By Cynthia L. Webb, washingtonpost.com Staff Writer
Will 2004 be remembered as the year the technology sector grew up? There are plenty of reasons to think so. From Silicon Valley darling Google coming out of its cocoon in the biggest IPO since the tech bust, to the mainstreaming of open-source software and the rise of satellite radio, the year was full of signs that technology companies are not just done licking their wounds — they’re expanding, investing and otherwise preparing to write the next chapter of the New Economy manifesto.
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