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2020 Tech Highlights & Weaknesses Countdown

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Ready for 2021? As you walk through the steps leading to the end of this terrible year, here’s one: This is the last datasheet for 2020, as we won’t be releasing for the next two weeks. I will rejuvenate myself during a touching stay in Boston with immediate family and our snow loving dog Luna:

But before you go, here are some highlights from this year’s newsletter.

From five most read essays by subscribers of the datasheet was Danielle’s article on Netflix Wins Most Oscar Nominations (Spoiler alert: he won only two. Laura Dern in Marriage story won Best Supporting Actress and American factory was the best documentary).

Robert had two, the top two overall, in fact. His article on Jeff Bezos phone hack was only surpassed by his article on Iran’s cyberattack capabilities following the attack of an American drone killing Qassem Suleimani.

To complete the top five, I wrote an article Sony’s buzzing but unreal electric car (“A car that no one will ever drive”) and a rather difficult assessment of Ginni Rometty’s tenure at IBM.

All of our essays were greatly improved by our newsletter editor Karen Yuan, who is particularly adept at writing subject lines. Data Sheet readers seemed the most eager to read the newsletter at the start of the year, primarily COVID, which was when Adam was working on his report in San Francisco.

We also publish every newsletter on and the most popular numbers among web readers were quite different. Adam landed three of the top five with his tries on the the economic damage of the pandemic, Amazon policy sale of anti-vaccine books, and an explanation of how to start the scooter Bird’s $ 2.5 billion valuation. Only two trials did better than those on the web. My August article on MIT’s false moon landing speech and Robert’s recent scoop that well-known investor Keith Rabois was abandon bay area.

The newsletter also aims to bring you essential readings in the technological landscape. Here are the five most read links of the year:

And we always try to leave something a little fun for you at the end of the newsletter. The favorite of the year in this department was this amazing video set up at the Juilliard School as the pandemic was just beginning. Here is a 2021 filled with brighter music! See you next year.

Aaron Pressman


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