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Google has revealed a new protocol – SPDY – that has been part of a research project to speed up the HTTP protocol that makes up the Internet. The speed increase is amazing – and sorely needed.

There is already a development version of Google’s Chrome browser available that supports SPDY; the branch is code-named Flip.

This new protocol requires a modified web server; this will be forthcoming from Google in the future. This is an exciting development that bears watching.

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