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The Year in Tech, Explained in Charts and Numbers

A quick review of everything that went the industry’s way in 2020.

At the beginning of 2020, the verb “to zoom” had nothing to do with video chatting. Then the pandemic upended everything, in ways that often benefited tech. Streaming and gaming boomed, of course, as did businesses involved in delivering something—anything!—to your house.

The populace could be less housebound by the middle of 2021, so we may learn whether huge increases in online grocery orders and remote working are here to stay. Things still look bright for the chip companies that were the biggest winners in the stock market. And for online travel agents and ride-hailing platforms, the return of public life can’t come soon enough.