Technology’s transformation of society seems to be speeding up. And now we know where it all leads: to the 25th floor of Trump Tower, and a central spot in the national dialogue over an evolving economy, with all its accompanying winners and losers. My opening essay in the 2016 year end issue of Bloomberg Businessweek.

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Bitcoin is the digital currency that thrills nerds, inspires libertarians, and incites the passions of economists who debate the value of money made from nothing but ones and zeroes. A Bloomberg Businessweek cover story.

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It’s been a year since the longtime Google executive took the reigns at Yahoo!, the company with the inexplicably exuberant exclamation mark. I got an exclusive interview for this Businessweek cover.

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An exclusive peek at Google’s secret Lab, Google X, whose mandate is to come up with technologies that sound more like plot contrivances from Star Trek than products that might satisfy the short-term demands of Google’s shareholders.at

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The grounding of the Boeing 787 was in many respects inevitable for a project marked by narrowed visions and provides a dispiriting example of the shrinking tolerance for risk among corporate executives and government regulators.

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Since Jobs’s death one year ago, many Apple observers have predicted the company would suffer from the loss of his internal authority and intuition about product design and features. Apple is undoubtedly a different company under Tim Cook. It misses Jobs’s conspicuous creativity and entrepreneurial fervor, but it’s gaining in maturity, rationality, and, yes, value.

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Silicon Valley startups in the distributed workforce movement want to help auction off our most tedious chores. I dove into the labor pool.

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Throughout its first five years of existence, Twitter always seemed on the verge of committing some excruciating form of startup seppuku. Now something freakish is happening in San Francisco. Twitter, which for years treated the responsibility of earning money as an annoying distraction, may be turning into a viable business.

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Amazon and New York City book publishers have very different views of the future of the book business.

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AeroVironment was founded in 1971 by Paul MacCready, a legend in aerospace engineering and meteorology. MacCready obsessed with unconventional planes that flew without conventional fuel. In 1977 he created the Gossamer Condor, a pedal-powered craft made of piano wire, Mylar, and old bike parts. Now his company is a leader in unmanned aerial vehicles.

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A number of high-ranking Apple executives left the company because they found working with Forstall so difficult. That sentiment, it seems, has not been limited to fellow executives. One former member of the iOS team, a senior engineer, describes leaving Apple after growing tired of working with Forstall and hearing his common refrain: “Steve wouldn’t like that.”

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When Steve Jobs passed away in the fall of 2011, we assembled a tribute issue of Bloomberg Businessweek that hit newsstands a few days later. Here is my chapter from the issue, about his triumphant return to Apple.

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Tencent is the Internet Goliath you’ve either never heard of or know little about. Yet 674 million Chinese actively use its QQ service, and hundreds of millions more are familiar with its cute cartoon mascot, a winking, scarf-wearing penguin that has helped make Tencent one of the most recognized brands in China.

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The HB Gary saga—involving a high-powered Washington (D.C.) law firm, the Justice Dept., and the whistle-blower site WikiLeaks—hasn’t just been entertaining geek theater but a rare look into the esoteric realm of cyber-security.

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Virgin America’s philosophy of fun in the skies has shown promise, despite byzantine regulations and powerful competitors. But the airline is at a turning point, and its future is far from certain.

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