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Top Tech Predictions for 2009: Wall Street Speaks

6 Jan

J.P. Morgan and Barclays Capital both released top tech predictions lists for 2009. Here’s a look:

Imran Khan’s 2009 Tech Predictions (J.P. Morgan)

  1. Potential search deal likely between Yahoo! and Microsoft
  2. Net Neutrality should become an important mainstream issue
  3. Challenges in monetizing video advertising should persist
  4. Mobile usage should continue its strong growth momentum, but mobile
    advertising will likely be challenging this year
  5. Possible bankruptcies in brick-and-mortar retail should create opportunities
    for eCommerce companies
  6. M&A consolidation activities could potentially resume during 2H’09 (IPO market is dead until 2010)

Doug Anmuth’s 2009 Tech Predictions (Barclays Capital)

  1. Yahoo and eBay will make major strategic decisions
  2. Performance-based advertising will be more important than ever
  3. Increased Competition For Search Distribution Via Toolbars, OEM Deals, and Partnerships
  4. Proliferation of Smart Phones Will Drive The Mobile Internet
  5. Small Strategic Acquisitions Will Re-Emerge
  6. Ad Networks To Consolidate

Hat Tip: Erik Schoenfeld, TechCrunch

Microsoft Examines Causes of ‘Cyberchondria’

28 Nov

A new survey from Microsoft  suggests that self-diagnosis by search engine frequently leads Web searchers to conclude the worst about what ails them. John Markoff reported on the study in the November 25 issue of The New York Times.    Microsoft's goal is to position its search service as a reliable health advisor.  According to Ryen White and Eric Horvitz, the AI researchers who conducted the research, "directly tackling cyberchondria is an opportunity to leverage readily-available expertise in the information-retrieval and medical informatics communities in areas such as document ranking, user modeling, machine learning, and user interface design for the direct benefit of the many people turning to the Web to interpret common medical symptoms."