It’s been a while since I felt things were steady enough for predictions. The last lot did pretty well. It’s the last day of December for me, so now is as good a time as any for predictions. This time, I’ll have just three, rather than a dozen or so.

1. Legal tangles

More tussles over intellectual property and ownership, terms of service, government regulations and so forth. It feels like the legal landscape is moving towards some sort of crescendo.

2. Official viewer for the iPhone

Expect Linden Lab to produce at least one unannounced software product this year, chief among which would be an iPhone app. Whether that will gain significant traction in the face of existing applications for the device is anyone’s guess.

3. No Teen Grid Merge

Although it might actually shut. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Teen Grid was shut down, given the state of it as reported by people who go there, but there doesn’t seem to be any plausible evidence to suggest that a merger is in the offing.



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