Could Google’s ‘Wave’ Replace E-Mail And IM?

imageE-mail and IM just don’t cut it any more, according to Google (NSDQ: GOOG). The company is rolling out a new tool that it says will make it much easier for groups to communicate in real time. Google is a little stingy on the details about Wave, as it’s called, and insists it’s still a work in progress but in an introductory blog post, Google’s Lars Rasmussen says it is a single web application that would be optimized for “computers’ current abilities.” Contrast that, he says, with e-mail, which is modeled on snail mail — or IM, which he says is modeled on phone calls. Rasmussen: “Why do we have to live with divides between different types of communication