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A multifaceted sound compression technology is now a standard, smoothing its way to use in technologies such as Web-based voice chats and videoconferencing. Next up: video?
The Net giant has lodged its video codec with the Internet standards group--but the move is independent from standardization, Google says.
A few days after AT&T said its push toward "paid prioritization" of network traffic is backed by technical standards, the Internet's primary standards body disagrees.
Not wanting Google's SPDY to hog the spotlight, Microsoft offers its own HTTP Speed+Mobility technology to make the Web faster. Expect more details this week at an IETF meeting.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the body that sets standards for the Web's address system, on Monday named Dr. Stephen Crocker as chairman of a newly formed Standing Committee on Security and Stability. Crocker helped develop protocols for ARPAnet, a precursor to the current Internet, and organized the forerunner of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), a key Net standards body. The announcement comes as ICANN continues to be challenged by outspoken critics of its policies. ICANN has been engaged in a heated battle with Web address administrators in Europe, which say the group must guarantee the stability of servers that link domains.
A new working group within the Internet Engineering Task Force has been approved to create a secure email standard based on RSA Data Security's S/MIME specifications. However, the working group will add language to include non-RSA encryption algorithms. The move means S/MIME is formally back on the IETF standards track, joining another secure email specification called openPGP, based on Pretty Good Privacy technology.
The company is taking heat from the Internet Engineering Task Force about its tactics during the S/MIME standards process.
The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has announced that OpenPGP protocol, Network Associates' open-standards version of its Pretty Good Privacy encryption technology, is being proposed as a standard for the Internet. The IETF is accepting comment on the proposal. The protocol likely will spread the use of encryption, as it will allow anyone to develop PGP-enabled computer security products independent of Network Associates.