TechCrunch’s top stories of 2020

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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