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The most popular story link clicked on by readers of TechNews during 2016 was a link to the Dec. 18, 2016 Fast Company article "These Universities Are Training The World's Top Coders," which seeks to answer the question, “Which universities have students who can roll up their sleeves and code?”

Following are the 10 most frequently clicked-on article links in TechNews during 2016:

Rank Article Publication Date URL
1 These Universities Are Training The World's Top Coders Fast Company Dec. 18, 2016 https://www.fastcompany.com/3066485/the-future-of-work/these-universities-are-training-the-worlds-top-coders
2 21 hot programming trends -- and 21 going cold InfoWorld March 10, 2016 http://www.infoworld.com/article/3039935/application-development/21-hot-programming-trends-and-21-going-cold.html
3 5 tech trends that have Turing Award winners worried Computerworld Sept. 23, 2016 http://computerworld.com/article/3123488/internet-of-things/5-tech-trends-that-have-turing-award-winners-worried.html
4 Powerful NSA hacking tools have been revealed online The Washington Post Aug. 16, 2016 https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/powerful-nsa-hacking-tools-have-been-revealed-online/2016/08/16/bce4f974-63c7-11e6-96c0-37533479f3f5_story.html?utm_term=.5400830909d6
5 Who’s the Michael Jordan of computer science? New tool ranks researchers' influence Science April 20, 2016 http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/04/who-s-michael-jordan-computer-science-new-tool-ranks-researchers-influence
6 Encryption breakthrough: Scientists derice truly random numbers using two-source extractors TechRepublic July 25, 2016 http://www.techrepublic.com/article/computer-scientists-derive-truly-random-numbers-using-two-source-extractors/
7 A bug in fMRI software could invalidate 15 years of brain research ScienceAlert July 6, 2016 http://www.sciencealert.com/a-bug-in-fmri-software-could-invalidate-decades-of-brain-research-scientists-discover
8 Researchers found mathematical structure that was thought not to exist Aalto University Nov. 15, 2016 http://www.aalto.fi/en/current/news/2016-11-14-002/
9 Deep-Learning Machine Listens to Bach, Then Writes Its Own Music in the Same Style MIT Technology Review Dec. 14, 2016 https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603137/deep-learning-machine-listens-to-bach-then-writes-its-own-music-in-the-same-style/
10 The top 10 emerging technologies of 2016 Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence June 23, 2016 http://www.kurzweilai.net/the-top-10-emerging-technologies-of-2016

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