Even in its earliest days, you could have predicted much of what the Internet would spawn; the draw of adult content, the popularity of cat videos, the human interaction afforded by social networking and games, the emergence of self-made celebrities and trolls. But no one could have predicted that the fastest growing company of the Internet era would be a new-fangled taxi company. As FastCo’s Max Chafkin explains in his expansive portrait of Uber leader Travis Kalanic, the company is not only big and growing, it’s having an enormous global impact: “No other one-tap-economy company has changed society like Uber has.”

+ When I first read this Reuters headline, I thought it was referring to an act of war: Uber to enter 100 more Chinese cities in next 12 months.