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Fact or Fiction: The Internet
by Staff
It's hard to believe that only about 20 years ago, the Internet was a strange, new world. And now it's difficult to imagine life without it. But how much do you really know about the Internet?

Al Gore invented the Internet.

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  • fiction
  • almost fiction: It was actually Tipper. Shhhh, don't tell.

About a quarter of the world's population uses the Internet.

  • fact
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  • almost fiction: About a quarter of the people on Earth use computers, but they don't all have Internet access.

As of June 2009, there were about 18 million domain names in existence.

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  • almost fiction: There are 180 million domain names out there.

One of the most important predecessors of the Internet was a network called NETLINX. It started in 1979 with a connection between Harvard and MIT.

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  • almost fiction: The schools were Yale and Princeton.

The Samsung i5000, which came out in 1996, was the first cell phone with Internet access.

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  • almost fiction: Right year, but it was the Nokia 9000 Communicator.

The first widely used Web browser was called Mosaic, which was introduced in 1993.

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  • almost fiction: Mosaic rolled out in 1989.

March 10, 2000, is the date of the infamous dot-com "bubble burst."

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  • almost fiction: It was May 10, 2000.

After July 1, 2009, all computers sold in China will come with software that won't allow users to type sexual keywords.

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  • almost fiction: True, but it also blocks other stuff, like anti-government sites and anything related to the Tiananmen Square protests.

By some estimates, "cyberslacking" costs companies around the world $1 billion a year.

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  • almost fiction: It's more like $10 billion a year -- yikes.

If you forward this quiz to 10 of your friends in the next 10 minutes, Bill Gates will give you a free trip for two to Disney World!

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  • almost fiction: You'll actually get a $25 gift certificate to the Gap!