TechCrunch’s top stories of 2020

As the year comes to a close, some of our editors share their top stories from 2020.

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  • For Seattle’s cop-free protest zone, tech is both a revolutionary asset and disastrous liability
  • Uber in talks to sell ATG self-driving unit to Aurora
  • Uber sells self-driving unit Uber ATG in deal that will push Aurora’s valuation to $10B
  • Aurora sends offers to majority of Uber ATG employees, but not the R&D lab
  • Uber leads $170M Lime investment, offloads Jump to Lime
  • Uber sells air taxi business Elevate to Joby Aviation, shedding its last moonshot
  • Uber sells $500M stake in its freight business as the ride-hailing giant works to conserve cash
  • COVID-19 blamed as smartphone sales plummet 20% in Q2
  • Edtech is surging, and parents have some notes
  • SpaceX makes history with successful first human space launch
  • SpaceX and NASA successfully launch four astronauts to space for first operational Dragon crew mission
  • SpaceX flies its Starship rocket to 40,000 feet, just misses the landing in explosive finale
  • SpaceX snags $885M from FCC to serve rural areas with Starlink


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