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.
October 12, 1609: “Three Blind Mice” is published in London. It is believed to be the oldest printed secular song.
Architect James Hoban’s sketch of the White House design.
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.
An x-ray of Roosevelt’s chest, showing the bullet inside. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
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.
Baby Fae with her mother.
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.
John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society of history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.