What do we have to look forward to in 2011? The past twelve months have been a defining period for the digital industries, says Audioboo chief executive Mark Rock, but there's plenty to come next year as, he predicts, Mark Thompson will stand down and Flickr will be sold.
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• What will 2010 be remembered for?
"Overall, 2010 was a defining year for so many things - digital, politics, data, mobile. Wikileaks cracked open what hopes to be a better discussion around open data next year and the role of digital in that.
"We learnt that manifestos aren't worth the paper they're (increasingly not) printed on as the government used the excuse that nobody voted for them so there was nothing to honour.
"Mobile is (finally) huge thanks to Apple and Google and not the telcos. The BBC was forced to face up to the fact that it can no longer operate like an extension of the civil service and expect us to pay for its inefficiencies.
"We learnt that (sorry) print will not be saved by the iPad. Governments don't necessarily have to be elected to govern and honey traps are not something to do with bees. Spotify is losing an awful lot of money, the iPhone is still a great computer even if it's a terrible phone, The government seems to think the digerati in Shoreditch will happily move to Stratford (no). DAB radio is still the floppy disk equivalent of the internet."
• What was your best and worst moment?
"The best was the surprise at personally ranking so highly in the top 100 tech people in the UK. At least my dad was impressed. The worst? Too personal to say.
"Worst work moment? The BBC taking 14 months to finally state officially they were too busy to work constructively with us on a professional basis because they were too busy. We're used loads by individual reporters and departments there but their audio is not allowed onto the BBC site. Bizarre."
• What's your hot tip for 2011?
"Mobile, mobile, mobile. Apps, apple, android, advertising, tablets and the mobile internet. Fewer apps and more HTML 5 loveliness. Flash will not have a good year and ActionScript developers will soon be seen in the same way Java developers are today. Near field communications technology will be worth watching in terms of payment mechanisms.
"A Twitter IPO in the fall (as they lovingly call it). Arrington will leave TechCrunch. Traditional TV set top box manufacturers will move to Android as an OS for increased user interaction and lower development costs. Mark Thompson will gracefully stand down from the BBC. Microsoft will release a poor cousin to the iPad.
"I'm looking forward to Blackberry getting their shit together to face up to Apple and Google, and Windows Phone 7 taking off - it's quite good. Audioboo raising some more cash to go truly global. Android Marketplace getting less techy and more consumer friendly. Flickr being sold to a company that actually cares about it. And no more packed lunches as the twins start proper school..."