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PHOTOS: Top 10 California business and economics stories of 2012

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This is one in a series of year-end stories that look back at the most memorable pieces KPCC reporters worked on in 2012 and look ahead at a key issue that will be the focus of coverage in the coming year.

How much happened in the Golden State in 2012 when it comes to business? Lots. Lots and lots. The DeBord Report covered most of it. 

The slide show above serves up the business year in pictures for the state with the largest economy and two of America's most storied industries: Hollywood and high-tech.

And if you want to review the business year in links to the original posts...well, I've got that covered, too.

10. Apple introduces the iPhone 5 and the iPad Mini — the first all-new gadgets rolled out by Cupertino since the death of Steve Jobs

9. The long, long, LONG Tribune Co. bankruptcy comes to and end. So who will buy the Los Angeles Times?

8. Glamorous nerd tycoon Elon Musk ushers in a new era of private space exploration with SpaceX's successful missions to the International Space Station.

7. Disney shakes up it movie business, just in time for "The Avengers" to break box office records — and then buys "Star Wars!"

6. The weird, weird world of the California real-estate recovery.

5. Marissa Mayer takes the helm at Yahoo.  Can the Google superstar — and one of the few female top tech CEOs — rescue the struggling Internet colossus?

4. Hollywood and Silicon Valley still can't get along. We they be able to settle their differences in 2013?

3. California finally sees light at the end of the tunnel for its unemployment crisis.

2. Stockton, San Bernardino, and Mammoth Lakes all declare bankruptcy.

1. Facebook's $100 billion IPO disaster.

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