The top 10 social-media stories that shaped 2012

With outlandish lawsuits, a botched IPO, and a detailed social record of historic world events, 2012 will be remembered as a year of extreme highs and lows in social media. Here are the top 10 social stories that defined the year.

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Steve Ballmer makes case for total Windows domination

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer sketched his view of technology’s future in an onstage discussion with LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman tonight in a wide-ranging discussion that covered everything from Surface to Windows Phone to Xbox to cloud services.

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Meritful wants to be the LinkedIn of high school

Students are using Facebook and Twitter all the time, but for most, it’s hardly something they’d like future employers — or college admission counselors — to seem. That’s a problem that will soon be in the rear-view mirror, if new startup Meritful is successful.

LinkedIn grew revenue 89 percent to $228.2M in Q2

Ever the professional, LinkedIn again proved to Wall Street that it can deliver on promises. The social network for workers came in fairly strong with its second quarter earnings report and posted $228.2 million in revenue, which was higher than expected, and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.16.