Daily Tech Briefing: July 16, 20134

By eWEEK Staff  |  Posted 2014-07-16 Print this article Print

FCC window for Net Neutrality comments closes, with a bang; Google's Nest, ARM, Samsung launch new IoT group; Cisco, Microsoft partner on data center, cloud initiatives; and more.

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Yesterday marked the end of an added 60-day window that the Federal Communications Commission had set up to collect public comments on the so-called "network neutrality" rules.

Back in May, the Commission voted 3-2 in favor of Chairman Tom Wheeler's Open Internet Notice of Proposed Rulemaking—a new rules proposal regarding net neutrality. Although the proposal states that no Internet service provider can purposefully slow down any type of internet traffic, it does allow for the possibility that companies could negotiate deals with services providers to pay for extra-fast traffic.

This highly controversial public policy issue has been a major topic of discussion, and the FCC Chief Financial Officer David Bray stated that the FCC will continue to welcome "engagement from all interested parties."

Samsung, ARM and Google's Nest business plan to develop a new wireless networking protocol for the home in the age of the Internet of things. These companies, along with Freescale Semiconductor, Silicon Labs and others announced the creation of the Thread Group.

The goal of this group will be to develop and support the Thread IP wireless networking protocol as the foundation for a wireless mesh network that can enable a wide range of home appliances and devices to connect with each other and the Internet.

Cisco Systems and Microsoft are partnering in an effort to help enterprises modernize their data centers and embrace the cloud.

The two companies announced a three-year agreement to integrate such products as Cisco's Unified Computing System converged data center solution and Nexus networking switches with Microsoft's Cloud OS offerings, including Windows Server, SQL Server, Hyper-V and Azure cloud platform.

Google Search is launching a new service that will alert mobile device users when a Website will not be fully compatible with their device, in an effort to help people learn why the sites they are seeking aren't working properly.

These alerts are being created by Google algorithms that detect when Web pages include code that won't work on their devices.


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