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25 years ago today, the web opened up and the world changed

On April 30, 1993, CERN—the European Organization for Nuclear Research—announced that it was putting a piece of software developed by one of its researchers, Tim Berners-Lee, into the public domain. That software was a “global computer networked information system” called the World Wide Web, and CERN’s decision meant that anyone, anywhere, could run a website … Continue reading “25 years ago today, the web opened up and the world changed”

25 years ago today, the web opened up and the world changed
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Verizon shareholders want executive pay tied to how well it improves its cybersecurity

With data breaches at Yahoo, Equifax, and seemingly every other company plugged into the internet, who hasn’t had their personal information compromised? If fines, lawsuits, and the stock market aren’t enough to compel companies to improve security, activist stockholders have another idea—hitting executives in their wallets. Today, shareholders in Verizon filed a proposal for the … Continue reading “Verizon shareholders want executive pay tied to how well it improves its cybersecurity”

Verizon shareholders want executive pay tied to how well it improves its cybersecurity
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Witness Google’s and Facebook’s insane digital ad dominance in these two charts

A good way to contextualize how concentrated the digital advertising market has become is by looking up past projections. Take this eMarketer headline from 2015: “Facebook and Twitter Will Take 33% Share of U.S. Digital Display Market by 2017.” Crazy, right? Back then, the digital ad market was much more diversified, with a number of … Continue reading “Witness Google’s and Facebook’s insane digital ad dominance in these two charts”

Witness Google’s and Facebook’s insane digital ad dominance in these two charts
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With AIM and CompuServe’s end, today is the day the old-school net died

I knew that both AOL Instant Messenger and CompuServe’s forums—both part of AOL, which is part of Oath, which rolls up into Verizon—were going away. But I missed the fact that the actual day of closure for both venerable institutions is today. Which might be a coincidence, but feels like it makes December 15, 2017, … Continue reading “With AIM and CompuServe’s end, today is the day the old-school net died”

With AIM and CompuServe’s end, today is the day the old-school net died
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