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Google doodle celebrates the New Year

Google has made a New Year doodle, as well as video showing the highs and lows of the past 12 months.

The latest Google doodle celebrates the New Year, and while it's nowhere near as fancy as some of the company's previous efforts, it's nicely done nonetheless, with the letters of the logo enjoying a party.

Google has also put together a Zeitgeist 2011 video, showing the highs and lows of the year just gone.

Some of the events included in the video include the Japanese tsunami, the independence of Southern Sudan, the floods in Brazil, the deaths of Amy Winehouse and Osama bin Laden, the Tunisian revolution, and the riots in Greece.

The video also honours the lives of others who have passed in the last 12 months, including Steve Jobs, Joe Frazier, Elizabeth Taylor, and Betty Ford.

Google's doodles started in 1998. It's catalogued them on one handy site, so you can search for your favourite, or just have a browse and see what's around. There's also an online shop selling t-shirts, mugs, and more bearing the most popular versions of the logo, so you can have your favourite emblazoned across your chest.

For a look back at the year in tech, give our end-of-year podcast a listen. It includes such highlights as the iPhone 4S, the iPad 2, Samsung Galaxy S2, Galaxy Nexus, and Nokia's first venture with Microsoft, the Lumia 800.

What a year. What were your highlights? Maybe the Nike Air Mag trainers from Back to the Future made real? The Large Hadron Collider made of Lego? Facebook's Timeline, and its integration with Spotify? The iPhone 4S -- or was it a disappointment when you were hoping for the iPhone 5? Maybe it was the Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich touching down?

Whatever your highlights and lowlights were this year, let us know in our comments below, or over on our Facebook page. And a very happy New Year to all our readers.