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What a year 2016 was. There was a US presidential election with an unexpected result, a UK referendum on leaving the European Union with an unexpected result, a constitutional referendum in Italy with an unexpected result... you get the picture. One thing that wasn't out of the ordinary was a year of outstanding stories from the writers at Ars Technica.

2016 saw record traffic for Ars, both in pages served and unique visitors. People not only want to read our takes on the shiniest, newest gadgets; they stop by Ars to learn not only what's going on but why it's important.

As we prepare to put 2016 in our collective rearview mirror, we thought you'd like a look at our top 10 multipage features and single-page news stories from 2016.

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