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Things change fast on the Internet. One day, say in mid-2011, you're perhaps the most influential tech company on the planet rolling out a competitor to the likes of Twitter and Facebook. Fast-forward what feels a quick seven years, and you're hemorrhaging users by the thousands and have to shut the whole thing down anyway due to a bad security snafu (#RIPGoogle+).

Or, it feels like cries of "but latency!" have been hindering the prospects of online multiplayer for years (as recently as this summer's big gaming expo proclamations)... but just this week, suddenly Chrome users have been able to play Assassin's Creed in. their. browsers. without much in the way of technical difficulties. 

So for this week's Orbital Transmission, we're hitting pause on the immediate news churn to appreciate some similarly wow-worthy changes over time. You won't even need the Wayback Machine at hand (mostly because we talked to them ourselves).

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2013 concept sketches of the Hyperloop

It's already been five years of Hyperloop hype

Seriously, it was fall 2013 when Elon Musk first floated the idea of this futuristic pod travel. Just last week, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (one of the industry's leading startups) released pictures of a commercial Hyperloop pod, a swanky-looking five-ton passenger cabin built by Spanish technology firm Airtificial. Feasibilities studies and investments tell one tale, but it seems we're still a way's away from public availability.

The latest successful SpaceX launch (from October 7, 2018)

Ask SpaceX what a difference a decade makes

Ten years ago, SpaceX needed eight weeks of struggle and hustle just to make its first successful launch and prove viability to stay alive. This weekend, it launched its 17th successful rocket of 2018 (and the company lands 'em for reuse these days to boot).

Wayback Machine Director Mark Graham

The Internet Archive measures in petabytes and shipping containers

Speaking of things in the past, if you're trying to access it today—whether it's a 2006 LiveJournal, some old MacOS software, or BBC broadcasts in the 1950s—the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine should be your first stop. At a recent conference in Austin, Wayback Machine Director Mark Graham revealed the insane scale of what his team is putting together: they archive four petabytes of information per year (that's four million gigabytes, for context). “Some might call us hoarders,” he says. “I like to say we’re archivists.”

Seven years ago this week, the world lost Steve Jobs

It's one of those days tech journalists and watchers will likely forever remember where they were—Apple's iconic leader passed away on Oct. 5, 2011. In many ways the company's change in leadership still feels recent and Jobs' influence present, but Apple has also clearly evolved since in ways both big (that's trillion with a T) and small (au revoir, music obsession; hello user privacy and original content).

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