Staff members in Turnitin's downtown Oakland office. (Photo courtesy Turnitin)

Education software company Turnitin is arguably one of Oakland’s biggest technology companies that few people know about. Turnitin, which makes anti-plagiarism software, was founded in 1998 by John Barrie and Christian Storm. Both were doctoral candidates in neuroscience at UC Berkeley when they came up with the idea after seeing a high level of plagiarism…

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Four gamers huddled around a television playing "Super Slam Dunk Touchdown" at Reddit HQ.

The gamers’ cries were punctuated by clocks of game controllers, flips of cards and a crackle of pizza crusts—all part of the soundtrack at Reddit on November 7 as the social networking and news site participated in Extra Life’s 24-hour Game Day to raise money for Children’s Hospital Oakland.

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Imam Ali Ahmed Mukasa, an immigrant from Uganda, has been head of Lighthouse Mosque in Oakland for the last eight years, although for six of those years he has been on a visitation visa. Though he has applied for adjustment of status through a family petition with his wife, his future is uncertain as he waits for an interview that will determine whether he can stay in the country.

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From covering Jean Quan’s surprise win in Oakland’s mayoral election to attending graffiti art exhibitions; from covering Oakland Tech football to talking to undocumented teens hoping for the passage of the DREAM Act — if it happened in Oakland, our reporters were there. Click through to see some of our favorite photos from the year.

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