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The Year in Tech: Top 10 Highlights of 2010

A broad array of technology news helped define 2010, from the launch of Apple's iPad to the arrival of the app to a supernova of Internet stock gains. Here's a look back at those major stories -- and a glimpse of some highlights you can expect next year.

Chinese Web Search Giant Baidu Finds Shares Soaring

The name of Chinese-language search engine Baidu means "100-times," it's living up to it, turning in a 137% stock increase for the year. It's trading at its 52-week high, mainly on positive reports about the Chinese economy, and negative ones about rival Google's troubles with the government in Beijing.

Chinese Users Report Problems With Google Page

A Google spokeswoman told The Wall Street Journal that the company was having no technical problems with www.google.com.hk/wenda, but declined to comment on whether or not Chinese authorities had blocked the page. A Google spokeswoman said the company was having no technical problems with www.google.com.hk/wenda , but declined to comment on whether or not Chinese authorities had blocked the page.

Why Google Is a Sound Long-Run Bet

Google's below-expectations earnings saw its stock pummelled. But there are many positive factors -- from Chrome and Android to its smart acquisitions -- that will help Google remain dominant in the future.

As Deadline Looms, China Blocks Google

As China weighs whether to renew Google's Internet business license, the internet giant confirmed Wednesday that its Chinese-language web search service has been "partially blocked." Google said that China-based searches using the company's "Suggest" tool had been affected.

Google's Sergey Brin Pushed to Quit China

Google co-founder Sergey Brin has emerged as the key force behind the search giant's decision to close its China-based search engine, citing his experience growing up in the Soviet Union. Google may suffer in the long run, but in this case, Brin has put principle above profit.

China Blasts Google, Censors New Hong Kong Site

Hours after Google's dramatic move to close its China-based search engine and redirect users to its Hong Kong-based site, China was already blocking politically sensitive searches on the new site, one expert said. Meanwhile, analysts say Google will likely experience long-term consequences from its decision.

Chinese Media: Google Is Tied to U.S. Intelligence

Chinese media organs lashed out at Google in an apparently coordinated assault on Saturday -- with one paper suggesting Google is linked to the U.S. intelligence agencies -- just days before the web giant may announce plans to close its Chinese-language search engine.

Google May Close Chinese Search Engine April 10

Two months after Internet giant Google challenged the Chinese government to an epic game of chicken over censorship -- the search giant appears on the verge of backing down. Google may shut its Chinese language search engine on April 10th, according to a Chinese media report.

Google's China Exit Could Cost $500 Million

Google could lose $500 million this year if it pulls its search engine out of China -- an outcome which looks all but certain. But that's only 2% of the company's annual revenue, so most analysts aren't overly concerned, given Google's other strengths. Meanwhile, the Chinese are censoring news of the censorship spat.

Google '99.9% Certain' to Close Chinese Search Engine

Capping two months of high-stakes brinksmanship, Google appears ready to make good on its threat to shut its Chinese-language search engine, in light of the Chinese government's unyielding resistance to ease web censorship. But the Google's mobile business in China will continue.

Google Expects to Resolve Its Chinese Censorship Dispute 'Soon'

One way or another, Google's running battle with China could be over shortly. CEO Eric Schmidt said on Wednesday that "active negotiations" were nearing a conclusion, and Deputy General Counsel Nicole Wong said the search giant was committed to its position and was willing to quit China if necessary.

Inside Job Possible in Google Cyber-Attack

Google is now investigating whether some of its own employees helped carry out the recent cyber-attack in China, which exposed Gmail accounts of U.S. companies and Chinese dissidents. News reports also say foreign reporters based in China were targeted by the hackers, too.