The year in IT news
Google, Microsoft and the economy: all the top stories from the past year in tech and business news.
Head honcho at Microsoft Steve Ballmer kicked off the month by announcing a cloud computing operating system.
But the big news was the economy. The US banking industry came near collapse, leading to trouble in the City here. In addition, eBay cut 10 per cent of staff and HP slashed 3,300 UK jobs. Unsurprisingly, a survey suggested IT execs are afraid of job cuts.
Possibly with the flagging economy in mind, Apple cut prices on its MacBook lineup as it launches a new aluminium encased laptop. The Google Android-based T-Mobile hit the shelves at the end of the month.
The Gary McKinnon battle continued, with MPs bringing up his possible extradition in parliament. The US elects Barack Obama its next president, leading to stories about whether he'll be able to use his BlackBerry as Commander in Chief.
But maybe that will change now that Yahoo's chief executive has resigned
Apple started a fuss by saying its users need anti-virus, and then in an about turn said they don't.
In another u-turn, the Internet Watch Foundation blocks a page on Wikipedia for showing a naked image of a child, but after pressure reverses the decision.
In other browser news, several versions of Internet Explorer feature major flaws, which take a week to fix. [a href="https://www.itpro.co.uk/609237/virgin-media-unveils-50mbps-broadband"]Virgin Media shows off its new[/a] 50Mb/sec broadband, but it doesn't come cheap.
And, to round it all off, Apple's Steve Jobs is to ditch out on MacWorld this year is it because of his health and Apple won't be attending anymore
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