IPOs, big deals and hacking scandals: the year that was

IPOs, big deals and hacking scandals: the year that was View Gallery

Big buys were the early stories of the tech year, but the spending spree by a number of giant firms gave way to fear as the year wore on and other stories dominated the headlines. Emmet Ryan recaps the events that shaped technology in 2014

The massive leak of data from Sony, which began with emails being leaked that involved movie deals, unhappy staff, and all sorts of office politics, gathered momentum in recent weeks.

The matter was serious, given the amount of valuable business data involved, but it jumped to another level when it led to Sony Pictures pulling The Interview, a parody movie about a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Threats of violence at...

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