Towards the end of the year we asked members of our editorial team to pick a story or two that defined the past 12 months for their beat.
Kirsten Korosec: Uber went from being a company that tried to cover everything in transportation to one that focused on hail driving and delivery with a view to achieving profitability in 2021. To get there, Uber relocated its micro-mobility unit Jump, its self-driving subsidiary Uber ATG, and the air taxi moon shot Uber Elevate.
Devin Coldewey: Technology played a vital role in reporting protests against police violence in the summer. Disinformation and discord spread like wildfire on social media, but also important information and documentation about brutality, often via the newly popular medium of live streaming.
Brian Heater: Smartphone sales fell sharply as people stayed home and spent fewer luxury items. The expected recovery of 5G handsets will have to wait until 2021.
Natasha Mascarenhas: Edtech, a sector that was notoriously undercapitalized, became rich in cash when the coronavirus spurred widespread distance learning. Startups could raise funds, make initial profits and eventually go from being a tool to a necessity.