Flash memory was invented by Dr. Fujio Masuoka when he was working at Toshiba. It was presented at the 1984 International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) and introduced commercially for the first time by IBM in 1988.
Laurence Canter and Martha Siegel, creators of the world's first commercial spam, made $100,000 off an ad that cost them only pennies. They had posted the spam message on April 12, 1994 to 5,500 Usenet discussion groups. [more...]