Museum Acquires @ Sign

One of the most ubiquitous symbols of the Internet era has been acquired by New York's Museum of Modern Art for its collection. A senior curator there said the @ mark excels in form and function.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Our last word in business today is not a word, but a symbol. It's the mark we use to mean at, the little A with a tail circling around it. The symbol was just acquired by New York's Museum of Modern Art for its collection. A senior curator there said the @ mark excels in form and function - though its not exactly a modern design. Its been around for centuries.

It wasnt until 1971, though, that a computer scientist raised it from relative obscurity and used the @ mark in one of the first email messages, putting it on the path to becoming one of the most ubiquitous symbols of the Internet era.

And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, host:

And I'm Linda Wertheimer.

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