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Granted it has been a 15 year vesting period and the payout is a partly $1.2 million or E1 million in comparison to other web pioneers, but Tim Berners-Lee finally gets his due with the Millennium Technology Prize from the Finnish Technology Award Foundation.

Great quotes: “Rather than patenting his idea for the World Wide Web, Berners-Lee and colleague Robert Cailliau, working at CERN (the European Particle Physics Laboratory in Geneva), insisted on a license-free technology. If they hadn’t, Berners-Lee says, the Web wouldn’t be the interoperable linkup that it is. “There would have been a CERN Web, a Microsoft one, there would have been a Digital one, AppleÂ’s HyperCard would have started reaching out Internet roots,” he said. “And all of these things would have been incompatible.” (links via MIT Technology Review and Scripting News)