On 7th December 1999, Napster, Inc. was sued by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) who alleged copyright infringement. Because of the lawsuit, the peer-to-peer had a surge in popularity for a little while, but was soon shut down soon after. Napster was developed by Shawn Fanning, John Fanning and Sean Parker.
John D. Kubiatowicz, a Professor at the University of California at Berkeley, estimated that the Amazon Kindle ebook reader gains 10^-18 grams when it's fully loaded with books. The calculation is based on the number of electrons that are actually used to store the books! [more...]