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Internet Timeline 2001

Wikipedia / New TLDs / Radio Silence / Tech Stock Blues

Hosts:125,888,197    WebHosts:36,276,252    Users:494,366,000

Wikipedia launched on January 2001 as a free online English-language encyclopedia project. It now contains over 19 million articles. Almost all of its articles can be edited by anyone with access to the site, and it has about 90,000 active contributors. As of July 2011, there were editions of Wikipedia in 282 languages. As for its accuracy, a peer-reviewed comparison of selected science articles in the printed Encyclopedia Britannica with the online user-edited Wikipedia, conducted by the journal Nature, rates the Wikipedia nearly as accurate as Britannica.

New TLDs
ICANN selected new top level domains (TLDs) .aero, .biz, .coop, .info, .museum, .name, .pro.

Radio Silence
Radio stations broadcasting over the Web went silent over artist royalty disputes. About the same time a federal judge ruled that Napster must remain offline until it could prevent copyrighted material from being shared by its users.

Tech Stock Blues
Many high tech stocks including the big boys like CSCO, ORCL, and SUNW saw 2-year lows as investor confidence dove due to massive dot-com failures in 2000 and below-estimate returns in 2001.

Stocks Fall