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World Wide Web Almost Old Enough to Drink; Lucy Hits the Century Mark

The Internet has been around a lot longer than 20 years, but the World Wide Web is just hitting that mark today.

As widely noted on that same Web today, it was 20 years ago on this date that Tim Berners-Lee declared the thing open for business.

In a statement that seemed bold at the time but now ranks as a dramatic understatement, Berners-Lee posted to a newsgroup that the new WWW project “merges the techniques of information retrieval and hypertext to make an easy but powerful global information system.”

Powerful, indeed.

In separate nostaligia, Google is marking what would have been Lucille Ball’s 100th birthday with a fun retro TV doodle that displays the Google name in “I Love Lucy”-style script and plays a few classic clips from the TV show. (Just click on the channel changer to see the different clips.)

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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald