News Readers Startups: Funding, Acquisitions, Shutdowns

CB Insights: Promising to package and deliver news in fundamentally different ways than traditional print media, news reader apps quickly captured the imagination and dollars of venture capital investors — to the tune of more than $300M. Now, many of those venture-backed news readers have either been acquired, shuttered, or both. With that in mind, […]

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Organizing the world’s information, one reference at a time

Desk Set, 1957 In his book Weaving the Web, Tim Berners-Lee writes: I was excited about escaping from the straightjacket of hierarchical documentation systems…. By being able to reference everything with equal ease, the web could also represent associations between things that might seem unrelated but for some reason did actually share a relationship. This […]

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Internet’s Most-Read Stories (Infographic)

  Fast Company: It turns out that the most-shared articles aren’t fluffy clickbait. Generally, they’re pieces that focus on grander themes: kids (“Schools Fail to Train Kids”), extreme wealth and poverty (“The World’s Poorest President,” “The Rich Alarmed by Homeless Jesus”), self-improvement (“What Mentally Strong People Avoid,” “How Not to Say the Wrong Thing”), God […]

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The Web at 25: The Value of Open

Tim Berners-Lee, 2009 Photo Credit: Webb Chappell http://www.webbchappell.com 25 years ago today (March 12, 1989), Tim Berners-Lee circulated a proposal for “Mesh” (later to be known as the World Wide Web) to his management at CERN. 45 years ago this year (October 29, 1969), the first ARPANET (later to be known as the Internet) link was established between UCLA […]

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The Web at 25: Tim Berners-Lee on the Web of Data

Tim Berners-Lee, 2009 Photo Credit: Webb Chappell http://www.webbchappell.com In 2009, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Web, Jason Rubin and I talked to Tim Berners-Lee about his invention and its future, the Semantic Web, which he described as “the Web of data.” Twenty years on, the World Wide Web has proven itself […]

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Why Ones and Zeros Are Eating the World

Tim Berners-Lee, 2009Photo Credit: Webb Chappell http://www.webbchappell.com 30 years ago today, Steve Jobs unveiled the Macintosh. More accurately, The Great Magician took it out of a bag and let it talk to us. The Macintosh, as I learned from first-hand experience in 1984, was a huge leap forward compared to the PCs of the time. […]

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Inventor of the Web Tim Berners-Lee Receives Turing Award

Tim Berners-Lee, 2009. Photo Credit: Webb Chappell http://www.webbchappell.com Sir Tim Berners-Lee is the recipient of the 2016 ACM A.M. Turing Award for inventing the World Wide Web, the first web browser and the fundamental protocols and algorithms allowing the Web to scale. The following are quotes from Sir Tim Berners-Lee supplied by the ACM.   […]

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