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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?

Wall Street Watch: Dell Needs to Think Outside of the Box

Dell was once the envy of the consumer tech industry, but its days sales growth are long past. The PC maker saw its profitability drop sharply as sales tumbled 11% to $13.7 billion in the quarter that just ended -- even further than analysts expected.

Which iPad Should You Buy? iPad 2, New WiFi or New 4G?

Every time Apple rolls out a new iPad model, potential buyers find themselves with more options to ponder. Before you head off to the Apple circus, let's go over the pros and cons of each model on offer so you can figure out exactly which one is best for you.

Afraid of an IRS Audit? It's Not As Bad As You Think

No one is claiming that an IRS audit is a cakewalk. But a tax audit is probably less likely -- and less gruesome -- than most people fear. And the IRS isn't allowed to swoop down upon you just any old time: Their clock is ticking.

Study Finds Tablet, E-Book Ownership Soared

Tablets and e-readers were a popular gift over the holidays, so much so that the number of people who own them nearly doubled between mid-December and January, a new study finds. A report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project set to be released Monday found that 29 percent of Americans owned at least one tablet or e-reader as of the beginning of this month. That's up from 18 percent who said the same in December.

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.

Really Mobile Quarterbacks: Super Bowl to Be Streamed

Forget the screen pass. When Super Bowl XLVI rolls around in February, you may find yourself calling an audible for a stream pass instead. The NFL is making its biggest game available as a legal stream for the first time ever.

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.

Savings Experiment: How to Pick a Tablet

Not since The Ten Commandments have tablets been in such demand. While the iPad launched the market, it's not the only option out there. Read on to find out what your options are when tablet-shopping, and how best to compare the various models.

Amazon's Next Big Thing: Its Own Smartphones

Amazon has become an surprising gadget rock star. Skeptics bet against the original Kindle, which became a blockbuster, and the Kindle Fire is the first non-iPad tablet to sell well. Next stop for Amazon's gadgeteers: smartphones.

Why Your Digital Life
Is at Risk

It is easy to forget that the cigarette box-sized device in your pocket is a computer more powerful than the one that sent Apollo 11 to the moon. Smartphones, tablets and laptops now hold some of our most priceless assets. But let's put a price on them: The value of a wired American's digital life averages nearly $55,000, and it's at risk.

What Bionic, Xoom LTE Delays Mean for Motorola Mobility

In an attempt to reverse the market-share free fall it has been experiencing, Motorola Mobility has recently been trying to ramp up the pace of its product launches. But its rush to get hot new devices on the market has hit a couple of speed bumps with delays on the Droid Bionic and the Xoom LTE.

Video Game Sales Are Down: Are Apps to Blame?

A research firm that tracks video game sales reported that March hardware sales rose, but software sales plunged again. NPD claims that 23% of software sales in 2010 came from apps, but the industry isn't sure that its lagging sales figures can be entirely blamed on apps like "Angry Birds."

Apple iPad 2 Launches to Long Lines

Apple's second version of its popular iPad tablet computer went on sale Friday afternoon, and was greeted by the now-familiar lines of buyers outside Apple stores.