This is the last Weekly Wrapup for year 2008. It’s yet another time when I browse through for the weekly summary of Web, Technology and few more interesting stuff that surfaced in the past week (i.e. 21th-27th December, 2008). As mentioned earlier, I’ll be posting a weekly wrapup of whatever is happening in Web, Technology, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media and many more interesting stuff that you might want to spend your time with.

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So this week’s happenings are as follows:

Business

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1. Toyota sees operating losses for 1st time in 70 years: Toyota Motor Corp forecast a first-ever annual operating loss, blaming a relentless sales slide and a crippling rise in the yen in what it said was an emergency unprecedented in its 70-year history.

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Automakers around the world face their toughest business environment in recent memory, caught in a sharp reversal of demand as the financial crisis spreads, squeezing credit and consumer sentiment. Toyota cut its group operating forecast to a loss of 150 billion yen ($1.7 billion) for the year to end-March, after shocking financial markets last month by slashing its group operating profit forecast by 1 trillion yen to 600 billion yen. It made a record profit of 2.27 trillion yen last year. (Sources: Reuters)

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2. Apple buys Imagination Technologies: Apple buys shares in UK mobile chipset specialist “Imagination Technologies“. Earlier there were rumours that the company was developing chips for Sony’s PSP 2 were doing the rounds. In the light this development, Apple purchased 8.2m shares in Imagination at 39p per share at a cost of £3.2m. One of the prime speculation for this step from Apple can to develop proper 3D gaming in iPhone.(Sources: TechRadar)

Social Networking

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1. Probable monetization for Social Networks: Gautam Ghosh has an interesting piece of information of probable monetization for social networks which has been dwindling for quite sometime. Earlier I’ve also blogged about CMO’s views on Social network monetization which seems a bit lack lustre from what it earlier promised to be. But Gautam’s find sounds interesting.

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A consulting firm has agreed to sponsor two groups on the forum. According to a post by Vincent Wright to the members:

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I’m happy to share with you that our friend Mary McDonald,CEO/CTO, of The McDonald Consulting Group is sponsoring two of our groups on My Linking Power Forum: Linking Executives – AND – Linking Startups!

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So is this a new trend that’s going to follow up in the next monetization steps of social networks other than contextual, behavioral or hypertargeting that many big names are promising. Only time will tell!

All About Google

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1. Predictions for Google’s 2009: Googlesystem has pulled a list of 16 probable predictions that google will follow or do in year 2009. This is a must read if you want to know more about Google. Though lot of points were debatable like many high-profile Google employees, including Marissa Mayer, will leave the company or google’s search engine will lose a significant amount of market share as Live Search’s position will consolidate. Nevertheless it’s a good read over a cup of coffee or having a good debate if you’re pro-google.

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2. Book Release- What will Google do?: Jeff Jarvis seeded the idea of releasing a book named What Would Google Do?. It will be released by Collins Business, a division of HarperCollins, on January 27, 2009.

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Some reviews: Fortune names What Would Google Do? one of the three best web books of 2008: “…the book offers a great overview of what all businesses across nearly every industry have learned about the way the Web changes what they do.” So it seems like a good read. The last one I finished was John Battelle‘s “The Search – How Google and its rivals rewrite the rules of Business and transformed our culture” which gave some great insights into the search behemoth. Hope this new one also gives the same!

Tech & Gadgets

1. Lenovo launches ThinkPad W700ds with Dual Screens: Lenovo launches ThinkPad laptop with 2 LCD screens. (Sources: Engadget)

Read more:

  • Lenovo to release ThinkPad laptop with 2 LCD screens (Read)
  • Lenovo Mobile Workstation Now Offers Dual-Screen Display (Read)

2. New Gphone from Lenovo: So it’s all lenovo this week. The first Gphone, or smartphone based on the Google Android platform, is finally out on the counters as G1 from T-Mobile. However, other manufacturers are also open to develop their own products, which would be based on this promising platform.

Unfortunately, it is not clear for now, whether the device will be supplied to the U.S. market, since the only available information about Android for now informs only about its release into the Chinese market. (Sources: GenuisBeauty)

Twitter

1. The State of the Twittersphere (A HubSpot Edition):

Some of the key stats were:

(i) 70% of Twitter users joined in 2008
(ii) 20% of Twitter users have joined in the past 60 days
(iii) The average user has been on Twitter 275 days

Sources: TechCrunch

2. Twitter adds suggestions Algo to People Seach: Social media site Twitter revamped its people search feature, making it easier for users to track down friends, family and colleagues.

Twitter launched a search feature in April ’07, but the offering was perceived as “fairly underwhelming” by critics in the blogosphere. The updated name search is faster and more relevant. It also has a phonetic similarity algorithm, the company wrote. Infact this was a much awaiting feature for people who have just joined twitter. (Sources: ReadWriteWeb)

Predictions Market 2009

Since year 2008 is almost of the verge of becoming history, most of the marketing, social media and tech maestro have taken their turn to predict what’s there for us in the future in these space. Since there are so many, so I’ve decided to give the google urls instead.

1. Marketing Predictions for year 2009

2. Social Media Predictions for year 2009

3. Technology Predictions for year 2009

And still if you’re not sufficed, then Seth Godin’s post is a must.

Hope you’ve a great year ahead and I’ll come back again next year to do the weekly wrapup series with more & more better content. Happy Holidays 🙂

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