The 12 Most Important Tech Stories of the Year

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2011 was a big year for technology stories. It began with an explosion of protests across the Middle East and, alongside them, a debate about technology's role in their spread and power. The year has ended with a similar story -- the role of technology in the Occupy protests here in the United States. That's why, for 2011, mobile protests were the defining tech story. In between, the year saw growing competition among the top tech companies, the growth of the tablet market (dominated by the iPad), and the loss of one of the greatest tech leaders of our time, Steve Jobs. Here's our roundup of 2011's most important tech developments.

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Alexis C. Madrigal

Alexis Madrigal is the deputy editor of TheAtlantic.com, where he also oversees the Technology Channel. He's the author of Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology. More

The New York Observer has called Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science Web site in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti.

He's spoken at Stanford, CalTech, Berkeley, SXSW, E3, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and his writing was anthologized in Best Technology Writing 2010 (Yale University Press).

Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.

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