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The 12 best in-depth tech stories of 2014

TechRepublic loves in-depth journalism, and not just our own. We've compiled a list of the best longform stories about technology that were published across the web in 2014

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Here at TechRepublic, we love a good longform story. In-depth reporting, sensory details, creative writing, a variety of interviews — all of these elements make for great journalism and often, important reads.

You can read our list of the 24 longform tech stories we published this year. But, we've also compiled a list of 2014's 12 best longform stories about technology from around the web. You'll notice some common themes in some of the year's best and most popular in-depth tech journalism — women in tech, youth and ageism in Silicon Valley, and secret innovations and machinations.

The holidays are the perfect time to catch up on reading, and we don't think you'll be disappointed with these picks.

1. A Brand New World In Which Men Ruled

This New York Times feature, written by Jodi Kantor, was published this week. It's an inside look at Stanford's class of 1994, whose graduates were some of the biggest names in the dot com boom. But instead of narrowing gender gaps, technology just made them worse. The piece looks into why so many men succeeded in the industry and so many women did not.

2. Cheap Words

In February, The New Yorker did a piece on Amazon's book business — and why it's so successful even though it treats books with little value, and how Bezos used books, especially in the beginning days of Amazon, as a way of gathering data on wealthy shoppers.

3. Apple Aims to Shrink Its Carbon Footprint With New Data Centers

This story was written by Steven Levy for Wired. It's a profile of Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president for environmental initiatives, and her plans for Apple's future of renewable energy. Jackson was the head of the Environmental Protection Agency before she moved to Apple.

4. Silicon Valley's Youth Problem

Written by Yiren Lu for New York Times Magazine, this story took a look at the trends in Silicon Valley, namely the ridiculousness of the apps created this year valued at extraordinarily high prices. The thesis is that there are many young, progressive people out there building products — but what problems are they really solving?

5. Meet Google's Security Princess

Published in July, this was a profile of Google's "security princess," (her real title) Parisa Tabriz, in Elle Magazine. It was written by Clare Malone. Tabriz's primary job at the company is to hack Google's systems, so that the company can fix holes before the bad guys find them.

6. The Gaming Industry's Greatest Adversary Is Just Getting Started

Bloomberg Businessweek published this profile of Anita Sarkeesian, who has gotten many death threats in her quest to expose misogyny in the video game industry. Written by Sheelah Kolhatkar, it traces the history of "#gamergate" and the potential routes forward for the industry and its glaring problems with sexism and violence towards women.

7. Kara Swisher Is Silicon Valley's Most Feared and Well-Liked Journalist. How Does That Work?

New York Magazine did this profile of Kara Swisher, co-founder of ReCode and former lead editor of AllThingsD. It's a look at her career as a professional scoop of tech news, and offers a look inside her personality as a media mogul who is both respected and feared.

8. The Truth About Google X: An Exclusive Look Behind the Secretive Lab's Closed Doors

Written by Jon Gertner for Fast Company, this longform was an in-depth look inside Google X, the lab in which Google creates and tests its moonshots — self-driving cars, Google Glass, space elevators, Project Loon.

9. Inside Sequoia Capital: Silicon Valley's Innovation Factory

George Anders and Alex Konrad wrote this story for Forbes earlier this year. It's a profile of Sequoia Capital, the way it operates and how it works a little differently than most VC firms.

10. The Brutal Ageism of Tech

The New Republic published this story, written by Noam Scheiber, early this year. It's basically a look at the ageism in Silicon Valley and why after innovators reach a certain age, they're disregarded by the tech world.

11. Why Women Aren't Welcome on the Internet

Pacific Standard published this piece in January, a while before sexual harassment on the internet was even the main headline in the news, as it has been most of this year. Writer Amanda Hess looked into the reasons women are threatened and harassed online, and why they are often told to "just ignore it."

12. What Happened to Motorola

This piece was written by Ted Fishman for Chicago Magazine is about the cultural shift that caused telecom pioneer Motorola's downward spiral.

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About Lyndsey Gilpin

Lyndsey Gilpin is a former Staff Writer for TechRepublic, covering sustainability and entrepreneurship. She's co-author of the book Follow the Geeks.

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