O'Reilly published Release 2.0 from February 2007 (when we acquired Esther Dyson's Release 1.0 newsletter) through April 2009. In this print journal, we endeavored to provide "news from the future." Looking back, we did a pretty good job. Themes included open source hardware, information visualization, web operations and performance, geo, and big data--all of which matter even more today. We've made PDFs of the entire archive freely available, so read, remember, and learn.
The mobile phone is fast becoming the 'PC of the developing world.' For the vast majority of the world's poor the mobile phone has made it convenient to send and receive money, pay bills, and enjoy other services once limited to people with bank and debit card accounts.
Big Data: when the size and performance requirements for data management become significant design and decision factors for implementing a data management and analysis system. For some organizations, facing hundreds of gigabytes of data for the first time may trigger a need to reconsider data management options. For others, it may take tens or hundreds of terabytes before data size becomes a significant consideration.
Where 2.0: The State of the Geospatial Web
The Geospatial Web (aka the GeoWeb) is a rapidly evolving Web 2.0 market of innovative data and software applications—including location-based services, social software, and even augmented reality—for both the web and mobile devices. Propelled by the new location-aware iPhone, the GeoWeb is hurtling into the mainstream. This special issue lays out the new generation of geo products and services, identify the major players, and show how your business can leverage the power of Where 2.0.
Velocity: Web Operations & Performance
In this special issue of Release 2.0, we look at the state of web operations, examine early signals of where it's going, and present the industry's best practices and most interesting players. Also available as a stand-alone O'Reilly Radar research report, this issue is a complement to O'Reilly's inaugural Velocity conference for web performance and operations.
A year after Release 2.0 first looked at what financial markets and web markets have to teach one another, it can seem like the two groups are still talking past each other. But we're seeing early signs of how Wall Street and Web 2.0 can work together-and deepening evidence that the two may become inextricable.
The Next Generation of CRM
Customer Relationship Management systems are changing in response to the possibilities (and competition) offered by Web 2.0 technologies and even that old standby, email. The quest to harness--and make truly useful--the firehose of information about people, relationships, and activity is entering a new era.
In this issue of Release 2.0, we consider the state of the open source hardware products and business models that are emerging. It's the future of manufacturing - and early signs of it are here now.
The good news? The Web has become mainstream. The bad news? The Web has become mainstream! As the Web moves closer to the center of our businesses and our lives, it's important to step back and consider what isn't yet anywhere near the center. What areas haven't yet been discovered by the masses? What's happening at the Web's edge-and how might it redefine the mainstream?
This issue's theme is Information Visualization--the art of displaying complex data to increase understanding and improve decisions. It examines the state of Information Visualization, how it got here, and where it might be going, and presents compelling stories of Information Visualization at work.
What makes the net great us also precisely what makes it so dangerous. The virtual world is becoming so similar to the real one that some think the overt laws, or at least agreed-upon rules, may be necessary for the Net to survive in its current open form. If the internet can be ruined by everything from criminals to overzealous politicians responding to those criminals, then how can it be saved? We explore this issue in Release 2.0: Issue 3.
Web 2.0 and financial markets have a lot in common. Both are highly networked information markets driven by collective intelligence. Both have a lot of money at stake. But financial markets have been around a lot longer and are much bigger and more mature, so they might give us insight into possible futures for the Web 2.0 economy. And when you look closer, you can see that Wall Street is learning from Web 2.0, too. We've barely begun studying the implications of this analogy and the crosstalk between these two marketplaces, but we've already uncovered so much of value that we decided to share what we've learned so far in order to start a broader conversation.
"An astute observer can note the faint signals of the coming future, extrapolate from them, and begin to divine the business implications." – Tim O'Reilly
In this inaugural issue of Release 2.0, we hope to begin to give you insight into what the alpha geeks are doing today that will be crucial to your business two or more years from now. Who has begun to understand the new rules of business, the unexpected transformations of leverage that will create new winners and losers? What are those rules? And whether you're an entrepreneur, an investor, or a corporate technology strategist, how can you apply them to create value for your business?