Eh, they're all decent stories, but they're also already dated. I mean, we're already up to Chrome 16! While people are always interested in what's the best browser-Chrome right now--let's face it: that changes every few months. So, I asked myself: "What are the most significant networking stories of 2011," and this, from least to most important, is what I came up with.
At the same time, according to Akamai's Q2 2011 State of the Internet report, "looking at connection speeds, the global average connection speed was 2.6Mbps [Megabits per second], and the global average peak connection speed was 11.4Mbps. At a country/region level, South Korea had the highest average connection speed, at 13.8Mbps, and Hong Kong had the highest average peak connection speed, at 44.4Mbps." The U.S.? At 5.8Mbps average connection speed and an average peak connection of 22.1, we came in at 35th place. This is not where you want to be if you're supposed to be a technology leader... or you just want to watch a movie over the Internet.
At the same time, we're seeing attacks from foreign countries on our Web sites and Internet resources. So far, most of them have been made to steal information. But, they're already being made to attack sites as well. I hereby make a cheap prediction that sometime in 2012 we'll see a major U.S. Web site brought down thanks to an Internet attack sponsored by a foreign government. Then, maybe we'll start paying attention to this growing threat.