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Issue no. 165 - 22 July 2000
- IE 5.5 angers Web standards advocates
Microsoft came under fire from Web standards advocates over its latest browser, which lets Web developers offer their visitors fairly complex applications as long as those visitors aren't using Netscape.
- New Wireless Coalition Raises IEEE Ire
The Broadband Wireless Internet Forum has become ground zero for a heated debate over the IEEE's precise role in the recently formed industry coalition.
- News industry unveils NewsML Net language
The world's news industry looks set to start using a new online computer language after it agreed on a standard for formatting electronic content, called NewsML.
Issue no. 164 - 15 July 2000
Issue no. 163 - 9 July 2000
- Three South Korean Phone Firms choose European Standard
The three largest mobile phone operators in South Korea have decided to use the wide-band code division multiple access, or W-CDMA standard developed by Nokia and Ericsson when they are granted licenses to offer high-speed Internet access.
- U.S., Europe to Unite on Web Traffic Standards
(The Industry Standard)
The U.S. and European online audience measurement committees of the Future of Advertising Stakeholders (FAST) will join forces to establish standards for the measurement of site audiences.
Issue no. 160 - 17 June 2000
Issue no. 159 - 11 June 2000
- Battle over Digital TV standards goes global
Two standards groups, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), have set fall deadlines to sort out the thorny, entangled issues of production and API schemes for digital television architectures.
- Govt. Asked For Open Standards On Instant Messaging
In a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 43 technology and instant-messaging companies asked the government to advocate open standards and interoperability in instant messaging.
Issue no. 155 - 14 May 2000
Issue no. 153 - 1 May 2000
- AOL rival asks FCC action on IM
Tribal Voice Inc. filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission urging it to push America Online to open its AOL Instant Messenger client to outside IM providers before its merger with Time Warner Inc. is approved.
Issue no. 152 - 15 April 2000
- M-commerce alliance formed
Nokia of Finland, Motorola of the US and Ericsson of Sweden are planning a world m-commerce standard that would allow safe credit card payments using mobile phones.
Issue no. 151 - 8 April 2000
- Nortel leads Internet standards body
Nortel Networks and more than 30 Internet infrastructure, content and service providers are banding together to find ways to improve delivery of content over the Web.
Issue no. 148 - 18 March 2000
- RealNetworks Listens to MS
RealNetworks has licensed Microsoft's Windows Media software development kit to enable its users to listen to content stored in Microsoft's competing format. Microsoft also announced that portal Yahoo is licensing the Windows Media audio technology, which has been jockeying with RealNetworks to become the de facto standard for streaming and downloading music and information.
Issue no. 146 - 4 March 2000
- AOL instant messenger war continues
America Online was accused of blocking entertainment start-up iCast from tapping into its AOL Instant Messenger service.
- Sun slammed by global body over Java
The Geneva-based standards organization ECMA has issued a scathing denunciation of Sun Microsystems for pulling Java off the standardization track.
Issue no. 143 - 12 February 2000
- USA - F.C.C. Denies Request to Modify Digital TV Standard
(New York Times)
By a 5-0 vote, the Federal Communications Commission denied a petition from the Sinclair Broadcast Group asking the commission to modify the nation's digital television standard so that stations could choose to use a transmission technology that is being used in Europe and that had shown that it worked better in many circumstances.
Issue no. 140 - 22 January 2000
- Geoworks to get rich on WAP licenses
Wireless communications company Geoworks has announced that it owns Intellectual Property (IP) rights to parts of the international WAP forum and will begin collecting licensing fees from manufacturers of WAP compatible devices.
- Sun gives away PKI security sourcecode
The Sun-Netscape Alliance said it will kick start the use of digital certifications among ecommerce sites by giving away its public key infrastructure (PKI) library sourcecode.
Issue no. 137 - 18 December 1999
- Consortium proposes Net acceleration standard
Web content delivery acceleration specialist Akamai and a consortium of fellow Internet companies have proposed a standard mechanism to bring Net services closer to the user.
Issue no. 136 - 12 December 1999
Issue no. 135 - 5 December 1999
- Sun misses Java standard deadline
Sun Microsystems' effort to foster an industry consensus on its Java software is faltering for the second time this year.
- Microsoft Submits XML Standard
Microsoft has submitted a network protocol for XML communication between Windows and non-Microsoft systems to the Internet Engineering Task Force.
Issue no. 134 - 27 November 1999
- Despite Agreement, Snags Remain for Digital TV
(New York Times)
The cable television and consumer electronics industries say they have finally solved a problem that has lingered for more than 18 months as a serious impediment to digital TV.
