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>> Tom Merritt: Welcome to CNET top five, where each time we meet, we count down another hot CNET list, I've Tom Merritt.
>> Tom Merritt: Every year all these pundits make all these predictions for the coming year, I know what's going to happen. But most forget to go back and look at how well they did. And of course, we'll look at the stuff they got wrong. Let's count down the worst 2007 tech predictions. At number five somebody will buy Yahoo. This rumor took many forms, Google, Microsoft, even AOL, were all suspected purchasers of the apparently bereft Yahoo. As it turns out, Yahoo's still single girls or guys. Coming in at number four, Amazon will be punished for web services. Everyone even John Bartel [phonetic], seemed to think that Amazon would build [assumed spelling] out all these web services, and then their stock would take a beating. As it turns out they [inaudible] MP3's, an E-book reader, and doubled their stock price. All that stuff's not necessarily related, of course. Up to number three, the Google operating system. Our formerly own, Veronica Belmont was among the many to predict a desktop OS from the Goog [assumed spelling]. And true they did come out with a mobile phone platform, so kind of close, but it's far from the Window's killer everyone expected. Sliding in at number two, Window's Vista, will help Window's Live take off. Turns out neither really happened, XP is more desired now then Vista, and Window's Live is known as who [assumed spelling] to most people. Before we get to number one, let's be fair, and look at my five worst predictions for 2007. Yeah, I was one of the yahoo yahoos [assumed spelling]. All right, let's get to our number one, the worst prediction for the past year, 2007. At number one, it's Widget's. For some unknown reason, everybody though Widgets were going to rule the year, there'd be open source Widgets, a Widget standard, the melting [assumed spelling] of all Widgets together in some sort of harmonic convergence to bring about world peace and an end to hunger. I mean widgets are cool, but they didn't quite become the huge new dominant market place that lots of people thought. Well, that's it for this edition of CNET Top Five. Look elsewhere on www.CNETTV.com for my top five predictions for 2008, and download it, hold it against me next year. I'm Tom Merritt.
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