Top 12 tech-related Google Doodles of 2012

Google commemorates anniversaries and milestones with Google Doodles, customized versions of the familiar logo on its home page. Here are our favorite Doodles from 2012 honoring information technology innovators, inventions and events.
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Jan. 18: SOPA - PIPA

On January 18, sites from Wikipedia to Craiglist to Reddit coordinated a protest against SOPA and PIPA, two bills before Congress that threatened to censor the Internet. From individual bloggers to non-profits to massive corporations, thousands of sites participated in this synchronized strike to demonstrate what the Internet might look like if SOPA or PIPA were to be passed. Google's contribution to the revolt was to block out its search engine's logo.

Neither bill was passed, though several alternatives continue to be considered.

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