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Ready for 2021? If you keep track of the milestones leading up to the end of this terrible year, here’s one: this is the final data sheet for 2020 as we won’t be releasing it for the next two weeks. I will recharge my batteries during a thrilling stay in Boston with my immediate family and our snow-loving dog Luna:
But before you get started, here are some highlights from this year’s newsletter.
Under the five most-read articles of Data Sheet subscribers, Danielle’s piece was over Netflix captures the most Oscar nominations (Spoiler alert: It only won two. Laura Dern in Marriage history won best supporting actress and American factory was the best documentary).
Robert had two, the two best indeed. His piece about that Hacking Jeff Bezos’ cell phone was only surpassed by his piece Iran Cyber Attack Capabilities after the US drone attack that killed Qassem Suleimani.
All of our essays have been greatly improved by our newsletter editor, Karen Yuan, who is particularly adept at writing the subject lines. Datasheet readers seemed most likely to be interested in reading the newsletter earlier this year, before the whole COVID thing, when Adam was working on his San Francisco report.
We also publish every newsletter on Fortune.com and the most popular editions among web readers were very different. Adam grabbed three of the top 5 with his essays on that economic damage from the pandemic, Amazon policy by Selling anti-vaccine booksand an explanation of how to start the scooter Bird’s valuation of $ 2.5 billion. Only two essays were better than the one on the internet. My August piece over MIT’s fake moon landing speech and Robert’s recent finding that the noted investor was Keith Rabois Leaving the Bay Area.
The newsletter is also about providing you with the most important information in the technology landscape. Here are the five most-read links of the year:
- Coronavirus: The black swan of 2020 (Redwoodtree)
- Technology and the Covid Pandemic (Mauro F. Guillén)
- 23 minutes with pelotons Robin Arzón
- Fortunes 2020 40 Under 40 List
- Elon Musk, who bursts into domestic bliss (Maureen Dowd)
And we always try to give you something fun at the end of the newsletter. Was the favorite of the year in this department This amazing video collected at the Juilliard School when the pandemic was just beginning. To a year 2021 full of brilliant music! See you next year.