Introducing Web 3.0

Mossberg and Swisher: it's an iPhone revolution

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted May 27, 2009 11:54 AM CDT

(Newser) – 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.”

In this photo taken Wednesday, May 13, 2009, University of Missouri graduate student Jonathan Hutcheson works on his laptop as his iPhone lays beside it at a coffee shop in Columbia, Mo.   (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)
In this April 21, 2009 photo, a customer holds an Apple iPod Touch at an Apple store in Palo Alto, Calif.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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Yes, folks, we are declaring the Web 2.0 era over, because, well, when you run conferences and Web sites, you can say stuff like that. - Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher

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