Issue no. 133 - 18 November 1999
Issue no. 132 - 11 November 1999
- DVB Multimedia Home Platform Decision Unanimous
The DVB Steering Board approved the principles for the incorporation of existing software technologies into the DVB-MHP specification. "This is one of the most important developments in DVB to date, and presents a significant milestone on the way to finalising the Multimedia Home Platform Project. DVB is delivering on its promise to create the systems, which will facilitate convergence between the Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Computing technologies." see also ZDF begrüßt Einigung über Multimediastandard beim Digital-Fernsehen (dpa)
Issue no. 131 - 4 November 1999
Issue no. 129 - 16 October 1999
Issue no. 128 - 28 September 1999
- Standards Row Threatens EU Tetra Contracts
The European Commission has claimed that the United Kingdom has breached EU public procurement directives by insisting that companies bidding for a contract for police radio communications used a specific standard, TETRA, thus precluding bidders from offering an "equivalent" solution.
Issue no. 127 - 20 September 1999
- Microsoft shunned by Digital Broadcasting Group
Microsoft received one in the eye from the Digital Video Broadcasting Group as it announced that it would use Java as the underlying technology for its digital broadcasting standard, instead of Windows CE.
- Names, Numbers and Networks
Metadata, Intellectual Property and E-Commerce - the Way Ahead, 15 November 1999, Washington DC. Organised by (interoperability of data in e-commerce systems) an Info2000 project, supported by the European Commission DGXIII, an international initiative of rights owners creating metadata standards for e-commerce. The conference is formally co-sponsored by the US Copyright Office and the US Patent and Trademark Office and is financially supported by Muze Inc.
- Java Drills Deeper Into European DTV
Java made its digital TV debut in Europe, as key consumer vendors demonstrated Java digital broadcast applications over Multimedia Home Platform (MHP) set-tops. MHP is a set of common APIs designed to create an operating system-independent, level playing field for broadcasters and consumer electronics manufacturers. The goal is to provide all DVB-based terminals --set-tops, TV, and multimedia PCs -- full access to programs and services built on the DVB Java (DVB-J) platform.
Issue no. 126 - 8 September 1999
- AOL says to block Tribal Voice messaging users
Just as it moved against Microsoft, America Online will block an instant messaging service developed by software company Tribal Voice from communicating with AOL users. The statement came the same day that Freeserve, a British free ISP which competes with AOL, announced it has licensed Tribal Voice's Powwow instant messenger software.
- Group rejects standard Web data plan
A computer industry group standards-setting group, called RosettaNet, launched to harness the XML software language has rejected a proposed version of the standard over concerns it skewed toward U.S. companies and will prevent European companies from participating.
Issue no. 125 - 3 August 1999
Issue no. 124 - 28 July 1999
Issue no. 123 - 21 July 1999
- Consortium releases secure music spec
The music industry took its first step toward securing control over unchecked copying of digital music. The Secure Digital Music Initiative or SDMI -- a consortium of more than 110 companies from the music and computer industries -- released the initial version of its requirements for portable digital music players. see also Standards Are Set for Thwarting Music Pirates (New York Times).
- Radio industry vents fury at 'farcical' rules
Manufacturers of short-range radio systems fear that the proposed self-certification of telecoms and radio products will lead to a deluge of inferior products on to the market from overseas suppliers if the new scheme is not policed properly.
Issue no. 122 - 7 July 1999
- ITU Ratifies Full Range Of ADSL Technologies
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has formally ratified all ADSL speeds and standards.
- Standards Body Nears Accord on 3G Mobile
The standards tangle hampering the development of third generation (3G) mobile, is set to be unknotted a little. The Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) - a group formed by GSM-supporting standards bodies - will meet with the intention of bringing its specifications for 3G mobile standards in line with the proposal drawn up by the Operators Harmonization Group.
- EU - Call for expressions of interest
The European Commission is setting up an advisory panel on Information Society standardisation initiatives. The panel should include representatives of industrial users, the public interest, academia and consumers. Expertise is sought in the following areas: technological expertise as regards IT and related technologies; legal expertise related to standardisation, intellectual property rights, competition rules and anti-trust regulations; socio-economic expertise; and consumer protection and representation of public interest, in particular regarding accessibility, security, data protection and privacy. The closing date is 5 August 1999.
Issue no. 121 - 25 June 1999
- DSL modem standard gets final approval
The International Telecommunications Union gave final approval the G.lite standard, a lower-speed DSL technology aimed at the mass-market consumer.
- Rivals agree on Web buying standard
Filling out forms on e-commerce sites could get a little easier, thanks to an agreement by a group of major tech companies on a single standard for electronic wallets, the Electronic Commerce Modeling Language (ECML).
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