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Report: Web Pages are Getting More Bloated, Average Size is Up 25% From Last Year

Our browsers are getting faster and so are our Internet connections, but in parallel to this, the web pages we download are actually getting bigger, too. According to uptime monitoring service Pingdom, the average web site grew an astonishing 25% over the last year. The main culprits here are images and JavaScript. Images now weigh in at 451 kB on the average web page, an increase of 21% compared to the 372 kB Pingdom recorded 12 months ago. While they are smaller on average than images, the size of the average JavaScript files on a web page is now 149 kB, up 45% from last year.

Browsers

Mozilla Officially Launches Firefox 6

Mozilla today officially launched Firefox 6, the latest stable version of its popular browser. Since its switch to a more frequent release schedule, Mozilla has already pushed out a number of releases, so version numbers themselves are becoming significantly less useful at this point and most of the updates are rather small. Indeed, users who expect this to be a major update will be sorely disappointed as Mozilla only made minor tweaks to the user interface and didn’t add any major new features in this new version besides a new permissions tool for site-specific permissions.

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CloudFlare Wants to Make Your Site Faster and Safer

Eight months ago, CloudFlare launched its free content delivery network service, which I’ve been using on all of my sites since the day it became available. Today, at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, the company announced its newest product: CloudFlare Apps. This new service allows CloudFlare users to install popular web apps like Apture, Typekit, Pingdom…

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Microsoft Wants to Make Emails More Interactive: Partners with LivingSocial, Netflix, Posterous and Others

Microsoft wants to make emails more interactive and turn them into small web apps. Today’s emails mostly consist of static text or HTML and, for the most part, this has not changed much since the advent of the modern Internet. Theoretically, you could run interactive elements inside an HTML email with the help of JavaScript and other web technologies, but for security reasons, virtually every online and offline email client does not allow this. Because of this, when you open your daily LivingSocial email, the email can’t include an interactive widget that tells you how much time you have left to buy or if a deal is already sold out.

Microsoft wants to change this, however, and is partnering with LivingSocial, Netflix, LinkedIn, Monster and Posterous to bring interactive elements to their emails when they appear in Microsoft’s Windows Live Hotmail service.

Browsers

Firefox 4 has Arrived: 5 Reasons Why You Should Install it Now

Mozilla just released Firefox 4, the next generation of its popular Internet browser. The new version is not just significantly faster than Firefox 3, but it also features a new, highly streamlined interface and a number of new tools that should make Firefox 4 even more popular among power users (many of which moved to Google Chrome during Firefox 4’s prolonged development phase).