updated 06:00 pm EST, Thu December 29, 2005
iPod a top tech story
The growing success of Apple's iPod is among CIO Magazine's list of the . Four years after its launch, the iPod is still "lifting company fortunes" at Apple, CIO says. Both direct sales of iPods, and the so-called Macintosh "halo-effect" are pushing Apple's income to record levels. In fact, Apple's fiscal 2005 fourth-quarter profit was the best operating quarter in company history, and analysts are forecasting further growth for Apple over the coming 12 months. Other top tech stories include the rise of Google, HP's ousting of CEO Carly Fiorina, and Microsoft's launch of the Xbox 360.