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NewsForge: Google Talk API and Source Code Release

Jan 12, 2006, 14:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nathan Willis)

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"Last month, the Jabber Software Foundation (JSF) released documentation for two extensions to the Jabber (XMPP) protocol, named Jingle Signaling and Jingle Audio. On the same day, Google--co-creators of the extensions--released a BSD-style-licensed library called libjingle, the implementation of the extensions that powers the company's Google Talk software. In addition to opening the API used in Google Talk itself, both actions will benefit open source instant messaging clients and perhaps increase the pressure on closed systems like Skype.

"Jingle Signaling is Jabber Extension Proposal 0166, and makes it possible to initiate and manage peer-to-peer sessions from within an XMPP client, and to interface with SIP and H.323 services. Jingle replaces the session management functions of the older Transport for Initiating and Negotiating Sessions (TINS) protocol (JEP-0111), and implements Network Address Translation (NAT) traversal..."

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