The 15 Biggest Stories In Tech This Year

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This year, there were billion-dollar acquisitions, IPOs, and executive shakeups among the top tech companies.Here are the 15 biggest moments that shaped tech in 2012.

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title=”15. colour, the startup that received $40 million pre-launch, died. Its pre-launch fundraise made a lot of people cry “bubble!” and its death suggests the beginning of more cautious times.”
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title=”11. The Series A crunch became real. Now it’s harder for startups to get funded. Investors fell out of love with the consumer web, and Paul Graham shrunk the size of his Y Combinator class.”
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title=”10. Groupon had severe layoffs and its CEO, Andrew Mason, was nearly fired. Between LivingSocial and Groupon, there were about 1,000 layoffs in the daily deals space this year.”
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title=”9. In December 2011 Zynga went public at a $7 billion valuation. In 2012 it collapsed. It purchased OMGPOP for about $200 million only to realise its hit game, Draw Something, was a fad. Now its valuation is under $2 billion.”
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title=”8. The patent wars heated up between Samsung and Apple. Apple won the $1 billion judgement, but that doesn’t mean it will win the appeal.”
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title=”7. Microsoft released Windows 8 and the Surface. The Surface was particularly significant, because Microsoft had never made a PC before.”
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title=”6. Samsung shot to the top of tech this year, and its Galaxy products have proven to be popular iPhone substitutes.”
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title=”5. Steven Sinofsky was fired by Steve Ballmer two weeks after the Windows 8 launch.”
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title=”2. Scott Forstall, who was often said to be Apple’s CEO-in-waiting, was fired because the rest of the company’s executives didn’t like him.”
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title=”1. Facebook went public in May, and it could have gone a lot better.”
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title=”Now check out the most significant moments on the east coast:”
content=”The 18 Most Significant Moments In New York Tech This Year >
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