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Monday, 09 June 2014 11:03

Steve Jobs invented the world wide web

Written by Nick Farrell

Tame Apple press knows no shame

Desperate to get Apple into the papers, Business Insider made the bizarre claim that Steve Jobs helped to invented the world wide web. This one has to go down in our list of Tame Apple Press stories in which fact is turned into spin that only Apple fanboys can believe.

It starts with a true thing that in in March, 1989, Tim Berners-Lee conceived the World Wide Web while working as a software engineer at CERN. Scientists would come to the CERN research centre from all over the world, bringing their own computers that used all sorts of operating systems and software. One scientist couldn't find or access another's research, Berners-Lee said. Berners-Lee thought it would be possible to create a thin layer which would map all these existing systems into one virtual system.

So how did Steve Jobs get involved? Business Insider said that Berners-Lee bought a NeXT computer. NeXT was a machine made by Steve Jobs when he was kicked out of Apple. When you opened the computer you got a pre-recorded message from Steve that said, 'Welcome to the NeXT. This is not about personal computing. It's about 'inter-personal' computing.' Berners-Lee said that idea "inter-personal computing" really stuck with him.

So the story really is that Berners-Lee invented the WWW, Steve Jobs had no input in the idea other than the fact that Berners-Lee owned one of the few NeXT computers. In fact Jobs had less to do with the WWW than Al Gore did inventing the Internet.

Nick Farrell

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