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Quic Gives the Internet's Data Transmission Foundation a Needed Speedup

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Artist's impression of a speed-up for the Internet.

In a 2017 research paper on Quic, Google said its in-house version of the technology cut the wait for Web search results by 8% on PCs and 4% on phones.

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One of the internet's foundations just got an upgrade. Quic, a protocol for transmitting data between computers, improves speed and security on the internet and can replace Transmission Control Protocol, or TCP, a standard that dates back to Ye Olde Internet of 1974.

Earlier this week, the Internet Engineering Task Force, which sets many standards for the global network, published Quic as a standard. Web browsers and online services have been testing the technology for years, but the IETF's imprimatur is a sign the standard is mature enough to embrace fully.

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