Psychic predictions for tech in 2009

Countless people are trying to predict what 2009 could hold for the world of technology. Of course, it's all just guesswork -- these pundits aren't working with a crystal ball. So we decided to find someone who was.

On Apple

o TheStreet.com's David Sterman: Apple's shares will fall in the beginning of '09 but rebound when the "next breakthrough device" debuts in the latter half of the year. The iPhone will also see "a range of hot-selling new uses."

o Psychic Celia: A significant shift is on the way. "I do see that the company will go a step higher. I see that there are a lot of changes coming."

o Psychic Shaun: Changes are coming, but they won't be quick. "There's someone that they're speaking to now, someone who will go in and clean things out."

Clean things out, you say? Maybe they can start with Steve's bathroom.

On Jerry Yang

o The staff of The Industry Standard: Yang could take on yet another new title: chief technology officer of the United States. Jerry's popped up on some lists of possible contenders for the gig, but the Standard points out that the sources may or may not be reliable.

o Psychic Celia: The chief Yahoo-turned-CEO-turned-chief Yahoo will take on some sort of fresh role. "I see that he will be going into a new field, into a higher step next year."

o Psychic Shaun: Yang will leave the rest of the yahoos at Yahoo behind. "If I had a dollar, I would invest my dollar back into him. He's going to be on the brink of something brand spanking new that's going to be a wow factor."

Of course, it might be "wow" as in, "Wow. Good thing that guy's not in charge any more."

On Yahoo

o Computerworld's Nancy Weil: Sale, most likely to Microsoft. It could either be an acquisition of Yahoo's ad-search business by itself, or possibly a full company deal.

o Psychic Celia: Maybe a sale, but definitely an improvement. "I see that someone will step in and it's going to work out for the best. The company will get better this coming year."

o Psychic Shaun: Sale, possibly to an investor. "It's going to be sold one way or another."

Ah, sweet agreement -- three for three on a probable sale. The stars must be aligned tonight.

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