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Happy Birthday Internet: 25 years ago today the World Wide Web opened to the public

Above: Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web, speaks at LeWeb 2014
Image Credit: Chris O’Brien

On this day back in 1991, a British researcher working in Switzerland suddenly opened a little thing called the World Wide Web to the public.

And now, 25 years later, it’s safe to say that the WWW has changed just about every aspect of our lives — for better and for worse.

The child of Tim Berners-Lee, who was then working at CERN, it has had an impact so profound and complicated that it’s difficult to even know how to make sense of it all. For some entrepreneurs, it has created vast wealth. It has toppled industries and given rise to others. It has created unprecedented power to publish and bolstered free speech, even as it has coarsened public dialogue and allowed hate groups to organize.

But one thing we can marvel at today is its sheer size.
There are 1.07 billion websites, though an estimated 75 percent are not active, according to Internet Live Stats.

The are 4.73 billion webpages.

And while the internet is more than just the World Wide Web, it’s worth noting that there are 3.4 billion people on the internet.

Finally, if you really want to go all nostalgic, be sure to check out the very first website, which went live a couple of weeks earlier on August 6. Or look at cat GIFs.

NFL’s Twitter account is sacked by hackers

Looks like the NFL needs to change its Twitter password.

The league’s official Twitter account was hacked Tuesday with a fake tweet saying Commissioner Roger Goodell had died.


A screenshot of a fake tweet saying NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell died.

“We regret to inform our fans that our commissioner, Roger Goodell, has passed away. He was 57. #RIP.”

The NFL responded quicker than a strong side safety blitz, announcing the league’s Twitter account was hacked. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy, who tweeted to confirm the hacking, added that Goodell “is alive and well.”

The hack is the latest involving big-name Twitter accounts, including pop stars Katy Perry, Drake and reality star Kylie Jenner. On Sunday, Ourmine, a hacker group with 41,000 followers on Twitter, claimed to have compromised Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn accounts. In a tweet, the group bragged about the alleged hacks and invited Zuckerberg to contact the group.

The hacks come after LinkedIn said last month more than 100 million members’ email and password combinations had been posted online. The data was taken during a 2012 data breach.

A separate set of 6.5 million encrypted passwords stolen during that attack had previously been posted.

Although the NFL deleted Tuesday’s bogus tweet, the hacker didn’t stop. In a second tweet, the hacker wrote, “Oi, I said Roger Goodell has died. Don’t delete that tweet.”

In a third tweet the hacker gave up, saying, “OK, OK, you amateur detectives win. Good job.”

The hacker’s tweets have been retweeted thousands of times.
No word if Goodell’s Deflategate nemesis, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, has seen the bogus tweets.

Goodell, who has been commissioner since 2006, later joked about the matter on Twitter: