Posts Tagged ‘Internet’

Pssst: Al Gore didn’t invent the internet … here’s who did.

July 30, 2012

The Orator-in-Chief touched a nerve with his remark “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

Let’s explore another aspect of the Roanoke Reveal.

One of Obama’s points-of-proof: there wouldn’t be an internet (or internet companies) without the government.

“The Internet didn’t get invented on its own.  Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.”

Great piece in the WSJ debunks that assertion.

It’s an urban legend that the government launched the Internet.

The truth is a more interesting story about how innovation happens—and about how hard it is to build successful technology companies even once the government gets out of the way.

For many technologists, the idea of the Internet traces to Vannevar Bush, the presidential science adviser during World War II who oversaw the development of radar and the Manhattan Project.

By the 1960s technologists were trying to connect separate physical communications networks into one global network—a “world-wide web.”

The federal government was involved, modestly, via the Pentagon’s Advanced Research Projects Agency Network. Its goal was maintaining communications during a nuclear attack, and it didn’t build the Internet.

Robert Taylor, who ran the ARPA program in the 1960s has set the record straight: ” The Arpanet was not an Internet. An Internet is a connection between two or more computer networks.”

If the government didn’t invent the Internet, who did?

Vinton Cerf developed the TCP/IP protocol, the Internet’s backbone, and Tim Berners-Lee gets credit for hyperlinks.

But full credit goes to  Xerox.

It was at the Xerox PARC labs in Silicon Valley in the 1970s that the Ethernet was developed to link different computer networks.

Xerox PARC researchers realized they couldn’t wait for the government to connect different networks, so they would have to do it themselves.

It’s important to understand the history of the Internet because it’s too often wrongly cited to justify big government.

It’s also important to recognize that building great technology businesses requires both innovation and the skills to bring innovations to market.

More details in the article.

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How many people watch online video content each day?

March 9, 2012

Answer: Over 100 million !

So, the online industry is following in TVs footprint by organizing a two week long event to woo advertisers with the ultimate goal of pulling spending away from TV and towards online.

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Excerpt from WSJ: “TV’s Big Ad-Sales Bazaar Inspires an Online Copycat”

This April the biggest online media outlets are planning a two-week event in New York. Each company will take a different day to woo advertisers by presenting different marketing opportunities.

Coming as more companies are creating more original online video programming, the event signals an intensifying effort by the online video world to challenge television.

TV drew $60.7 billion in advertising versus online video totaled only $2.02 billion. More than 100 million Americans watched online video content on an average day, a 43% increase from the year prior.

“There is a big gap between the time consumers are spending on digital platforms and the amount of ad spend”.

Edited by ARK

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Maybe Amazon (not Google) will control internet…

December 20, 2011

A real “hmmm” graphic from   CPC Strategy

Their take:Amazon has come a long way from *just* being the world’s largest bookseller.

This year alone the company has launched three new products or service offerings that challenge the market dominance of an established player.

CPGS may be onto something …

Amazon v. The World - An Infographic

Thanks to Tags feeding the lead

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Dot-com is so yesterday … now, dot-brand is what’s happening.

September 26, 2011

Punch line: You can register a dot-com domain name with GoDaddy for about 10 bucks.

For an additional $184,990, you’ll soon be able to register a “dot-brand” domain name like “.homa”.

Tempting, but I think I’ll wait until the price drops to $19.99

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Excerpted from CnnMoney

Trusty old Internet addresses we know and love — the .coms, .nets, .orgs — are about to get some new competition.

Way back in 2000, the organization decided to expand the domain-name system. Since then, it has gradually rolled out a handful of new domains, including the controversial .xxx domain that got the green light in March.

ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) – the Global Internet regulator – is finalizing rules for a major expansion of “generic top-level domains,” that will clear the way for new offerings like .law, .coke or .nyc. Sites with those endings are expected to start rolling out late next year.

Experts think dot-brand sites will be a hit with major companies.

“The decision will usher in a new Internet age … a platform for the next generation of creativity and inspiration.”

In addition to marketing benefits, they could help on the security front: HSBC, for example, could tell customers that a purported HSBC site isn’t legitimate unless it ends in .hsbc.

But these benefits don’t come cheaply — or easily. ICANN charges at $185,000 per domain application, which Crawford says typically must include about 150 pages of policy documents.

Technical setup takes another $100,000 or so, he says, and upkeep can cost an additional $100,000 each year.

ICANN is slated to begin reviewing applications in November or December, and says that new domains should roll out in July 2012.

Thanks to MET for feeding the lead.

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“The internet is just a fad” … Newsweek, Feb. 26, 1995

September 15, 2011

Interesting retro piece republished by the Daily Beast

Punch line: Famous quote from some dude in the patent office: “all things have already been invented”

Tom Watson, IBM CEO of long ago, predicted at most 6 computers would be bought.

And, in 1995, Newsweek stepped forward to declare the internet “nothing but a bunch of hype”.


Excerpted from Newsweek: The Internet? Bah!, Feb 26, 1995

Hype alert: Why cyberspace isn’t, and will never be, nirvana

After two decades online, I’m perplexed. It’s not that I haven’t had a gas of a good time on the Internet. I’ve met great people and even caught a hacker or two.

But today, I’m uneasy about this most trendy and oversold community – the internet.

Visionaries see a future of telecommuting workers, interactive libraries and multimedia classrooms. They speak of electronic town meetings and virtual communities.

Baloney. Do our computer pundits lack all common sense?

The truth in no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher and no computer network will change the way government works.

How about electronic publishing? Try reading a book on a computer. At best, it’s an unpleasant chore: the myopic glow of a clunky computer replaces the friendly pages of a book. And you can’t tote that laptop to the beach.

Yet Nicholas Negroponte, director of the MIT Media Lab, predicts that we’ll soon buy books and newspapers straight over the Intenet.

Uh, sure.

The Internet is one big ocean of unedited data, without any pretense of completeness.

Lacking editors, reviewers or critics, the Internet has become a wasteland of unfiltered data.

Then there are those pushing computers into schools.

We’re told that multimedia will make schoolwork easy and fun. Students will happily learn from animated characters while taught by expertly tailored software. Who needs teachers when you’ve got computer-aided education?


Can you recall even one educational filmstrip of decades past? I’ll bet you remember the two or three great teachers who made a difference in your life.

Then there’s cyberbusiness.

We’re promised instant catalog shopping — just point and click for great deals. We’ll order airline tickets over the network, make restaurant reservations and negotiate sales contracts. Stores will become obselete.

So how come my local mall does more business in an afternoon than the entire Internet handles in a month?

Even if there were a trustworthy way to send money over the Internet — which there isn’t — the network is missing a most essential ingredient of capitalism: salespeople.

What’s missing from this electronic wonderland?

Human contact.

Discount the fawning techno-burble about virtual communities.

Computers and networks isolate us from one another.

A network chat line is a limp substitute for meeting friends over coffee.

A poor substitute it is, this virtual reality where frustration is legion and where — in the holy names of Education and Progress — important aspects of human interactions are relentlessly devalued.

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