Do you remember 2008? Techmeme (still) does, with a chronological top 50 list

Thursday, January 1, 2009 9:10PM ET
by Gabe Rivera     Permalink

If you're like me, you're not happy at all about 2009. As of this evening, no signs of economic recovery have yet emerged, and it feels like people haven't even gone back to work. 2008 in contrast was a year in which we lived like there was no recession. Because we didn't yet know we were in one. At least until our Q4 budgets were already allocated.

We already surveyed the 10 biggest stories of 2008, but as we could all use a heaping second dose of nostalgia today, here are the top 50 headlines of last year, this time arranged chronologically. The headlines tell the tale of a year in which we laughed at Yahoo, only to learn in the end we were all Yahoos. Or something like that. Enjoy!

1/3 Robert Scoble / Scobleizer: Facebook disabled my account
1/3 Om Malik / GigaOM: A Heart-to-Heart with GigaOM Readers
1/4 Catherine Holahan / Business Week: Sony BMG Lets the Music Play
1/8 Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb: Bombshell: Google and Facebook Join
2/1 Microsoft: Microsoft Proposes Acquisition of Yahoo! for $31 per Share
2/3 Official Google Blog: Yahoo! and the future of the Internet
2/4 Mike Nash / Windows Vista Team Blog: Announcing the RTM of Windows Vista SP1
2/5 Christine Monaghan / Apple: Apple Adds New iPhone & iPod touch Models
2/8 Michael Arrington / TechCrunch: Yahoo Board To Determine Fate Of Company Today
2/9 Wall Street Journal: Yahoo to Reject Microsoft Bid
2/11 PR Newswire: Microsoft Responds to Yahoo! Announcement
2/21 Microsoft: Microsoft Makes Strategic Changes in Technology and Business Practices …
3/7 Michael Arrington / TechCrunch: Google, Microsoft Said To Be Preparing Bids For Digg
4/5 Matt Richtel / New York Times: In Web World of 24/7 Stress, Writers Blog Till They Drop
4/7 Michael Arrington / TechCrunch: Google Jumps Head First Into Web Services With Google App Engine
4/9 Wall Street Journal: Yahoo to Test Google Ads As It Mulls Broader Deal
4/29 Scott Moritz / Techland: AT&T to cut the price of Apple's new iPhone
5/3 Microsoft: Microsoft Withdraws Proposal to Acquire Yahoo!
5/9 Dave Morin / Facebook Developers: Announcing Facebook Connect
5/12 Sean Carlson / Google: Previewing Google Friend Connect: Website owners can make any site social
5/16 Michael Arrington / TechCrunch: Breaking: Condé Nast/Wired Acquires Ars Technica
5/20 Jesusdiaz / Gizmodo: iPhone 3G Launch Date Confirmed
5/28 Apple: About the Mac OS X 10.5.3 Update
5/29 Jim Louderback / Revision3 » blog: Inside the Attack that Crippled Revision3
6/9 Ryan Block / Engadget: Steve Jobs keynote live from WWDC 2008
6/9 Paul Miller / Engadget: iPhone 3G is finally official, starts at $199, available July 11th
6/26 Matt Marshall / VentureBeat: Microsoft to buy semantic search engine Powerset for $100M plus
7/1 Live Search: Powerset joins Live Search
7/2 Wall Street Journal: Microsoft Seeks Partners For a New Run at Yahoo
7/8 Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology: Newer, Faster, Cheaper iPhone 3G
7/14 Apple: Apple Sells One Million iPhone 3Gs in First Weekend
7/22 Michael Arrington / TechCrunch: Google In Final Negotiations To Acquire Digg For “Around $200 Million”
7/23 Cedric Dupont / The Official Google Blog: Knol is open to everyone
7/25 The Official Google Blog: We knew the web was big...
8/5 Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop: Steve Jobs: MobileMe “not up to Apple's standards”
8/28 Android Developers Blog: Android Market: a user-driven content distribution system
9/1 Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped: Google Chrome, Google's Browser Project
9/1 The Official Google Blog: A fresh take on the browser — At Google, we have a saying: “launch early and iterate.”
9/17 Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer: Google to buy Valve
9/17 Stuart Elliott / New York Times: Echoing the Campaign of a Rival, Microsoft Aims to Redefine 'I'm a PC'
10/1 Apple Developer Connection: To Our Developers — We have decided to drop the non-disclosure …
10/13 Mike Nash / Windows Vista Team Blog: Introducing Windows 7 — Hi there, Mike Nash here.
10/14 Joshua Topolsky / Engadget: Live from Apple's “spotlight turns to notebooks” event
11/5 The Official Google Blog: Ending our agreement with Yahoo!
11/14 John Markoff / New York Times: Google Is Taking Questions (Spoken, via iPhone)
11/17 Kara Swisher / BoomTown: Yahoo's Jerry Yang to Step Down, As a Search for New CEO Commences
11/24 Kara Swisher / BoomTown: When Twitter Met Facebook: The Acquisition Deal That Fail-Whaled
12/4 The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report: Apple to sell a $99 4GB iPhone at Walmart?
12/16 Steve Dowling / Apple: Apple Announces Its Last Year at Macworld
12/19 Wall Street Journal: Music Industry to Abandon Mass Suits

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