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After years of speculation, Twitter finally goes public
Finally. Twitter, the microblogging site, went public after years of rumor and speculation that it would float on a U.S. Stock Exchange. The company sought to gain $1 billion in what was considered the biggest floatation since Facebook's (albeit botched) initial public offering on Nasdaq in 2012. In order to avoid similar woes that its social rival suffered, Twitter underwent a "dry run" on the New York Stock Exchange. The debut was strong, but the company still has a long way to go before it reaches its peak.
Microsoft chief executive Ballmer to retire
After more than a decade at the world's most well-known software giant, Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer announced he would retire. A new boss is expected to be announced in early 2014. ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley scored Ballmer's exit interview, where he expressed his biggest regrets, his views on Surface vs. the Xbox, and his top five management tips. As for who will replace him? All bets are on.
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Wearable tech explodes, smart watches on deck
From Google Glass to the Galaxy Gear, this year saw an explosion in wearable tech. Despite being in its infancy, many products — despite criticisms that they were "rushed" — are still at a concept stage that aims to eventually bridge the gap between mankind and machine. While most Americans remain mixed (and borderline skeptical) on wearable tech, we saw this year, the first wave of products that will all but certainly develop and pan out into 2014.