The 1 billionth song, “Speed of Sound” by Coldplay, was downloaded from Apple iTunes Music Store by Alex Ostrovsky on 23rd February 2005. As a reward, Alex received 10 fifth generation iPods, a 20″ iMac, a $10,000 iTunes Music Store gift card, a scholarship in his name at the Julliard School of Music and a call from Steve Jobs.
In 2011, Hayastan Shakarian, a 75 year old woman from Georgia, the country in Eurasia and not the US state, was looking for copper to sell as scrap. She accidentally chopped the fibre optic cables and cut off Internet services to her country and the neighbour, Armenia. When caught Hayastan pleaded her innocence saying she hasn't even heard of the Internet. [more...]