On Oct 2, 2012 NIST announced Keecak was the winner of the SHA3 Cryptographic Hash Algorithm Competition. This algorithm is out of Italy and Belgium. Bruce Schneier's (my most favorite cryptographer) team who submitted the Skein algorithm came in second. It's difficult to say what the future of SHA3 will hold being that SHA1 is still the gold standard, so probably widespread implementation won't be for several years. Just wondering when pgp will start implementing this particular algorithms in its nightly releases. As far as widespread use by different browsers, I'd say SHA3 implementation won't be for several years unfortunately.


http://keccak.noekeon.org/
http://csrc.nist.gov/groups/ST/hash/...ner_sha-3.html
http://csrc.nist.gov/groups/ST/hash/...nouncement.pdf
https://www.schneier.com/