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Xconomy Boston’s Top 20 Stories of the Year: Editor’s Picks

‘Tis the season to be jolly—and to recap the top stories of the year from Xconomy Boston.

As always, these aren’t necessarily the highest-traffic stories, though in some cases they are. More importantly, they are stories that best represent what we as a staff try to deliver to our readers every day: real stories, features, narratives, Q&As, and news analysis about the people, companies, and trends that are shaping the future of innovation in New England and beyond.

With just a little more ado…let me tell you that our picks for 2012 span the fields of software, mobile, e-commerce, health and fitness, travel, politics, fashion, angel investing, venture capital, talent clusters, big data, drugs, genomics, life sciences, health IT, water, energy, and even a fast underwater ship.

It’s an even more diverse selection than usual, by my count. One common thread: the fascinating people, ideas, and strategies behind the headlines.

Just like the Oscars, a slight preference was shown to stories from late in the year. But only slight. (Look, otherwise you’d have to sit through a “Top Stories of Q4” post in addition to this one.) And no, I’m not going to say anything specific about Boston-area trends in this post; but you can scan the headlines and get a sense for some of the important things that happened this year.

OK, here are the stories, sorted by sector:

Top 10 Tech Stories of 2012

Amazon’s Boston Expansion: Cloud, Kiva, Digital Product Jobs

Gemvara CEO Matt Lauzon Steps Down: Thoughts on Startup Legacy and Future

RunKeeper’s Marathon Plan for Startup Success: “We’re Not in a Rush”

Top Angel Investors of New England: An Innovation Slideshow

Dan Weinreb, Boston Computer Geek, Community Figure, Dies of Cancer

Boom or Bust? 11 Big Bets on the Future of Boston Tech

Juliet Marine’s “Ghost” Ship Emerges from Stealth Startup, Gears Up for War

Massachusetts’ New Big-Data Initiative to Include MIT, Intel, and HackReduce

From MIT Entrepreneur to Tea Party Leader: The Thomas Massie Story

Google, ITA, and the Future of Travel: It’s All About Data, Not Search

Fashion Tech Startups Emerging from Harvard Business School Runway in Droves: The (Fashion) Slide Show

 

Top 10 Life Sciences and Cleantech Stories of 2012

Xconomist of the Week: Alexis Borisy Still Likes Early Stage Biotechs

A123 Goes on the Auction Block: Here’s How It Got This Bad

Moderna, $40M in Tow, Hopes to Reinvent Biotech with “Make Your Own Drug”

Massachusetts Water Mission to Israel Looks to “Win Inbound Innovation”

Watch Out SF, Boston Is Turning Into Biotech’s No. 1 Cluster

After Big Oops, Vertex Plows Ahead with Cystic Fibrosis Drug Combo

Gamification Hits Healthcare as Startups Vie for Cash and Partners

Ready or Not, Genomics Is Coming to a Hospital Near You

Xconomist of the Week: Tom Maniatis on Prize4Life and ALS Research

Sanofi CEO Viehbacher on Stirring Innovation in the Era of R&D Cutbacks