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Horizon highlights – 'How'd they do that?' edition

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Our regular roundup of sci-tech stories from across the Web includes: How'd they pull off the graphics in "Benjamin Button"? And how'd people tolerate the Web in 1996? Let’s kick it off:

Jurassic Web: The Internet of 1996 is almost unrecognizable compared with what we have today
"It's 1996, and you're bored. What do you do? If you're one of the lucky people with an AOL account, you probably do the same thing you'd do in 2009: Go online. Crank up your modem, wait 20 seconds as you log in, and there you are – 'Welcome.' You check your mail, then spend a few minutes chatting with your AOL buddies about which of you has the funniest screen name." [via Slate]

Online Ads: Even the evangelists are turning bearish
"It wasn’t too many months ago that saying online advertising would decline in 2009 was enough to get you laughed at in the blogosphere, mocked on Twitter, and have Eric Schmidt roll his eyes and explain, again, why Google ads were such a better value than traditional media." [via TechCrunch]

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