From Sarah Palin to bike lanes, expect these to enter 2011 on the upswing
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From Sarah Palin to bike lanes, expect these to enter 2011 on the upswing
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50 People and Things That Got a Boost in 2010

50 People and Things That Got a Boost in 2010
50 People and Things That Got a Boost in 2010
From Sarah Palin to bike lanes, expect these to enter 2011 on the upswing
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Tea Party
Tea Party
New movement helps Republicans retake the House

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High-speed rail
High-speed rail
China has the world’s longest network—and plans to double it in the next decade
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Marc Andreessen
Marc Andreessen
Netscape wunderkind makes big bets on Valley startups
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Elon Musk
Elon Musk
Tesla’s CEO rides a successful IPO into Wall Street’s good graces
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Bush tax cuts
Bush tax cuts
Congressional compromise likely to preserve them
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GM and Chrysler
GM and Chrysler
Left for scrap, Detroit automakers rev up rusty engines
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AMC
AMC
The Walking Dead continues reanimation of the Mad Men network
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Zombies
Zombies
Undead TV shows, books, and games reanimate a pop culture trend
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Anonymous political contributions
Anonymous political contributions
Citizens United ruling gives business an election edge
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Chamber of Commerce
Chamber of Commerce
Washington lobbying group torments Obama
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Productivity
Productivity
Business keeps making more with less
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Corporate profits
Corporate profits
While consumers pinch pennies, companies are rolling in cash
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Friendly tycoons
Friendly tycoons
Mark Zuckerberg joins the ranks of moguls pledging to donate most of their dough
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Bike Sharing
Bike Sharing
Two-wheeler lending programs come to major U.S. cities
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Piggy banks
Piggy banks
They’re fuller: Americans’ personal savings rate hits 5.7 percent
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Nuclear power
Nuclear power
Dawn of a new Atomic Age?
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Text message donations
Text message donations
OMG! Cell phone users give over $40 million for Haiti relief
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Brazil
Brazil
Unremarkable presidential election is a vote for stability
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Bank fees
Bank fees
New regulations may mean the end of free checking
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Landon Donovan
Landon Donovan
U.S. soccer’s only household name
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John Boehner
John Boehner
Won’t cry (let’s hope) over likely promotion to House Majority Leader
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Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren
Overcomes Wall Street opposition to create a consumer protection bureau
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Weird weather
Weird weather
Moscow burns while glaciers melt
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Gourmet food trucks
Gourmet food trucks
Offspring of David Chang and a UPS truck
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Pop-up stores
Pop-up stores
Marketers make savvy use of retail vacancies
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Vinyl records
Vinyl records
New wave of appreciation sends people back to the record store
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Bedbugs
Bedbugs
Robert Pattinson isn’t the only omnipresent bloodsucker
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Bachelorhood
Bachelorhood
The median marriage age for men rises to 28 this year; for women, it’s 26
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Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin
Mama Grizzly hosts a reality show and gets a running start on 2012
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Daughter Grizzly
Daughter Grizzly
To liberals’ chagrin, Bristol Palin performs well on Dancing with the Stars
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Stieg Larsson
Stieg Larsson
The Swede’s estate is a publishing powerhouse, with 46 million books sold
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Angry Birds
Angry Birds
With more than 36 million game downloads, the irate avians catapult to fame
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End the Fed
End the Fed
Hostility to Chairman Ben Bernanke builds
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Pauls
Pauls
End the Fed author Ron and son Rand ride anti-government wave
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Tilapia
Tilapia
Wal-Mart imports 8.8 million pounds a month of the bland fish
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Rare earth metals
Rare earth metals
Essential in everything from iPhones to Priuses
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Glee
Glee
The No. 1-rated show is music to the ears of 13.6 million viewers per episode
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Paul Krugman
Paul Krugman
The Nobelist's earlier calls for more stimulus now look prescient
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Space travel
Space travel
High-flying startups prepare for launch
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Groupon
Groupon
Reached $1 billion in revenue faster than Facebook and Google did
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Tech M&A
Tech M&A
Companies have billions in cash and are ready to use it
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Privacy anxiety
Privacy anxiety
The Internet knows-and remembers-nearly everything
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Baidu
Baidu
China is Robin Li’s kingdom after Google bows out
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Tablets
Tablets
Device manufacturers want a piece of the Jobs market
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Video calls
Video calls
The future promised to us in 1985 is finally here
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Facebook
Facebook
Blows past the 500 million user mark and keeps growing
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4G
4G
High-speed wireless is coming soon to a city near you
Next Media Animation
Next Media Animation
Quick CGI recreations of big events—Tiger’s affairs, Antenna-gate—are YouTube hits
Online TV
Online TV
Prepare to say goodbye to $100 cable bills
Anonymous
Anonymous
Anarchic hackers take down sites to protest WikiLeaks censorship
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