Web 2.0’s a thing of the past, write Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher for All Things D. "Something major is happening at the intersection of tech and media, and we think it deserves its own new hyped-up name,” they announce. Web 3.0 is the era of “the thin client, running clean, simple software, against cloud-based data and services”—and the leaders of the revolution are the iPhone and iPod Touch.
The “excitement and energy” surrounding the devices recall the “formative years” of the PC. This isn’t just about Apple, though: “Already Palm, Research in Motion, Nokia, Microsoft, and others are hot on Apple’s tail,” and media companies are jumping into the fray, with news sources accessible on the iPhone, Blackberry, and Kindle. And all this innovation despite the recession, Mossberg and Swisher note: “The digital tidal wave rolls on.”