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December 29th, 2012
04:02 PM ET

Looking back at 2012

Technology isn't just part of News Stream, it's also something we love to cover.

So when we were asked to put together a special edition of the show with the top tech stories of the year, it was both very easy to pick the stories we thought were important... and very hard to leave out stories we loved but just couldn't fit.

You can watch the whole show here, divided into six parts.

PART 1: Breaking down the smartphone Patent Wars with The Verge's Nilay Patel; Microsoft launches Windows 8

PART 2: Privatizing space and exploring Mars

PART 3: Talking Wii U with Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime; Raspberry Pi's Eben Upton on the $35 computer

PART 4: Tech headlines; Kickstarter and the crowd-funding revolution; Foxconn and the plight of workers who build our gadgets

PART 5: Kodak's downfall; The NewYorker.com's Nick Thompson previews 2013

PART 6: Interview with Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web

Tech 2012: Patent wars

Tech 2012: Space successes

Tech 2012: Consoles and computers

Tech 2012: Kickstarter and Foxconn

Tech 2012: Looking to 2013

Tech 2012: Tim Berners-Lee

Of course, there's only so much we can fit into the show, and there are plenty of tech stories from 2012 that just didn't make the cut.

We didn't talk about the iPad mini, or the rise of Chinese smartphones. Nor did we include the viral video that inspired change, Kony 2012... or the viral gaming sensation where zombies want your brains, DayZ. We didn't include the impact of social media on the U.S. presidential election, the apparent appearance of the Higgs Boson, or the U.S. military's pain ray, or even this adorable group of flying robots that make music.

The truth is the most significant tech story of 2012 may well be something we missed entirely; a story whose true importance we'll only know in the years ahead. It could be a scientific breakthrough that enables technologies that currently only exist in dreams, or the start of a company in a college dorm room that could define our future.

Either way, I look forward to what 2013 brings us.

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