Progress is showing in regards of the next incarnation of the famous Hypertext transport protocol aka http. Despite the fact that those 4 letters got banned from modern browser adress bars it’s still the cornerstone of everything your browser does with the network.
Based upon the work of Google and their SPDY implementation it comes with a lot of things that come in handy when thinking about modern demands for security, performance and multi-channel-data-transport.
Source 1: http://tools.ietf.org/id/draft-ietf-httpbis-http2-00.html
Source 2: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SPDY