In Pictures: 33 best and worst celebrity tech moments of 2012

Playing Steve Jobs, Gaga over social networking and more tech endorsements than you can shake an iPhone at

Celebs bankroll techie startups

The free website, Duolingo, from a pair of Carnegie Mellon University computer scientists serves double duty: It helps people learn new languages while also translating the text on Web pages into different languages. Duolingo, spun off in November 2011 to offer commercial and free translation services, received $3.3 million in funding from Union Square Ventures, actor Ashton Kutcher and others. Another startup, Stamped, from a couple of ex-Googlers and another partner who came up with a new app for more social restaurant and small business reviews, got backing from Google Ventures, but also Ryan Seacrest, Ellen DeGeneres and Justin Bieber

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