The College Student Who Recently Bought Google.com For $12
A screenshot showing Sanmay Ved’s purchase of Google.com for $12.
Late last month, Sanmay Ved, a student at Massachusetts’ Babson College, bought Google.com for $12 per year. He’d been tracking the availability of Google-related domains when he saw that the most powerful website on earth was available for purchase. He made the purchase, his card was charged, and he was now owner of Google.com. However, Ved, upstanding citizen that he seems to be, quickly notified Google’s security team. About one minute later, the transaction was cancelled and Ved was no longer the owner.
As is their standard practice, the Google Security Rewards Program offered Ved a monetary reward for alerting Google to a vulnerability in their own system. When Ved insisted that the reward go to charity, Google doubled the reward for the charity. Read on and hear from Ved himself at The Huffington Post.
5 Events To Know About This Week
October 12, 1609: “Three Blind Mice” is published in London. It is believed to be the oldest printed secular song.
October 13, 1792: George Washinton lays the cornerstone for the White House–which was later burned by the British during the War of 1812, only to be rebuilt in the form we know today.
Architect James Hoban’s sketch of the White House design.
October 14, 1912: Former President Theodore Roosevelt is shot while giving a speech in Milwaukee. His life was saved by the papers in his breast pocket. Although wounded, he opted to finish his speech before seeking medical attention.
October 15, 1582: The Gregorian Calendar (the one we currently use today) is adopted in Italy, France, Spain, and Portugal. The ten days of discrepancy between the new calendar and the old calendar are lost to history.
An x-ray of Roosevelt’s chest, showing the bullet inside. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
October 16, 1984: Stephanie Fae Beauclair (better known as “Baby Fae”), born with a congenital heart defect rendering her own heart useless, receives an experimental heart transplant using a heart from a baboon. She lived for a month following the procedure.
Baby Fae with her mother.