Trending: Amazon Go automated retail store handles a crowd on opening morning — and the only line was outside

There was no shortage of news on the technology beat during the month of January, one of the reasons that GeekWire’s traffic soared to record heights. And it doesn’t look like things will be slowing down anytime soon, with President Barack Obama touting the importance of innovation in his State of the Union Address; Facebook filing for an initial public offering and continuing to invest in new businesses.

But before we peer too far ahead, here’s a look back at the past month. It was actually the passing of two remarkable individuals — one a household name in Steve Jobs, and the other a rising star in Arfa Karim Randhawa — which captivated readers.

In case you missed our coverage, here’s a look at the top 10 stories on GeekWire for January. Thanks again to everyone for reading, commenting and Tweeting. We couldn’t do this without you!

Arfa Karim Randhawa, 1995-2012: Hear her philosophy of life (128 comments, 1,303 Tweets)

The coding game: Microsoft’s Visual Studio gets badges, achievements and leaderboard (27 comments, 717 Tweets)

Video: Bill Gates on his last visit with Steve Jobs (4 comments, 196 Tweets)

 A message from Arfa: Remembering a remarkable girl who made a mark on Microsoft (63 comments, 447 Tweets)

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Top 10 reasons why Darth Vader was an amazing project manager (76 comments, 6,962 Tweets)

CES: Windows Phone outpaces rivals in Microsoft speed challenge (28 comments, 565 Tweets)

The vibrator of the future: Revel Body uses sonic tech to power new sex toy line (8 comments, 95 Tweets)

Startup Spotlight: BlooperBox is America’s Funniest Home Videos for the Web (minus Bob Saget) (4 comments, 37 Tweets)

How Carly screwed up AT&T’s $39B T-Mobile acquisition (17 comments, 37 Tweets)

Geek heaven: Star Trek meets Settlers of Catan (3 comments, 58 Tweets)

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