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.

Carlyle Group CFO Leaves Company as It Plans IPO

Peter Nachtwey, CFO of Carlyle Group, is leaving the private equity company as it plans an IPO. "Pete decided to pursue a great new opportunity for him, which we understand will be announced soon," Carlyle spokesman Christopher Ullman said, according to Bloomberg News. "We thank him for his service to Carlyle and wish him continued success."

A Love Story That Could Break Investors' Hearts

The Chinese online-video site had the strongest first-day rally of any company on a U.S. exchange since China's Baidu in 2005. But the flip side to promise is risk -- and the risks of pinning big hopes on Youku are also big.

Launched in China, Youku.com's Stock Goes Into Orbit

Have the markets entered an IPO time warp? This week, Chinese deals were red-hot. Take a look at Youku.com. In Wednesday's debut, itsstock soared 161% to $33.44, raising $203 million. It marked the best return since Baidu hit the markets five years ago.

SodaStream Pops the Tab on a Promising IPO

Daniel Birnbaum, CEO of SodaStream, is betting he can turn carbonated-drink dispensers (100 flavors -- mix your own) into a household necessity. Based on his company's initial stock offering in early November, it looks like Wall Street agrees.

Pretzel Logic: Will Auntie Anne Lead Focus to an IPO?

Little-known Focus Brands owns chains like Carvel, Cinnabon, Schlotzsky's and Moe's Southwest Grill. It now also owns Auntie Anne's, founded by Annie Beiler (pictured). Her pretzels could help Focus go public at some point.

AIG Sets Deadline for Talks With Investors Ahead of AIA's IPO

American International Group (AIG) will make a decision by early next week about whether to begin formal negotiations with strategic investors for its Asian life insurance unit AIA, Reuters reported. Insurer AIG has been considering selling stakes in AIA to strategic investors ahead of the unit%u2019s planned IPO. Several Chinese investors had expressed an interest in taking a stake.

GM's IPO: How Will the Preferred Stock Work?

The automaker's much-anticipated IPO includes plans to offer preferred stock in addition to the usual common stock. What's the difference between them, and which is a better investment? Here's a quick rundown.

IPO Filing Offers Peek Under the Hood of the New GM

A little more than a year ago, bankrupt GM required a massive government bail-out. Today the company began its return to Wall Street by formally filing to hold an IPO. Yet it remains unclear if the once-troubled automaker will be a good investment.

A Hulu IPO?

Hulu is preparing to go public, according to a report in The New York Times. The offering could value the video content website at $2 billion.

India's MakeMyTrip Goes Into an IPO Orbit in the U.S.

After a three-year drought, an Indian IPO hit the U.S. markets this week. Travel-booking company MakeMyTrip raised $70 million in its offering, and on its first day of trading, the stock jumped 89% -- the biggest one-day gain in years.

IPOs Are Coming Back Strong in 2010

IPOs increased last quarter to their best pace since the financial crisis began, and the pipeline is filled with highly anticipated new offerings. It's a sign that markets are more willing to finance long-term growth, and that investors are again willing to take risks for higher returns.

Report: Facebook IPO Put Off Until 2012

A new report suggests that social-networking site Facebook will probably put off its IPO until 2012 to give founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg more time to gain users and boost sales without the public scrutiny that comes with a public listing.

GM Reportedly Planning to File for IPO in August

General Motors Co. is planning on filing for an IPO next month, Reuters reported. The company will file in the week of August 16, just after the expected date for its second-quarter results, Reuters said without naming its sources. The report may show that the carmaker generated cash for the second consecutive earnings period.

Green Dot Rides Walmart to an IPO

Green Dot (GDOT) launched its IPO today, issuing 4.56 million shares at $36 apiece. The initial plan was for 3.85 million shares at a range of $32 to $35. In Thursday's trading, Green Dot's shares rose 22%.

Qlik Clicks with IPO Investors as Stock Takes Off

Upstart Qlik Technologies is trying to disrupt things in the business intelligence software world, and as proof of its success, the company pulled off a $112 million IPO Friday. Since opening trading at $10, the stock has seen a nice bounce.

Logistics Provider LINC Hopes to Deliver a $115 million IPO

Outsourcing logistics to specialists is an ever-more popular, and cost efficient, move in corporate America -- and the sector is poised to grow further. One top firm in the field, LINC Logistics, is optimistic enough about the future that it has filed for a $115 million IPO.

Google to Join Bing in Music Download Business

Google apparently envies the program that Microsoft's Bing has set up to market music downloads. The Internet search leader now plans to offer its own service by year-end. And that raises some interesting questions.