Viacom sued Google because its YouTube unit includes copyrighted Comedy Central content and other Viacom content uploaded by users. This suit has ugly written all over it and Google may ultimately have to pay royalties to satiate the conglomerate. If not, kiss Google's video monetization efforts goodbye.
Can Google equal or surpass the $17.6 billion or so it earned in online advertising in 2007? That remains to be seen, as do several other things as Google hurtles forward in high-tech for the last four months of the year. In 2007, the company added some more irons to the fire with Android and OpenSocial, both of which should bear some fruit this year. But it's also lost key team members to rival Facebook. Here's what we'd like to see from Google before the New Year.