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The Provocateur

Dave Winer

The outspoken, programmer is best known for co-developing Really Simple Syndication. RSS is a form of Web coding that lets users not only view content from multiple Web pages in one place, but also be notified whenever those pages change. The University of Wisconsin graduate also played a key role in developing the tools that underpin blogging and podcasting. Along the way, his barbed remarks have stirred debate and rankled foes. These days, Winer continues to develop Web software and he’s editor of Scripting News, a widely read blog.