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Well, what a year it's been. When 2011 rolled around there was no way anyone could have predicted quite how much of a rollercoaster ride it was.
We've seen unlikely acquisitions and alliances, untold legal battles, firms going through huge management upheavals, governments fall, and we've lost one of the greatest innovators the industry has known.
So sit back and enjoy our rundown of the events that most shocked the technology world this year.
10. The ongoing legal wars
If anyone did well out of 2011 it was the lawyers. Some of the wealthiest companies on the planet went at it in courts across the world, and the lawyers certainly weren't short of work to keep them busy.
In retaliation, Google made a somewhat shock purchase of Motorola for $12.5bn seemingly calculated to stem the flow of lawsuits against Android.
Few of these cases were resolved in 2011, and there can be little doubt that this is an issue affecting the technology industry's largest firms that will run and run.
Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal.