This week, we have a freewheeling discussion about the tech highlights of 2014, with our special guest New Relic editor-in-chief Fred Paul, plus VentureBeat’s Barry Levine, Mark Sullivan, and Dylan Tweney.

Facebook released its most talked-about topics of 2014 on the social network, and the people at Microsoft’s Bing search engine released a “most searched for” list, and Spotify shared its most streamed artist of 2014. You’ll hear our thoughts on the picks.

We discuss Apple’s list of the most downloaded free and paid apps for iPhone and iPad, as well as our own Barry Levine’s upcoming 2014 “Naughty and Nice” list, which calls out the companies that were especially bad or good in social media this year.

Plus, we discuss some of the standout startups of 2014, including Yo, Prezi, Slack, and Swrve.

And we tell you what to think about these news highlights:

All this and more is in our latest weekly episode. Check it out!

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