As we say farewell (good riddance?) to one of the most challenging years on record, there's no better time to review the most popular stories published by DPme.com over the past 12 months.
Each of these articles received minimum four-figure hits during 2009, ranking them above all others as the most topical of the year.
So without further ado, here are the stories that ranked 16th to 20th in the list of 2009's most-read.
20. James Cameron’s Avatar: Don’t believe the hype?
Three months out from its official release, the trailer for James Cameron’s ‘extraordinary’ stereoscopic 3D feature film Avatar is wowing internet pundits.
19. du set to pioneer HDTV rollout in Middle East
UAE telco du signed an $800,000 order with Swedish IPTV specialist Tilgin as part of an ongoing upgrade of its Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) IP network in Dubai.
18. Endemol to bring Fear Factor to Egyptian screens
Endemol Middle East secured a landmark programming deal with Egyptian broadcaster Al Hayat, which saw it produce reality TV series Fear Factor Extreme on behalf of the Cairo-based channel.
17. Showtime denies Orbit merger talks
Showtime’s official denial of our breaking news exclusive still leaves us bemused in retrospect: “Showtime can categorically deny that there is any truth in these rumours…”
16. Ten Sports scores Australian-Pakistan cricket series
Ten Sports produced live broadcasts of a series of cricket matches hosted in the UAE and played between Australia and Pakistan.