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.
ICANN, eager to wean itself from the US Commerce Department, will set up the "multistakeholder" governance it has sought for overseeing the Internet's core workings.
The proposed CU-RTC-Web standard was late to the game, but Microsoft thinks it'll be faster to adopt it than to fix the prevailing WebRTC that Mozilla and Google favor. Mozilla completely disagrees.
A technology to improve the fundamental HTTP Web technology wins some endorsements from Facebook, Akamai, Alibaba, and F5. But about that encryption requirement...
Cisco and Mozilla reps declare that the free, open distribution of the H.264 codec enables streaming of real-time online video from the browser without plugins.
Web sites complying with the policy will automatically prompt browsers accessing it to always interact with it over a secure connection.
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.
Nokia refuses to license patents it says are needed to use Google's video technology, sullying Google's earlier patent deal. But WebRTC could still spread VP8 widely, lowering Web video costs for startups and schools.