One of the most notorious names in the early years of the commercial Internet, Napster was a peer-to-peer music file sharing service created in 1999 by then 18-year-old Shawn Fanning. More than 60 million users took advantage of the service, but despite its popularity, it quickly became one of the most controversial ventures on the Web due to the widespread sharing of copyrighted material. The music industry sued, claiming losses of millions in royalties, and won. What became of Napster?
Back in the day
In 1993, after years of conflict between the Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups in Rwanda, a new accord was signed and a UN peacekeeping mission was established. However, when Rwanda's and Burundi's presidents were killed in a suspicious plane crash in April 1994, civil strife erupted on a massive scale. Rwandan soldiers and Hutu gangs slaughtered an estimated 500,000 to 1 million people, mostly Tutsis and moderate Hutus, in the 100 or so days before the Tutsis regained power. What has happened since?
Born on a day like today
Fourier was a French social philosopher who developed a form of utopian socialism known as Fourierism. He proposed the idea that the natural passions of humans would, if properly channeled, result in social harmony. The social organization for such development was to be based on an economic unit composed of 1,620 people living in a single community building and dividing work according to their interests and desires. Why did he designate 1,620 as the ideal number of persons in a phalanx?