Ran across this in a short story by Mark Twain called "From the London times of 1904" written before 1900. 1898 i think:"The scene now changes to Chicago. Time, the autumn of 1901. As soon as the Paris contract released the telelectroscope, it was delivered to public use, and was soon connected with the telephonic systems of the whole world. The improved 'limitless-distance' telephone was presently introduced, and the daily doings of the globe made visible to everybody, and audibly discussable, too, by witnesses separated by any number of leagues." This device connected the whole worlds telephone systems to connect them over limitless distances, so that news could be disseminated instantly, and people could react to it and discuss it in real time. Should have bought Google in 1899.