The week of December 28, 2014

2014: The Year in Review

Our 20 best stories of 2014

By Austin Powell

Looking back on our first five months and the road ahead.

The 10 biggest hacks of 2014

By Patrick Howell O'Neill

Stop what you’re doing and change your password.

Why 2014 was actually a positive year for women in tech

By Selena Larson

The first step in fixing a problem is to acknowledge it.

Quote of the week

“I had spent a large part of my career at GitHub making their culture seem friendly to women. I felt like I had lied to everyone. Like I had led women into a trap by letting them believe that meritocracy in tech is a real thing. That if we work hard enough, we’ll earn the respect of our peers.”

—Julie Ann Horvath

Features

The biggest Twitter fails of 2014

By Eric Geller

Attention brands: Learn from this list.

The 7 best streaming series of 2014

By Audra Schroeder

It was a year of transition.

The 13 most viral hoaxes of 2014

By Miles Klee

Nothing is real.

Why we can’t trust Uber and the on-demand economy

By Molly McHugh

For startup apps, trust is difficult to build and even harder to maintain.

The heroes in the fight to save the Internet

By Kevin Collier

Meet the mostly unsung soldiers in the battle to save the ‘net.

The year esports went mainstream

By Kevin Morris

The year esports went mainstream.

The 14 most important YouTubers of 2014

By Rae Votta

These men and women are the ones living the 2014 ideal of changing the face of entertainment.

Reddit 2014: The good, the bad, and the downright ugly

By Kevin Morris

It wasn’t all bad on the social news site this year—but it wasn’t pretty either.

Why newsletters are the future of online media

By Aaron Sankin

Check your inbox.

The 10 most influential fandoms of 2014

By Aja Romano & Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

If last year was the year of the fangirl, 2014 was a year of celebrating diversity.

The 10 most unexpectedly delightful Vine stars of 2014

By Greg Seals

The true acolytes of Vine were the original voices and unique personalities that cropped up seemingly out of nowhere.

The battle of Gamergate and the future of video games

By Aja Romano

Here’s everything you should know about one of the divisive battles of 2014.

The absolute best new Tumblrs of 2014

By Miles Klee

If you’re not following these blogs, you’re missing out

An undeniable 85-song sampler of the year in hip-hop

By Ramon Ramirez

Highlights from a year dominated by Rich Gang, DJ Mustard, and, sigh, Iggy Azalea.

Opinion

The most glaring lies tech companies told you in 2014

By Taylor Hatmaker

A year measured in fear and loathing.

What we’ve won and lost in the ‘War on Women’

By S.E. Smith

In 2014, for every one step forward, we took two back.

7 things we learned the hard way from Ferguson

By Gillian Branstetter

What Ferguson taught us about media—and ourselves.