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Summary:

As this year and decade pull to a close, we’ve collected the top five winning and losing technologies and companies for each of the five major areas that GigaOM Pro covers: infrastructure, mobile, consumer tech, real-time web, and green technology.

This year brought tumultuous shifts in technology, with enormous success stories such as the rise of the open-source Android operating system, the end of Europe’s multi-year antitrust case against Microsoft regarding browsers, and surprising shifts in the hardware market, among other notable events. As the year and decade pull to a close, we’ve collected the top five winning and losing technologies and companies for each of the five major areas that our GigaOM Pro research service covers: infrastructure, mobile, consumer tech, real-time web, and green technology. After some grueling negotiations, we ended up with this list of the top 50 biggest winners and losers of 2009:

Winners

Infrastructure

  • Cloud Computing
  • EMC
  • Data Centers
  • Hadoop
  • Rackspace

Green IT

  • Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan-Renault
  • Hypermilers
  • Wireless Data Center Sensors
  • Smart Grid Open Standards & IP
  • Carbon Polluters

Mobile

  • 3G
  • In-flight Wi-Fi
  • Google Android
  • Research In Motion
  • Mobile Application Developers

NewNet

  • Twitter
  • Foursquare
  • Government 2.0
  • Employee Productivity
  • Facebook

Connected Consumer

  • Prime View International
  • Vizio
  • Hulu
  • Boxee
  • Apple
Losers

Infrastructure

  • Intel
  • Openness
  • Oracle
  • The Server Market
  • Chip Startups

Green IT

  • OptiSolar
  • Smart Grid’s Street Cred
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Consumer Electronics Association
  • OLEDs

Mobile

  • Femtocells
  • Personal Navigation Device Makers
  • Palm
  • Cut-rate Prepaid Service Providers
  • WiMAX

NewNet

  • Consumer Privacy
  • eBay
  • Journalism
  • Yahoo
  • Offerpal Media

Connected Consumer

  • Hulu
  • Nintendo
  • Blockbuster
  • Sony
  • Blu-ray

To find out more about why these companies and technologies were selected, check out the full writeup at GigaOM Pro (subscription required).

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  1. Thanks for laying this out in a non-spammy way unlike your friends at Alley Insider who would make you page through hundreds of pages to see the same info.

  2. Hulu is appearing as a winner and loser. Is this intentional?

    1. Yes it is :-) They started out as a winner but ended the year as a loser. I think it is an interesting change of events for them.

      1. So I would say they should be in the loser group only. It’s how you end a race that matters.

  3. Tuesday links: no hold bonds Abnormal Returns Tuesday, December 22, 2009

    [...] 50 winners and losers in the world of technology.  (GigaOM) [...]

  4. PS3 and Wii a loser and not XBOX? Also, if Blue Ray is a loser, then who is the winner?

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