This is not strictly bind to Drupal, but more a general thing. I did had to get involved due to a Drupal related job.
I have lately been heavily exposed to feeds/syndication protocols pushing the boundaries of what I knew in relation to this subject. There are lots of other news services (facebook, twitter, etc...) but the ones described over here provide a common ground/language that's open to anyone. You'll just need a reader (there are many including Firefox/Thunderbird) and you are set to go.
Today I assisted a Webminar from CommerceGuys. Drupal 8 will introduce a new architecture that eventually will render current modules obsolete. The initiative seems strong, moving along, has technical reasons behind it, etc... I was relieft to learn current module system will coexist for some time, their plan seems to be a gradual change.