The US Senate is expected to bring to a vote a proposed bill to require on-line vendors to collect sales tax. The bill would require that vendors begin to collect sales tax on Internet transactions from residents of the 45 states which currently collect such taxes from merchants operating "brick-and-mortar" stores within their borders.
CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) is regarded by many as the birthplace of the World Wide Web. Tim Berners-Lee, a technologist at CERN, developed the core concept as an extension and improvement to such previous infromation sharing protocols as WAIS and Gopher. Berners-Lee hosted the first web site on his NeXT at CERN and dedicated the site to explaining the concept and providing instructions for those who wanted to host their own site.