Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Jun 19, 2013

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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Most of us think about hackers as people who tinker with computers and make tech do things it wasn't originally supposed to do. Some people trace hacking back to the 1950s and 1960s. That's when the technologically curious started tricking telephone signal systems into unlocking free long-distance calling. But as far back as the early 1900s, farmers, ranchers -- or you could call them hackers -- started hooking up their own phone lines.

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Rumors swirl ahead of Facebook announcement

Jun 19, 2013
Facebook is gearing up to hold a big press event tomorrow. So far the topic is under wraps, but the company says "a small team has been working on a big idea."

1900s rural farmers: The original hackers?

Jun 19, 2013
As far back as the early 1900s, rural farmers and ranchers -- or you could call them hackers -- set up their own phone lines themselves.

Most of us think about hackers as people who tinker with computers and make tech do things it wasn’t originally supposed to do. Some people trace hacking back to the 1950s and 1960s. That’s when the technologically curious started tricking telephone signal systems into unlocking free long-distance calling. But as far back as the early 1900s, farmers, ranchers — or you could call them hackers — started hooking up their own phone lines.

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