10 Biggest Tech Headlines in 2012

The year 2012 was jam-packed with news about technology. Pirates and Apples and lawsuits, oh my! iStockphoto/Thinkstock

Keeping up with tech news is exhausting. It seems like every day there's a major shift in a company's executive structure or a new product hitting store shelves. As Anthony Burgess's antihero from "A Clockwork Orange" points out, things change so quickly that everyone is forgets what's happening from one day to the next.

That's where we come in. We've scoured the headlines for 2012 and collected 10 stories that captured our attention throughout the year. We looked at product releases and legislation related to the tech sector, and cast our eyes toward space.

But in any list, some things will get left out. For example, one huge news story that didn't get a lot of coverage in the United States was about a power blackout that happened in India in July 2012. More than 700 million people were without power as utility companies failed to meet the demand for electricity [source: Pidd].

Narrowing down the items in this list was tricky. These stories had a big impact on the tech news cycle and many of them are part of a bigger story of what is going on in the tech world in general. We've laid out the stories chronologically. Let's get started!