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How to buy the World Wide Web for just $1000

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WWW creator says he’ll auction the World Wide Web source code as a NFT, starting at $1000

The creator of the World Wide Web Sir Tim Berners-Lee announced he’ll auction the original World Wide Web source code as an NFT.

Sotheby will be hosting the action titled “This Changed Everything” between June 23 and 30 in a standalone online auction.

“Three decades ago, I created something which has been a powerful tool for humanity,” said Sir Tim.

“For me, the best bit about the web has been the spirit of collaboration.”

Sir Tim Berners-Lee

What will the NFT purchase include?

The NFT will include the time-stamped files containing the source code written by Sir Tim.

The WWW auction package will also include an animated visualisation of the code, a personal letter from the creator and a digital “poster” of the full code. Sir Tim will also digitally sign all parts of the NFT.

The full code amounts to nearly 10,000 lines of HTML, HTTP and URI in total, The code also includes the original HTML instructions for early web users.

“I sincerely hope its use knowledge and potential will remain open and available to us all to continue to innovate, create and initiate the next technological transformation, that we cannot yet imagine,” said Sir Tim.

“They are the ideal way to package the origins behind the web.”

Sir Tim Berners-Lee

What are NFTs?

NFT stands for “non-fungible token”. Each NFT is entirely unique, and cannot be replaced. Most NFTs form part of the Ethereum blockchain.

Sir Tim says NFTs are the web’s “latest playful creation” and the most “appropriate means of digital ownership that exists.”

“Why an NFT? Well, it’s a natural thing to do as when you’re a computer scientist and when you
write code and have been for many years. It feels right to digitally sign my autograph on a
completely digital artefact,” he added.

What is an NFT? - MintLife Blog

History of the World Wide Web

The “WorldWideWeb” application was the first hypermedia browser. It allowed users to create and
navigate links between files across a network of computers.

Three decades later, that single server and website has turned into over 1.7 billion websites being accessed by 4.6 billion people around the world.

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A mission to “re-decentralise” the web

Today, Sir Tim is working on a project called Solid, which aims to bring the web ‘closer to his original vision’ when things were completely open and without centralisation.

Sir Tim says the movement to “redecentralise” the web is gaining traction.

He hopes that the movement will empower users with ownership of their own data.

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  • Keira is the front-page editor at Ticker NEWS. She's previously worked at Reuters in Jakarta, and ABC in Australia. She has a Bachelor of Journalism, specialising in international politics. Keira is particularly interested in writing about politics, technology and human rights.

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‘It was hard to breathe’: Zhengzhou flood terror as train submerged

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China’s Zhengzhou is sinking, with thousands trying to flee

Desperate passengers have tried to flee a Chinese subway station drowning in floodwater, as Zhengzhou cops record rainfall.

In one train carriage, water seeped in and rose from ankle to waist, to then, neck height.

Panicked commuters stretched upwards to breathe, while others lifted shorter people into the shrinking air pocket above.

Terrifying videos published on social media captured the moment some passengers stood on chairs and clung to the ceiling, hoping not to drown.

One tried to smash a window, before realising that there was even more water outside the carriage

“I can’t speak any more,” one woman wrote on the social media site Weibo. “If no rescue comes in 20 minutes, hundreds of us will lose our lives.”

Another woman who gave her name as “Ms. Li ” told Elephant News. “We were all standing on the seats, and the water was already on our knees,”

After about an hour, the train carriage was plunged into darkness and the oxygen level dropped significantly as people started to panic.

“I was really scared”

Some shorter passengers had water up to their necks, adding that as time went on the air supply began to diminish.

After several hours of fear and uncertainty, rescuers were able to gain access through the roof of the carriage and pulled people out. “We knocked on the glass a bit [on the ceiling]. Then suddenly there was air,” an unnamed woman told state broadcaster CCTV.

