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The 16 Biggest News Stories Of 2016

Megamergers, massive security breaches, the Internet of Things, and an incendiary product failure dominated the headlines in 2016. CRN takes a look at the news stories that captured our attention during the year.

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2016: Acquisitions, IoT, Security Breaches And Exploding Phones

Compiling a list of the biggest news stories of the year is never an easy task. It's been an eventful 2016 in the IT industry and the channel – but what year isn't? While there were obvious blockbusters, it gets tougher as you get further down the list from the REALLY BIG stories and have to decide between many stories that were merely "big."

There were, as always, big acquisitions, from Dell completing its $65 billion buyout of EMC, to Oracle's $9.3 purchase of NetSuite. Some, such as CSC's merger with Hewlett Packard Enterprise's enterprise service business, won't be done deals until 2017. And some, like Verizon's $4.83 billion bid to buy Yahoo, may never materialize.

There were disasters such as Samsung's debacle with exploding Galaxy Note7 smartphones and Yahoo's disclosures of two huge security breaches. There were controversies like Microsoft's Windows 10 "nagware." And while the 2016 election consumed much of the country, IT became part of the narrative with stories about Hillary Clinton's email server and reports of Russian hacking.

Here, starting with No. 16 and working down to No. 1, are what we saw as the biggest news stories of the year.

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