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This was going to be a year-end column, summing up 2008 and looking forward to 2009.
The forecast in a nutshell: There will be more uncertainty, a flood of mobile applications and more aggressive ad tactics used by "free" online services. Microsoft will regain stride with Windows 7 and consumers will wish they could afford the new and thinner TVs from Asia that will connect directly to the Web.
But, most of all, it will finally sink in that Google's honeymoon is over.