Hundreds saved from flooding subway tunnel

Hundreds of people were eventually saved from the flooded subway tunnel in Zhengzhou. The city has a population of more than 10 million people, and many take public transport.

Chinese scientists say global warming has made the situation more dangerous and warn that extreme weather could become more frequent in the future.

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Bitcoin bounces back as Musk announces Tesla to accept crypto again

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Bitcoin has risen by more than 8 percent, rebounding after erasing most of its gains, with Ether and Dogecoin also moving into the green

It follows Tesla CEO Elon musk reiterating his backing of cryptocurrencies and confirming he owns multiple coins.

Musk also says Space Exploration Technologies Corp owns Bitcoin, just like Tesla.

“It looks like bitcoin is shifting a lot more toward renewables and a bunch of the heavy-duty coal plants that were being used…have been shut down, especially in China,” said Musk at an event hosted by the Crypto Council for Innovation.

However Musk continued saying that “one thing you do need to watch out for with crypto, especially bitcoin, using proof of work, using energy that’s a bit too much and not necessarily good for the environment.”

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 21: Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk arrives at “Revenge Of The Electric Car” Premiere held at Landmark Nuart Theatre on October 21, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)

“I want to do a little more due diligence to confirm that the percentage of renewable energy usage is most likely at or above 50% and that there is a trend toward increasing that number. If so, Tesla will most likely resume accepting bitcoin,” he said.

Will the bounce up stay?

Since May, most cryptocurrencies have tumbled dramatically, with around $1.3 trillion wiped from the market value.

Bitcoin has faced numerous challenges in recent times… including regulatory scrutiny in China, Europe and the U.S.

Authorities around the world are concerned about the level of energy needed by the computers that undermine the entire network.

“Long-term, renewable energy will be the cheapest energy, but it doesn’t just happen overnight,” Musk added. “But as long as there is a conscious and determined, real effort by the mining community to move toward renewables, then obviously Tesla can support that.”

Analysts also believe investors are also becoming increasingly more cautious about sceptical assets.

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Crypto suffers huge losses across the board – but can they recover?

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Bitcoin has fallen bellow $30,000 for the first time since June, and Ethereum is suffering huge losses across the board. Could this be the end of crypto?

Around 98 billion dollars was wiped off the entire cryptocurrency market in 24 hours, in what comes as huge losses for crypto investors.

Bitcoin is down more than 6%, and Ethereum fells almost 9%. Since bitcoin’s all-time high of nearly $65,000 in mid-April, its price has plunged over 50 percent

The co-founder of one of the earliest rivals to bitcoin has sensationally abandoned the cryptocurrency market, sending prices tumbling.

Ethereum has dropped massively in recent days. Picture: CoinDesk
Ethereum has dropped massively in recent days.

Co-founder leaves Ethereum

The crash follows Ethereum co-founder Anthony Di Iorio making a dramatic exit from the crypto world at the end of last week. The Canadian entrepreneur says he plans to sell his Toronto-based blockchain company Decentral.

Di Iorio said he believes the startup is worth “hundreds of millions.” He plans to sell the company for fiat, or equity in another company rather than crypto.

Di Iorio financed Ethereum at its inception. Ethereum is the second biggest cryptocurrency after Bitcoin. Ether, the native token of the network, has a market value of about $225 billion.

Ethereum is home of many of the hottest crypto projects, especially in decentralized finance. This allows people to borrow, lend and trade with each other without intermediaries like banks.

“It’s got a risk profile that I am not too enthused about”

He told Bloomberg he was leaving crypto behind because he was tired of feeling unsafe. He plans to redirect his focus on philanthropy in the future.

“I don’t feel necessarily safe in this space,” said Di lorio. Since 2017, a security team has escorted him whenever he leaves his house.

Forbes evaluated his net worth at about US$1 billion in 2018. The value of Ethereum has more than doubled since then. For now, crypto enthusiasts will need to wait and see whether the loss continues.

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