The only thing in publishing more dependable than end-of-the-year recaps are the predictions for the upcoming year that follow. It's a sequence as sure as hot gift stories follow Black Friday. You get the idea.

Business journalists need recaps and predictions since most of our news goes offline during the holidays. But unlike hindsight, foresight is a barometer of the prognosticator and I know this because my inbox is bulging with pumped up tech prospects for the New Year.

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