Dr. Scott’s Predictions for 2009

  • Many Newspapers continue to struggle those that have high debt levels will consolidate, retrench through bankruptcy, or good old liquidation. .continue trend of starting to limit home delivery or not produce “physical paper” and go with pure web strategy like the Christian Science Monitor.
  • Yahoo gets bought – Maybe News Corp, maybe Disney, probably Microsoft. This train wreck has got to end. (What was Jerry Yang and the board thinking when they rebuffed multiple offers from Microsoft?)
  • Facebook blows away Myspace Already happening Myspace is the Yahoo to Facebook’s Google  . . .Niche social networking like Linkedin find place and start to chip at dominance of “general” social networking sites.
  • Android becomes more prominent Google’s open source smart phone OS challenges major phone Operating Systems with the exception of Apple’s Iphone.  Google releases smart phone with major carrier that is free and is supported by advertising. Android powered Netbook released by year-end.
  • Iphone becomes more dominant moves into second spot behind Nokia for the most handsets shipped 2009. Apple release Iphone nano smaller, more compact, cheaper
  • Twitter becomes hottest and most prevalent new social networking technology
  • RFID technology begins to take hold in retail starts to supplement bar code technology to enhance retail experience. .ie checkout and inventory control. Huge shot in the dark without Wal-Mart this will never happen this is an idea whose time has come but will probably be pushed out a few years.
  • Google tries to make big social networking push (again) via its own technology or through a variety of in house development and key acquisitions (Twitter)
  • New Apple products will include Netbook, New Mac Mini, and Iphone Nano
  • Hottest Retailer – Justice
  • Big Three turns into Big Two Ford has legs, Chrysler has no value with the exception of Jeep division and Hemi technology, GM who  knows  . . . but if they were smart they would jettison US operations and focus on international.
  • Real Estate market through most of the US gets worse before it gets better no recovery until spring 2010 at earliest. Although I do see Obama administration switch some focus of bailouts from big companies to homeowners who are in danger of foreclosure.
  • Brittany and Kfed reconcile and become greatest husband-wife team since Sonny and Cher

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