New Year's Eve celebrated with Google doodle

The last day of the year has got its own dance-floor-themed doodle. And which tech personalities have made the New Year Honours List?

Break out the champers -- it's New Year's Eve! And to celebrate, Google has made its own doodle. Head to the Google home page and you'll see the numbers of 2013 all on a dance floor, strutting their stuff, while a 4 looks on from the side in anticipation. He's waiting for his turn, see, which will come at midnight.

Above the numbers, speakers blare out music, and a revolving disco ball takes the place of the second O of Google. Also to end the year, some British tech personalities have been honoured in the New Year Honours List.

Below the doodle is a link to Google's Zeitgeist 2013, which is a video compiling what we most searched for in 2013. Here it is, if you've a minute and a half to spare.

Some of Google's own doodles even make an appearance at the end. This year saw doodles celebrating the birthdays of Johannes Kepler, Sir Norman Parkinson, Douglas Adams, and the London Underground, among others.

Michael Acton Smith, the man behind Moshi Monsters, was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours List. Smith also started online gadget seller Firebox. ARM Holdings' former boss Warren East was also honoured. East retired as ARM's chief executive in July. He received a CBE.

Moshi Monsters is big business. The virtual monster game already has its own magazine, smart phone app, music album, range of toys, and the Moshi Monsters film came out earlier this month.

Other UK tech people in the New Year Honour List include Cathy Court, Siobhan Freegard and Sally Russell (OBEs), who co-founded parental support website Netmums, Joanna Shields (OBE), chief executive of Tech City UK, and Dr Hamid Mughal (OBE), director of global manufacturing at engine maker Rolls Royce.

Has 2013 been a vintage year for tech? What are you hoping for from 2014? Let me know in the comments, or on our Facebook page. And a very happy New Year to all our readers.

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