A meeting this month could put the finishing touches on a new version of WebSocket, a technology for high-speed communications between browsers and servers.
Feeling festive? A Web site lets you wirelessly create holiday-themed music loops on your smartphone or tablet that play on your computer speakers -- in real time.
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 standard grew too far away from its roots as a simple Web authentication technology, author Eran Hammer-Lahav says, and now is insecure and overly broad.
Browser makers are excited about a new technology called Web Sockets, but some are scrambling after an early version raised a security problem.
SPDY, short for "speedy," is a faster and more secure successor to HTTP that Google, Facebook and Twitter have adopted.
The difficulties of supporting some new architectural features on old chips mean Firefox 4 probably will work only on Intel-basd Mac computers.
The new test version adds Twitter username and hashtag search, tab-loading controls, and restrictions on add-ons that other software might try to install.