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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?