Google researching new protocol to speed up the Web

Bryan Alexander, Liberal Education Tomorrow, Nov 16, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Over the years, many people have complained about HTTP, but nobody did anything about it (mostly because nobody was big enough to make it stick). Now, Google may enter the fray with an alternative, called, SPDY (no idea what it stands for; it doesn't appear to be documented, though I've written the developers and asked). SPDY basically makes three major changes: multiplexed requests (which means you can have multiple requests in the same channel); priority requests (so you can indicate what data is most important) and compressed headers (so you don't send the same information over and over).
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