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Audio: Morse code, the Internet pioneer

Morse code has been laid to rest, more than a century after its development as the language of the telegraph.

Morse code has been laid to rest, more than a century after its development as the language of the telegraph. The code was the protocol for the wireless telegraph network--a virtual Internet of its day.

The well-known SOS distress call became a global standard in Morse code for ships at sea, following the Titanic disaster. Since 1992, countries began the switch to GMDSS, a satellite-based system, for communications at sea. As of February 1, Morse code will be all but phased out, only to be kept alive by a few amateur enthusiasts.

Join CNET Radio's Brian Cooley in a conversation with Tom Standage, author of "The Victorian Internet--The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-line Pioneers."

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