2. Talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres will host the Oscars ceremony for a second time.
3. Will Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi try any more unorthodox economic experiments
4. Bangkok's 2014-15 fall from the top was largely put down to political instability in recent years.
6. There were reversals too. Sales of electric vehicles suffered as gas prices leveled off and then fell. Suzuki wound down its presence in the U.S. market, and Volvo looked none too healthy. Sales in China -- now the world's largest auto market -- slowed, and Europe remained deep in a slump, its fundamental overcapacity problems unsolved.
Dachis says: Zynga struggled to maintain its momentum and diversify its business in 2012. The difficult year was evident in reduced brand discussion and an increase in negativity from product shutdowns that leave the game company with a lot of work to do in 2013.