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Top 10 Business Stories of 2012

This would be the year when the global economy finally regained its vigor. At least that's what many had hoped. It didn't happen. So what were the top ten business stories of 2012?

The Worst Product Flops of 2012

Sometimes, no matter how many months a company invests in development or how many millions it spends on marketing, a new product can fall flat on its face. That's what happened to these new offerings, the biggest product flops of 2012.

Why Pandora Will Never Be Great Again

Pandora's popularity is unquestionable. The leading online music service provider served up 67 percent more hours of music to listeners in 2012's third quarter than it did the year before. But its profit outlook is ugly, and the level of competition it will soon face for our ears is even worse.

Is Nokia Toast? Cell Phone Maker Still Has All the Wrong Answers

Nokia's stock price has nearly doubled since hitting bottom last summer, but it's premature to call this a turnaround for the company that, until recently, was the world's largest cell phone maker. If anything, at least one analyst sees this as a selling opportunity.

This Should Be a Good Time for Microsoft. It's Not.

These should be good times for Microsoft. It's going on the offensive ahead of the holiday shopping season, with new PCs, tablets with Windows 8, and smartphones running Windows Phone 8. Unfortunately for Microsoft, the buzz just isn't there.

Microsoft Becomes Most Interesting Stock in the World

Microsoft's Windows 8, with its Metro user interface, is designed to work on PCs, tablets, phones, and even game machines. Win or lose, it's the biggest rollout Microsoft has had since Windows 3.0 more than 20 years ago, and an entire industry is on the line.

RIM Rumor or Reality: Is a BlackBerry Buyout Coming?

Major tech companies including Amazon, Microsoft and Nokia have been eyeing BlackBerry maker Research In Motion, according to recent reports. True, we shouldn't jump to any conclusions based on the words of "unnamed sources." But all of the attention RIM's getting does make sense.

10 Billion Reasons to Like Android

It's not paranoia -- you really are surrounded by Androids. Google's mobile OS is now running on 200 million activated gadgets, matching the number running Apple's iOS. And recently, the 10 billionth Android app was downloaded.

How to Give Greener Electronic Gifts This Season

If you want to give your loved ones environmental peace and joy, you might want to hold off on buying them the latest hot gadgets as gifts. E-waste is a dirty problem that lingers far beyond the time when Christmas present becomes Christmas past.

Google Maps Adds Floor Plans for Airports, Stores

Google is solving a problem that many of us have, but that of few us suspected would be dealt with by a smartphone: It's taking its popular mapping platform indoors with interior floor plans of select buildings, among them major airports and large retailers.

Microsoft's Next Big Thing: 4 Game Changing Ideas

Microsoft's next quarterly report arrives Thursday, and it's hard to get too excited. It's still the world's largest software company, and it's growing. It just happens to be as sexy as Abe Vigoda. But Microsoft could still innovate its way out of its slump. Here are four things we'd love to hear Microsoft say on Thursday.

The Big Blackout: Time to Dump Your BlackBerry?

This week, Research In Motion's Blackberry network suffered a massive outage that spanned continents and cut off the cellular oxygen to millions. Competing phone carriers and handset makers are certain to jump on the chance to woo some of those frustrated customers.

Nokia's CEO: Not Much to Toast After First Anniversary

Stephen Elop may be thrilled to have his first year as CEO of Nokia out of the way. After all, in the past 12 months, the struggling mobile-phone maker has seen its share price and market share plummet, and the bad news just keeps coming. But it's too soon to count Elop out.

BlackBerry Blues: Why Apple's a Better Bet Than Research In Motion

Everyone but Research In Motion seems to know that many of today's BlackBerry owners will be on Android or iPhones by the time their two-year service contracts run out. RIM may have a beefy base of users now, but it might be smart to check again in a year or two.

Why Are Rich Companies Laying Off Poor Workers?

Several major corporations have been announcing layoffs in recent weeks, despite their fattening coffers. What accounts for all the pink slips? Consumers don't like them, nor do investors -- at least, not the farsighted ones. Here are the real reasons behind these puzzling, and troubling, terminations.

Nokia to Cut 4,000 Jobs Worldwide

Nokia Corp. (NOK) said Wednesday that it will lay off 4,000 people worldwide by the end of 2012 as it strives to cut costs amid stiff competition...

Huawei Wins U.S. Injunction Against Motorola

Chinese telecom-equipment maker Huawei has won a preliminary U.S. court injunction barring Motorola, a Huawei vendor, from transferring confidential information to Nokia Siemens Networks as part of the sale of Motorola's network-equipment business to Nokia Siemens.

Nokia Partnership Provides Upside for Microsoft Stock

The recent news that Nokia will now use the Windows 7 operating system in its smart phones means that Microsoft stands to gain licensing revenues for its operating system as well as increased search advertising market share. Good news for the stock?

What Nokia Needs to Make Its Risky Bet Pay Off

From a strategy standpoint, there's some sound reasoning behind CEO Stephen Elop's thinking: Most likely there's room for a third player at Apple and Google's poker table. But Nokia's new deal with Microsoft will be all about how well it's executed.

Nokia's New CEO Earns High Grades for Bold Moves

In just four months, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has slashed its workforce and turned the company in a new direction. On Friday, he launched his gutsiest strategy yet -- dumping Nokia's ailing Symbian mobile operating system and betting the house on Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 OS.

Nokia in Cell-Phone Talks with Microsoft and Google

When Nokia's CEO presents the company's strategy to investors in London on Friday, it could announce plans to use an outside operating system -- namely, Microsoft's , Google's or both, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

Android Takes the Lead in Smartphone OS Market Share

Handsets based on Google's Android-based handsets accounted for 32.9% of worldwide smartphone shipments in the fourth quarter, compared with Symbian's 30.6% market share, according to a new report from market researcher Canalys. Apple's iOS was a distant third, with 16%.

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.

Trouble Calling: Nokia Delays Another Handset

Nokia has announced that its high-end flagship E7 smartphone will miss the 2010 holiday season. Without explaining what the exact problem was, a spokesperson says Nokia wants to "allow the best possible user experience." Making sure the phone works is a good start.

Android OS Gains in Smartphone Race as All Others Slip

Apple's iPhone operating system software stumbled in the third quarter, losing year-over-year quarterly market share for the first time, as Google's Android mobile operating system pulled further ahead, according to a Gartner Research report released Wednesday.