1969- ARPA (Advanced Research Projects Agency) is created in late December. It connects four major Universities, and is used for defense communication in case of the normal communication being down.

1973- Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) is designed, and one of the protocols, File Transfer Protocol, allows for a file to be transferred from one computer to another.

1982- The term "Internet" was used for the first time.

1984- the Domain Name System (DNS) is established with extensions such as .com, .net, and .gov.

1988- A virus named "The Internet Worm" temporarily shuts down 10% of the internet servers.

1994- the White House launches the whitehouse.gov website.  The term "spamming" is used.

1996- Approximately 45 million people are using the internet world wide.  43.2 million Americans (44%) own a personal computer.

1998- Google opens its first offices in California

2001- Wikipedia is created.

2005- Youtube is created.

2006- Google buys Youtube for $1.65 billion, its fourth biggest purchase in history.

2008- Microsoft offers to buy Yahoo for $44.6 billion to challenge Google's dominance over the search engines.  Microsoft is also fined by the European Commission for $1.3 billion for abusing its dominant market position, and not following the 2004 ruling that said that they had to provide information to competitors, so that they could operate on windows.

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