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Short Take: Firms plan to boost device services

A group of companies have begun an effort to create a standard that would make it easier to conduct Internet services such as virus scanning, data compression or targeted Web advertising on the devices people use to connect to the Web. The companies, led by Network Appliance and Akamai Technologies, plan to submit a standard called the Internet Content Adaptation Protocol to the Internet Engineering Task Force early in 2000, the companies said. The standard, if implemented, would make it easier for servers that make up the brains of the Internet to tailor the information they deliver to specific devices such as cell phones.

A group of companies have begun an effort to create a standard that would make it easier to conduct Internet services such as virus scanning, data compression or targeted Web advertising on the devices people use to connect to the Web. The companies, led by Network Appliance and Akamai Technologies, plan to submit a standard called the Internet Content Adaptation Protocol to the Internet Engineering Task Force early in 2000, the companies said. The standard, if implemented, would make it easier for servers that make up the brains of the Internet to tailor the information they deliver to specific devices such as cell phones.