Internet security expert says no such thing as online privacy Twenty years ago Tim Berners-Lee launched the World Wide Web in a bid to better share information. Little was known about the technology and even less about the possibilities it would bring to those in the years ahead - that we would shop from the comfort our lounge rooms, doctors would examine patients from miles away and information would be at our proverbial fingertips. Twenty years on, we take a look at the World Wide Web and the broader changes we have seen courtesy of the internet, a network of networks which includes email and instant messaging services.
How about when Napster faced down Metallica and Twitter showed us what was really happening on the streets of Tehran? These are the moments of innovation that changed our world and continue to point us to the future.
The birth of the fast company It was the IPO pop heard round the world: I first realized that August 9,would be a day to remember when two coworkers bet each other on the opening and closing price of a new stock issue from a Mountain View, California—based company called Netscape Communications.
Netscape represented a bet on the potential of the Internet to transform society. It was the original Internet platform—something virtually every technology startup now aspires to be. And it was the proto-example of twentysomethings moving to California to create a company and seek their fortune, led by a visionary like Marc Andreessen.
At a time when software was still sold on disks in shrink-wrapped boxes, Netscape started releasing beta software on the Internet month after month.
It would get feedback from customers and pump out two new versions by the time those software boxes even reached stores.
Its pace of innovation—and its rush to an IPO—made it the company to emulate. And speed is the value that determines winners and losers in our hypercompetitive culture. Fact is, by lateMicrosoft had built a faster web browser than Netscape. The classifieds come to life When Craigslist launched online, it revealed the power—and value—of free information.
Steven Moreau If anything captured the early promise of the Internet, it was Craigslist. Everything about the classifieds site—its open environment, freewheeling nature, democratized content—embodied the information superhighway.
A community hub that evolved into a place where you could look for an apartment, find a job, sell goods, and search for love, Craigslist also looked like the Internet, with its blue links and HTML—gray borders and text boxes.
And it still does. Where some saw simple listings, others saw and still see opportunity. This was before PayPal and iTunes, when it was still common for people to complete eBay transactions by mailing cash or a check. All that changed inwhen Amazon introduced a small feature called 1-Click, which enabled customers to securely store their credit-card information online and make all future purchases with a single tap of their mouse.
Not only did it make shopping exceedingly and addictively easy, it also brought the magic of the Internet to life, helping to usher in an era of increasingly seamless e-commerce.
CEO Jeff Bezosnaturally, patented the 1-Click idea, and even Apple felt that the technology was so core to the future of shopping that it licensed it for its online store. Design for the masses Business travel got a lot more interesting with the launch of W Hotels.
Daria Savina Before the first W opened on a quiet stretch of Lexington Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, staying at an American hotel chain usually involved starchy floral comforters and sad, beige carpeting.
Though trendy boutique hotels like the Royalton and the Mondrian were already prioritizing design at the time, the W was the first to take a high-end aesthetic and make it available to everyone regardless of status.
By the following year, when the young brand opened its 10th outpost, W Hotels were packing in celebrities, socialites, and—most significantly—loyalty-points-hoarding business travelers.
So he pulled together a team of architects and designers to try to change that. The first W offered chic, minimalist residential rooms and dramatic public spaces with gossip-page-worthy restaurants and lobby lounges.
It was an intoxicating formula, and W Hotels quickly became a white-hot brand. Today, the chain includes 47 hotels around the world and has plus more in development. Its formula has been much-copied: A virus named Melissa One email—not Y2K—presaged our current cyberhavoc.
The scheme was more annoying than malevolent, but because it was so effectively and socially engineered, it was the first cybersecurity attack that many people experienced directly.
Napster in the spotlight When the file-sharing service got sued, it fueled a debate that continues today. Electra Sinclair What is music worth? For decades, the answer had been simple:The World Wide Web and its HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP), one of the languages used to communicate across the internet, triggered a new way of sharing information.
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