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The Web Is 30. Here's What Its Inventor Thinks

Tim Berners-Lee has some suggestions on the 'dysfunction' of his 'troubled adolescent'

(Newser) - Thirty years ago this month, Tim Berners-Lee submitted a proposal to his boss. At the top of that paper, his boss scribbled three words : "vague but exciting." That March 1989 blueprint was for the World Wide Web, and although Berners-Lee thinks his brainchild's first 15 years went... More »

World Wide Web Inventor Gets Another Big Honor

Tim Berners-Lee wins computing's version of the Nobel Prize

(Newser) - Most people who search on Google, share on Facebook, and shop on Amazon have never heard of Sir Tim Berners-Lee. But they might not be doing any of those things had he not invented the World Wide Web. Berners-Lee, 61, is this year's recipient of the AM Turing Award,... More »

Please Stop Talking About What 'the Internet' Likes

In fact, 'the Internet' doesn't even exist

(Newser) - Navneet Alang has a simple request: Please stop talking about what the Internet likes. Or what it's obsessed with. Or what it's ruining. Or who it's newest crush is. "Not only does referring to everything online as 'the Internet' mistakenly suggest that the digital is... More »

10 Inventors Who Saw No Riches From Their Big Idea

Like the guys behind Post-It Notes...

(Newser) - Despite what you may think, a smash-hit of an invention doesn't necessarily set an inventor up for life. (Witness Doug Englebart , who invented the computer mouse but didn't see a dime from it.) As the BBC points out, there are plenty of others who failed to make... More »

You Need to Register Your Own Domain Name

It's important to retain control over your identity: Dan Gillmor

(Newser) - Stop what you're doing and go register your own domain name, Dan Gillmor suggests in the Guardian today. But, you say, you're already on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, and Tumblr? That's fine, but "remember who's in charge at those social media sites," Gillmor warns.... More »

Don't Let the UN Take Over the Internet

The US must act: L. Gordon Crovitz

(Newser) - A number of countries are trying to place the Internet under the UN's control—and the US needs to push back, and soon, writes L. Gordon Crovitz in the Wall Street Journal . The Web is so successful exactly because it's not run by any government. But that's... More »

Websites That Keep You Clicking Are Pure 'Evil'

'Contemptuous' practice must be stopped: Farhad Manjoo

(Newser) - Farhad Manjoo really, really hates it when websites force you to click through page after page—so much so that, he writes at Slate , he has been forced to divorce his wife and abandon friends over their support for the practice. It's "one of the worst design and... More »

World's Biggest Internet Users ... Aren't Americans

95% of Icelanders online, but Sweden ultimately tops new index

(Newser) - If you think the US has "surfing the Internet" cornered, think again: A new global index evaluates the state of the World Wide Web around the globe, and finds that Iceland actually has the greatest web use, boasting 95% of its population online. The Web Index, put together by... More »

The World's Worst Spammer Is ...

... India, where 7M new computer users crop up monthly

(Newser) - So you find your morning spam deluge annoying? Well, you can thank India, which has become the world's top sender of spam emails, the Los Angeles Times reports. Its poor law enforcement and burgeoning middle class—which adds about 7 million computers monthly—are largely behind the dubious distinction.... More »

Uh-Oh: Internet Has 340 Undecillion Addresses

New IP address system should cover us

(Newser) - Looks like the Internet has grown a tad—from about 4.3 billion unique addresses to 340 trillion trillion trillion of them, or 340 undecillion. What's the big deal? Well, that growth rate will soon eat up every available IP address, so Internet honchos have devised a new system... More »

Web Service May Die for Hundreds of Thousands

FBI advises Windows users to visit security website

(Newser) - The FBI says it's time for Windows users to make sure their computers aren't infected by an unusual virus. As it stands, hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide are infected and will be unable to surf the Web after July 9, the AP reports. It all started when... More »

SOPA Protest Hails Web's 'Coming of Age'

Protesting websites' message clicked with users

(Newser) - Yesterday, we witnessed the power of the Internet to influence policy, as countless websites went dark to protest SOPA and PIPA. It did the job: Congress faced an onslaught of complaints about the controversial online piracy measures—which were born of traditional lobbying and heavy corporate spending, writes James Temple... More »

MTV News Explains 'Internet' in 1995

Old news clip goes viral

(Newser) - To be fair, it could've just as easily been Better Than Ezra that would go on to change the world. A clip of MTV News from 1995 in which Kurt Loder investigates the influence of the fledgling internet went viral this week, notes the Huffington Post . In the piece,... More »

Facebook, iTunes Ruining Web ... Says Web's Creator

Tim Berners-Lee blasts those chipping away at its 'egalitarian principles'

(Newser) - Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the British engineer credited with inventing the World Wide Web, has a message for us: Social networking sites, app developers, and other entities, if left unchecked, will ruin his creation—which now belongs to all of us. "The web evolved into a powerful, ubiquitous tool because... More »

Pentagon Asks Media Not to Publish WikiLeaks' Iraq Files

Pushes against distribution of war material

(Newser) - The Defense Department is asking media organizations not to publish or post on websites classified US war files released by WikiLeaks. The department has been bracing for a possible leak of as many as many as 400,000 documents from a military database on the Iraq war. The documents are... More »

HTML5: Who Needs Privacy?

New web standard leaves your computer wide open

(Newser) - There’s been plenty of worry over the years about Internet privacy, “but the alarmists have not seen anything yet,” warns the New York Times in a front-page story on the dangers of HTML5. The new web standards will bring tons of new features—“It’s going... More »

The Web Is Dead. The Internet Rules

Forget the open WWW—it's all about apps now

(Newser) - As the World Wide Web turns 18, Wired declares it dead—even as the Internet continues to rule. Chris Anderson takes us through a typical user's day: email checked and Facebook browsed on an iPad; podcasts and Pandora listened to; Skype and IM conversations held. "You’ve spent the... More »

Seven 'Keymasters' Can Reboot Internet

'Keys' are really smartcards, but still

(Newser) - It sounds like something out of a spy thriller, except it’s real: Seven people around the world have been given keys that can restart the Internet in the event of a catastrophe. If needed, for example, after a terrorist attack or other security breach, these people (who received their... More »

New Site Lets 'Friends' Point Out Your Faults is the latest truth-seeking social networking site

(Newser) - If you really want to know what people think of you, the Web can help. A flurry of new sites—basically intense versions of Truth or Dare—offer constructive criticism or, in the case of the latest, just plain truth. Sites like allow people to ask users anonymous... More »

Web Addresses Will Gain International Flavor

Chinese, Arabic, Hebrew domains, among others, will have support by 2010: ICANN

(Newser) - In the biggest change ever to the system, Web domains will soon be available in the native scripts of Chinese, Arabic, Hebrew, and other non-Latin-based languages. A proposal expected to be approved this week means “Internationalized Domain Names” could be up and running as soon as mid-2010. China and... More »

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