The programming genius helped solve problems that allowed the Internet to move forward. He later challenged the practice of charging to download case law.

By MSN Money Partner Jan 14, 2013 4:55PM

File photo of Aaron Swartz in August 2007 (© Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)By Brendan Greeley, Bloomberg Businessweek 

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The Internet is not so old. Its graybeards live still.

Vint Cerf, author of the Internet Protocol, has been installed as Google's "chief Internet evangelist," a ceremonial title he chose himself.

Tim Berners-Lee, who gave us HTML, has been knighted. He now sits at the head of his own foundation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a guardian of the language he wrote. And languages are the best way to think of these contributions.

The Internet is a voluntary agreement, a group of languages we've all decided to have in common. The Internet Protocol allows computers to talk to each other. You could use a different language, but since the rest of the world already speaks IP, you'd be lonely, speaking only to yourself.

When he was barely a teenager, Aaron Swartz began playing with XML, an Internet language like Sanskrit or classical Greek -- flexible, elegant and capable of great complexity.


A jurisdictional dispute has broken out over Vert.x, an open-source application framework. The protagonists have pledged cooperation, in the open-source spirit.

By TheStreet Staff Jan 11, 2013 7:11PM

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The cloud is the first computing revolution created in the era of open-source.


Most of cloud computing runs on open source, though there are prominent exceptions, such as's (AMZN) proprietary Application Program Interface used for its EC2 cloud, and VMware's (VMW) vSphere virtualization system.

"Big data" system Hadoop is an open source tool. And OpenStack, the cloud infrastructure originally developed through NASA then run as open source by Rackspace Hosting (RAX) is now managed by an independent OpenStack Foundation.


The tech titan may want an automaker as it pursues its plan for a driverless car.

By TheStreet Staff Jan 10, 2013 2:05PM

Trucks at a Ford dealership in Littleton, Colo. © David Zalubowski/AP Photo; The Google self-driving car © KAREN BLEIER/AFP/GettyImagesBy Dana Blackenhorn, TheStreetthestreet logo


Sometimes I engage in a silly exercise of who might buy whom, based strictly on market cap.


In playing the game early this week I noticed that Google (GOOG) is now worth more than $240 billion and Ford Motor (F) is worth just less than $52 billion. Google could buy Ford more than four times over.


The idea sounds ridiculous, until you realize how much work Google has been doing in the last few years on self-driving cars.


Car companies and tech companies are growing closer. Google has a deal with Hyundai to put its Google Maps into select vehicles, starting this year. All car companies have been increasing the amount of electronics in their vehicles -- it's a relatively cheap upgrade that can add significantly to the price and perceived value of a new vehicle.


If the rumors are true, it would signal a retreat from the innovation that made Apple stand out. Tim Cook wouldn't do that. Would he?

By TheStreet Staff Jan 9, 2013 2:06PM

By Rocco Pendola, TheStreet  thestreet logo


Supersized smartphones, tablets and televisions sets -- that sums up the innovation coming out of this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Other than larger screens for the most popular gadgets and automotive technologies from companies such as Ford Motor (F) and Verizon  Communications (VZ), there's little of interest for the mass market.


Apple (AAPL) is absent from CES this year. That means other companies have the opportunity to pounce. And what do they do with it? Absolutely nothing. 


By collecting real-time data through set-top boxes, Dish may develop a new way for the industry to sell advertisements.

By MSN Money Partner Jan 8, 2013 6:36PM
Three Dish Network satellite dishes at an apartment complex in Palo Alto, Calif. (© Paul Sakuma/AP Photo)By Alex Sherman, Bloomberg Bloomberg on MSN Money 

Dish Network (DISH), the nation's second- largest satellite provider, is developing a feature that would let advertisers see what people are watching in real time, setting the stage for last-minute auctions of ad space.

The company is looking to build on a viewership-tracking service introduced in November on its Hopper set-top boxes. The feature, called “What’s Hot Now,” allows Hopper users to see what other Dish customers are watching and flip to the most popular programs.

By collecting real-time data through set-top boxes, Dish may develop a new way for the industry to sell advertisements, Warren Schlichting, Dish’s senior vice president of media sales and analytics, said in an interview. The move also could improve the company’s relationship with advertisers, the victims of a technology that Dish introduced to skip commercials using a single button on a remote control.



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