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More BoomTown 2008 Tech Report Card on Tech Ticker

BoomTown had no idea how much yammering took place between Yahoo Tech Ticker’s Sarah Lacy and me last week when we did an interview. But here is (hopefully) the final chapter of three videos about the tech scene, looking back at 2008 and forward to 2009.

This one is about the most underrated and overrated in tech–and somehow I manage to call Facebook both. I also note that while Steve Jobs is not overrated, by any means–so back off, you Mac fanatics–the other key execs at Apple (AAPL) are underrated.

Worst investor? Not even close: The winner is Carl Icahn, who has taken a very long and very cold bath investing in Yahoo (YHOO). Let’s hope he knows something we don’t for 2009.

Here are the other Tech Ticker interview videos I posted yesterday, on what I would give tech execs for the holidays and my likely inaccurate predictions for 2009.

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work