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Vint Cerf sounds off on who really created the Internet

Vint Cerf sounds off on who really created the Internet

It's been a rather bizarre few days. On Sunday, Gordon Crovitz published an opinion article at The Wall Street Journal, claiming that the US government's involvement in the creation and launch of the Internet was quite a bit more modest than we've been led to believe. "It's an urban legend that the government launched the Internet," Crovitz wrote, sparking a debate that spans numerous blogs and news sites. Now Vinton Cerf, whose work helped developed TCP/IP networking protocols, has attempted to set the record straight in an interview with CNET, saying that the government was indeed very involved in the creation of the Internet.

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Google, Amazon, eBay, Facebook form The Internet Association

Google, Amazon, eBay, Facebook form The Internet Association

2012 has been a year filled with stories about Washington trying to regulate the Internet, and now it seems that some of the web's biggest faces are coming together to do something about it. Google, Facebook, Amazon, and eBay have joined forces to form a new Washington lobbying group called the Internet Association, which aims to "advance public policy solutions that strengthen and protect an open, innovative and free Internet." The group will be led by former Deputy Staff Director to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Michael Beckerman.

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Internet Doomsday simple fix rundown

Internet Doomsday simple fix rundown

Believe it or not, this so-called "Internet Doomsday" you've heard about over the past week or so is a real situation - but taking care of it on your own computer is not as terrifying as the name of the day suggests. The so-called virus is called DNSChanger, and thought the fear-mongering amongst us would have all collecting water and dry food for the oncoming electrical winter, there's not actually that much to worry about. In fact, according to several internet service providers across the country, nothing significant has even appeared on their grid as the day has progressed.

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Mary Meeker presents latest Internet Trends at D10

Mary Meeker presents latest Internet Trends at D10

Mary Meeker, a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers (KPCB), presented her latest Internet Trends report at the All Things Digital D10 conference this morning. Meeker's annual state of the web presentation has always been a highlight of the conference, delivering a comprehensive summary of what's happening in tech. This year it's a massive 112-slide deck focused on mobile adoption and its resulting requirement of re-inventing business models.

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“Bat-Signal for the Internet” teased by “Internet Defense League”

“Bat-Signal for the Internet” teased by “Internet Defense League”

This week you'll find that no greater defense against those that would have their evil way with the web can be found than the "Bat-Signal for the Interet" as teased by Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian. This fellow is one of several internet activists working together to protest web-containing bills such as SOPA, PIPA, and CISPA, three of the more famous bits of legislation to have popped up in Washington and abroad this past several months. To defend said internet, Ohanian and friends will be working in what they call the "Internet Defense League" with which they intend to be taken entirely seriously.

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Quitting the Internet is Silly

Quitting the Internet is Silly

Paul Miller, a writer for the Web site The Verge, has famously quit the Internet. For a year. I say famously, because every writer from The Verge that I follow is completely obsessed with this topic. While this is a site that normally operates like a Band of Brothers and Sisters on social networks, the level of buzz that Miller's decision has garnered has been even more extreme. CNN covered this 'event' as news. Let me reiterate that I follow almost every writer from The Verge on Twitter, and I count quite a few of them as friends and the rest as respected colleagues. So I hope they'll take this gentle ribbing in stride. But I must say, quitting the Internet is silly.

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Evrythng to connect physical objects to the internet

Evrythng to connect physical objects to the internet

Can you imagine a world where every physical object around you is somehow connected to the internet? A world where your toaster warns you about inclement weather, your digital camera suggests when it's best to go out for a shoot, and your musical instrument connects you with other same-level musicians in your area. This initiative is so called "The Internet of Things" and a new company called Evrythng has plans to really start pushing the envelope in this arena.

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Fitbit Aria WiFi scales tell the internet you’re fat

Fitbit Aria WiFi scales tell the internet you’re fat

Fitbit has launched Aria, the company's first WiFi-enabled scales, capable of automatically recognizing up to eight different users and squirting their weight to a cloud-based fitness center. Best known for the clip-on Fitbit dongle that tracks exercise, Fitbit says these new scales were actually prompted by user-requests; however it's also worth noting that Withings has been offering wirelessly-enabled scales for some time now.

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