birthday.

(via journalofajournalist)

10:23 // 1 year ago
May 2, 2012

vinegarwilliams:

think-progress:

Front pages: 5/2/03 vs. 5/2/11

HT @nytjim

It’s almost funny, how sad it all is.

In other words: Bush declared a major victory, while Obama scored one.

0:48 // 1 year ago
April 29, 2012

One year after bin Laden’s death, how done is al-Qaeda? Depends on who you read.

So, when looking up stories on the upcoming one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death, we noticed a bizarre trend: None of the stories seemed to agree with one another. Some seemed to suggest al-Qaeda was basically gone. Others suggested that they were still planning major terror attacks. Seeing this, we got an idea: What if we scored the stories based on the done-ness of al-Qaeda, from 1 to 10? Because one wire service’s “in ruins" is another national newspaper’s "far from defeated.” Check the results above, and take one major point from this: Not every story has an agreed-upon answer.

17:35 // 1 year ago
April 16, 2012
One way to remember them is to go to class. That’s what they were doing, and that’s what we live for.
Virginia Tech Provost Mark G. McNamee • Commenting on the school’s decision to hold class today, and every April 16th going forward, only five years after the deadly on-campus shooting that claimed the lives of 32 people.  Professors were given freedom to handle the day as they saw fit: Some observed a moment of silence at the beginning of class, while others canceled class out of respect. Classics instructor Trudy Harrington Becker chose to hold class under a century-old oak tree near the memorial for victims of the massacre.  Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is expected to speak during a candlelight vigil at the Drillfield for the victims this evening. source (viafollow)
19:13 // 2 years ago