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It has been another year of news dominated by Brexit and Donald Trump, but the stories most read by FT readers spanned a much wider range of subjects from the worlds of tech, investment and economics.

You focused on FT exclusives, led by big stories about a vulnerability in WhatsApp and Jony Ive’s departure from Apple, as well as our landmark interviews with Vladimir Putin and Warren Buffett.

How did we select these stories? We looked at the number of readers who found each piece and how long they spent with them to gauge which were most valuable to you.

Did we miss one of your favourite stories? Are there other subjects you would have liked to see us cover? Tell us in the comments below.

The FT broke the news about a vulnerability in WhatsApp — the messaging app used by 1.5bn people worldwide — that allowed attackers to inject commercial Israeli spyware on to both iPhones and Android phones. Read more.

Apple’s outgoing chief design officer spoke exclusively to the FT about setting up his new venture, a business called LoveFrom, with Apple as its first client. Read more.

In a landmark moment, Google claimed to have built the world’s first quantum computer, a machine that it said could carry out calculations far beyond the ability of today’s most powerful supercomputers. Read more.

Simon Kuper says Brexit was rooted in the Oxford university of the 1980s. In this FT Magazine feature, he argues that any understanding of Britain’s ruling class requires returning to that place and time. Read more.

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Vladimir Putin told the FT in an exclusive interview in the Kremlin that “the liberal idea” had “outlived its purpose”. The Russian president said national populism movements in Europe and America showed that the public had turned decisively against immigration, open borders and multiculturalism. Read more.

The appeal of emerging markets is fading as growth potential dims — and this Big Read explains why. Threats to globalisation are part of the explanation. So too are slowing growth in China and changing financial conditions after a decade of easy money. Read more.

The legendary investor talks to the FT about luck, forecasts and finding value in an overheated market. Read more.

The Big Four accounting firm told staff in an internal memo that it would start taking back company phones in October. It was the latest attempt to rein in costs. Read more.

In this Big Read, Martin Wolf argues that something has gone wrong in the world economy as we witness an “unholy trinity” of slowing productivity growth, soaring inequality and huge financial shocks. Read more.

The plunge in interest rates since the financial crisis is wreaking havoc on pension funds. Is intervention needed to prevent the pension pain spreading to the wider economy? Read more.