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The complete tech year in review: 2008

From the continuing ascent of Apple's iPhone to the drastic downturn in the economy, and from debate over Yahoo's future to the election of a new president, it was quite a year.

CNET News staff
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From the continuing ascent of Apple's iPhone to the drastic downturn in the economy, and from debate over Yahoo's future to the election of a new president, it was quite a year.

Apple's iPhone takes off

In 2008, Apple arrived as a full-fledged smartphone company, and the Mac gained share. Both put the company in great financial shape.
December 15, 2008

Web rewrites campaign strategies

The 2008 presidential election changed the way politicians use technology, but a new Congress may prove to be a mixed bag for the industry.
December 15, 2008

Video game industry pins hopes on hits

A series of popular titles, combined with inexpensive consoles from Microsoft and Nintendo, could be what insulates the game industry from the chilly economy.
December 16, 2008

Social networks grapple with money question

Sites like MySpace, Digg, and Facebook proved their might in this fall's election, but when that party ended, it was back to figuring out how to make a buck or two.
December 16, 2008

The Microhoo saga

With no Microsoft deal, the beleaguered Yahoo slams the door on a dramatic 2008 and throws away the key.
December 17, 2008

Tech's indelible images

The year provided a plethora of tech- and nature-oriented eye candy, from green machines to the Red Planet and from Android to Iron Man.
December 17, 2008

Snooping gets sanctioned

In 2008, the immunization of companies assisting NSA wiretaps became a hot-button issue, as did P2P network monitoring.
December 18, 2008

The rise of the Netbook

As consumers clamped down on expenses, it appeared a prescient move that PC makers began touting the smaller, cheaper machines.
December 18, 2008

Windows takes beating, '7' steps into view

Microsoft struggled most of the year over negative perceptions about Vista but broke its silence on the operating system's successor--Windows 7.
December 19, 2008

A roller-coaster ride for wireless

From a record-breaking FCC wireless auction to the launch of the new iPhone 3G to the death of citywide Wi-Fi, 2008 was full of peaks and valleys.
December 20, 2008

HD DVD died, smartphones thrived

The year in gadgets was marked by a DVD format war, the iPhone 3G and a parade of would-be iPhone killers, and--like everything else--the economic downturn.
December 22, 2008

On Web, innovation meets hard times

A lot of progress took place this year in Web start-ups and online technology, before the dark clouds of recession and layoffs swept in.
December 22, 2008

Google's grand ambitions

Company tried extending its prowess to browsers, phones, display ads, and online applications in 2008. The economy and federal regulators, however, dampened some of its plans.
December 23, 2008

Scams up, but big Net attack averted

The bad news from 2008: cybercriminals stepped up efforts to separate consumers from their money. The good news: a major flaw in Internet protocol got fixed.
December 23, 2008

The tech video files

The CNET News crew had some lively encounters with tech in 2008, from a shocking workout to a superhero turn. And we've got the video to prove it.
December 24, 2008

Green-tech growing pains

More people and companies are getting on the clean-tech bandwagon, but the financial crisis and falling fossil-fuel prices have cooled the frenzied pace of innovation.
December 29, 2008

The year the bottom dropped out

For start-ups and stalwarts alike, the economic collapse showed no mercy. At least the tech sector is used to booms and busts.
December 29, 2008

The 'cloud' soars

Cloud computing takes off in 2008, with both enterprise companies and consumers along for the ride.
December 30, 2008