back to article Raytheon buys BBN for 'about $350m'

Renowned techsploration company BBN - famed far and wide for inventing forerunner internet kit, and for giving the world the "@" symbol in email addresses - has been bought by US armsbiz colossus Raytheon. The move illustrates growing aspirations on the part of arms firms to do business in the information systems sector. …

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Coat

Wasn't BBN

Compuserves owner ? Ah, the good old days.

Mine' the one with reminesents in it.

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Grenade

Arms manufacturer owns email???

Does that mean that all peaceniks now have to communicate by snail-mail for conscientious objection reasons?

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Arms biz buys up the "@" in email

how much 4 ☮ ?

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Big Brother

"arms firms to do business in the information systems sector"

Yeah because spying on us all is becoming very big business!

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Owned Telenet

Alien, BBN never owned Compuserve. It did own the pioneering packet-switched carrier Telenet, selling it to GTE around 1980. It dabbled in all sorts of related technologies over the years.

BBN's biggest attraction to Raytheon was probably its Boomerang shot-spotter. BBN started as an acoustics company (1948) and still has serious military acoustics skill, including this system that uses an array of microphones and some fast computing to determine where a bullet was fired from. Its work is >90% federal, like Raytheon.

And Tel, bear in mind that the Internet evolved from a private Pentagon network. BBN built the ARPAnet starting in 1969. (ARPA=DoD) It became "Internet" in the early 1980s when MILnet became a separate operation, linked to the research (universities, etc.) ARPAnet. Peaceniks have never objected to making non-military use of this technology, regardless of its provenance.

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@Fred Goldstein

"bear in mind that the Internet evolved from a private Pentagon network."

The first two nodes of what became TehIntraWebTubes were at SRI and UCLA, run by students and professors. With no Pentagon oversight. Money, yes. Oversight, no.

I haven't thought about it in years, but one of the first IMPs was cold, dark & gathering dust in a closet next to my office when I was at SAIL ... It was a highly modified Honeywell DDP 516, if I remember correctly. I should have "borrowed" it when I had the chance. I'll bet a nickle its still there, and nobody knows what it is ... I think I'll go look next time I'm at Stanford :-)

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Grenade

Doubleplus good

"defence giant" indeed.

Unless fighting off the incensed locals in the various countries which you are busy "introducing to democracy" counts as "defence" I guess.

Raytheon make their money from providing arms with which the US fights its various wars. Defence hardly comes into it.

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