Winner: The digital economy. For the first time, tech companies now represent the five most valuable publicly traded companies in the world.

Winner: Apple, which is replacing its pistol emoji with a water gun. With billions of emoji sent every day, this small change can have a major impact on digital communication.

Winner: Workers. New apps let hourly employees trade shifts without involving a manager, uprooting the traditional power dynamic.

Winner: College graduates, who outnumber those without a diploma in the workforce for the first time.

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