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Tech Bubble 2.0: The winners and losers

Tech's second great bubble has made the strong stronger, stymied stragglers and rewritten the landscape for a slew of newcomers.

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Winner: Amazon

Amazon has consolidated its power in the last ten years becoming the e-commerce destination on the web. Now they're in the ecosystem business with their lineup of Kindle tablets, streaming media and cloud based services.

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Loser: Groupon

Groupon was at one point the rockstar of tech's second great bubble and one of the fastest growing companies ever. The company also showed us just how quickly things can turn sour. A shaky business model has seen the company lose 80 percent of its value since its IPO.

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Winner: Apple

Apple almost went the way of the dinosaur in the 90s. Its Steve Jobs led comeback is now legendary and is now one of the world's largest companies.

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Loser: Microsoft

The Xbox and Windows 7 are legitimate success stories but the company has missed the mobile boat. Windows Phone and the Surface tablet have a lot of catching up to do. Can Windows 8 save the day?

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Winner: Google

Between Search and Adwords and Android and Nexus, Google has truly taken over the world. They also want to write the future developing new technologies like wearable computers and self-driving cars.

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Winner: Facebook

Sure the IPO was a disaster but Facebook is still a star with its 1 billion users worldwide. Its stock is also recovering. Not only that, they own Instagram, the second hottest social network around.

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Loser: Vonage

The voice-over-IP broadband telephony company has seen better days with increasing competition from products like Apple's FaceTime, Google Hangouts and Skype.

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Winner: Instagram

It's crazy to think the free photo-sharing (and sepia filtering) app was launched just two years ago. Earlier this spring it was sold to Facebook for about $1 billion in cash and stock.

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Loser: LivingSocial

Daily deal sites are struggling, LivingSocial included. The company just slashed 400 from its workforce as part of cost-cutting measures.

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Winner: ARM

With its focus on energy consumption, ARM has taken over the mobile processor market.

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Loser: Digg

Digg was supposed to be the next big thing. Instead, a controversial site update saw the site flameout and cede its market share to reddit.

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Winner: LinkedIn

The Facebook for working professionals is expanding, making money and also turning itself into a publishing behemoth.

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Loser: Intel

Like Microsoft, that other old-school giant, Intel has made little headway into mobile.

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Loser: MySpace

MySpace used to be a big deal, before Facebook that is. Will a Justin Timberlake sponsored revamp inspire a comeback?

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Winner Reddit:

Reddit has gone from a nerd destination full of cat pictures, narwhal references and "Jailbait" to one of the Internet's top destinations. The site recently hosted President Obama for an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session.

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Loser: Zynga

The company built a FarmVille empire on Facebook's platform. These days, it's struggling to reinvent itself profitably on mobile with games like Words with Friends and Draw Something.

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Winner: Twitter

After a redesign that made it more accessible for newbies, Twitter continues to shine and grow.

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Tech Bubble 2.0: The winners and losers

Tech's second great bubble has made the strong stronger, stymied stragglers and rewritten the landscape for a slew of newcomers.

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