Video: TechCrunch editors choose their top stories of 2020

As the year draws to a close, we asked members of our edit staff to choose a story or two that defined the last 12 months for their beat.

Kirsten Korosec: Uber evolved from a company trying to cover everything in transportation to one focused on ride hailing and delivery as it aims for profitability in 2021. To get there, Uber offload its micromobility unit Jump, its self driving subsidiary Uber ATG and air taxi moonshot Uber Elevate.

Devin Coldewey: Technology played a pivotal role in the coverage of protests against police violence over the summer. Disinformation and discord spreading like wildfire on social media, but so did important information and documentation of brutality, often via the newly popular medium of livestreaming. 

Brian Heater: Smartphone sales suffered a major decline as people stayed home and spent less one luxury items. The expected rebound from 5G handsets will have to wait for 2021.

Natasha Mascarenhas: Edtech, a sector that was notoriously undercapitalized, got a cash-rich spotlight as the coronavirus spurred widespread remote learning. Startups were able to raise funds, turn first profits, and finally grow from a tool to a necessity.

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