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UPDATE - The top 10 stories of 2005

Midway through the decade, new pricing and business models championed by relative upstarts such as Google Inc. and Salesforce.com Inc. are forcing established players to reinvent themselves. Meanwhile, old-line companies that have failed to meet the challenges of the new millennium are cleaning house, sometimes starting with the chief executive. Here, not necessarily in order of importance, are the IDG News Service's pick of the top stories of the year, significant in themselves but often indicating larger IT trends.

Topics include:

1. Oracle buys Siebel: M&A market stays hot
2. The bet that failed: HP fires Fiorina
3. Sony dumps Idei, elevates Stringer
4. Google, supernova
5. Web 2.0: Software as a service is real

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