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3 Hot Tech Trends to Watch -- and Invest In -- for 2012

If you think 2011 was a wild year for technology, just wait until you see what 2012 has in store for you. Here are three tech trends that will undoubtedly grow in relevance -- and investor profitability -- in the year ahead.

Who Will Win the Yahoo! Sweepstakes?

Shares of Yahoo have been on a white-knuckled roller-coaster ride since the company hired an investment banker to explore shareholder-juicing possibilities, including an outright sale. Reuters has claimed that Microsoft is considering another run at its search partner, but Bloomberg dissents. Who else might buy the dot-com giant?

The Danger of Investing in Takeover Targets

The case of International Paper's hostile offer for forest products company Temple-Inland is a lesson in why you shouldn't just jump on a hot takeover stock. IP offered Temple 45% more than its market value, and got shot down. Investors who hoped to cash in are likely to be stuck with loses.

Yahoo's Analyst Day Leaves Many Questions Hanging

Yahoo's analyst day Wednesday addressed the steps the struggling Internet pioneer is taking to reposition the ship and revive its sagging stock, but on the subject of a controversial transaction involving one of its major Asian investments, its executives left a number of questions unanswered.