Helping The Net Shed Its Wires

There will be at least a billion cell phones in use by 2003. That's just something cafe patrons and commuters are going to have to deal with. But thanks to Alain Rossman, not every stranger will treat you to half his conversation at an unseasonable volume. He will be too busy using his mobile to trade stocks or download MP3s or play chess with his buddies.

Rossman is the guy behind WAP, or wireless application protocol. Like packet switching or HTML, it doesn't sound like much, but it's vitally important to the future of the Internet. WAP lays out the rules...

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