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How the Internet Happened

From Netscape to the iPhone

by Brian McCullough

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How the Internet Happened by Brian McCullough
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    Oct 2018, 400 pages

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In this expansive history, Brian McCullough narrates the democratization of the Internet, from Netscape to Google to Facebook, providing a look at the individuals behind the technology.

Histories of the Internet often start with the origin story of ARPANET – a Cold-War era communications project – and then proceed to the technology changes that followed. However, in Brian McCullough's How the Internet Happened: From Netscape to the iPhone, technology doesn't take center stage. McCullough says, "This is not a history of the Internet itself, but rather, a history of the Internet Era...when computers and technology itself stopped being esoteric and started becoming vital and indispensable." McCullough doesn't spend time on nodes and protocols. Instead, he tells the human side of the Internet story, the blind rush toward the next big thing and the rapid successes and failures along the way.

The opening chapter focuses on what McCullough terms "The Big Bang" that ignited the Internet era – the launch of the startup Netscape, and with it one ...

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