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Still from a TV news story about putting newspapers online from the San Francisco Examiner newsroom. / YouTube.com

"Imagine sitting down with your morning coffee, turning on your home computer to read today's newspaper." That's the lead-in to a news video from 1981 that people can't stop sharing on their Internet-connected devices in 2014 -- 33 years later. Watch the video above to see it.

First, a "home computer owner" in San Francisco (yes, they actually said that!) uses a rotary phone to connect to a computer in Ohio. San Francisco Examiner staff are seen programming text from the day's newspaper into the same computer in Ohio.

Then David Cole at the San Francisco Examiner says something quite prophetic that frankly, the news industry is still struggling over: "We aren't in it to make money."

And what was the cost to the consumer? The anchor sums it up nicely: "It takes over 2 hours to receive the entire text of the newspaper over the phone and with an hourly use charge of $5 the new 'telepaper' won't be much competition for the 20-cent street edition."

If only they knew, right? Tweet using #ZoomIN to share what you think of this glimpse back in time. Follow @shannonraegreen on Twitter.



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