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Back in 1981, Bill Gates and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen pulled of an audacious feat: they licensed MS-DOS to IBM in a deal that saw them retain entire control of the software. To mark the occasion, the pair were photographed amid a sea of contemporary computers — and now they've recreated the image.

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Forty years ago, senior Motorola engineer Marty Cooper made one very important phone call. From midtown Manhattan, Marty called Joel Engel, then the head of rival research department Bell Labs. When Joel picked up, Marty uttered something rather unexpected: "Joel, this is Marty. I'm calling you from a mobile phone, a real handheld portable mobile phone."

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Obama may seem like a "hip" man of the people, with his Google+ hangouts and his Reddit AMAs and his talking to the kids over the Twitters, but he's just following in FDR's trailblazing footsteps. Because, on March 12, 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the very first president to reach the people on a more intimate level — through radio.

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On the morning of February 28, 1953, two men quietly made history in the Cavendish Laboratory of Cambridge University. Sixty years ago today, Watson and Crick discovered DNA — and changed the face of biological science in the process.

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On January 28, 1958, Godtfred Kirk Christiansen patented the humble Lego brick. His company had existed, making other toys, since 1930 — but it was 55 years ago today that the infamous studded plastic brick was officially born.

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You call this blog a blog because 15 years ago today, a guy named Jorn Barger coined the phrase "weblog". The term wasn't shortened to "blog" until two years later when another early online writer, Peter Merholz, jokingly listed it as "we blog" on the sidebar of his own site.

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Today the Kindle turns five and it's come a long, long way in that past half-decade. In case you don't remember, in 2007 the first generation Kindle had an 800x600 screen, 250MB internal memory and was the only model to ever have a microSD slot. And it launched for the low, low price of $US400. Despite the price tag, the device was wildly popular, selling out in the first few hours, and remaining out of stock until April 2008.