Internet 2012: Naughty or nice?

Here are our picks for the organizations and individuals who've done the most to earn our thanks this year -- and those who deserve to get a lump of coal in their stockings.

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Nice: PrivacyChoice’s PrivacyFix (formerly PrivacyScore), a free Chrome add on that makes it easy to see which Facebook apps are playing fast and loose with your data.

Naughty: FunnyJunk attorney Charles Carreon trying to squeeze $20,000 out of Matt Inman and his online comic The Oatmeal by threatening a dubious defamation suit, thus enraging the Internet

Nice: Inman turning the Internet outrage into a charity drive that netted more than $200,000 for cancer research and wildlife preservation.

Naughty: Google deliberately ignoring default Do Not Track settings in Safari so it could deliver targeted ads.

Nice: The FTC fining Google $22.5 million for that – the largest fine in the agency’s history. A nice symbolic gesture, despite the fact that it represented a mere 0.06 percent of Google’s annual revenues.

Naughty: Adult site Sex.com, which shamelessly copies the look and feel of Pinterest, only with a lot less clothing.

Nice: Justin Timberlake’s new MySpace, which against all rational expectations looks like kind of a cool place to hang out. We’re all still waiting for the first wardrobe malfunction to hit.

As a large bearded man in a red suit once allegedly said, “A Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.”

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