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History will remember 2016 as when digital became a constant overlay to real life, with presidential candidates trolling one another on social media before and after debates while mobile game players chased Pokemon Go characters from one end of town to the next. We'll soon look back on a year that saw Snapchat grow up as an ad business and ready itself for Wall Street.
Without question, it has been an unusually interesting year in tech, and our editors have selected the annual Hot List honorees for the category, with readers voting on their own favorites in our weeks-long poll.