Second opinion: Ars readers’ picks for the Deathwatch errata

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Welcome to 2018! We’re less than a week into the New Year, and we’ve already got a number of new dumpster fires fully ablaze. Apple’s BatteryGate PR disaster is now burning as hot as a Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Microsoft’s Kinect died, and nobody knew it—no wonder I couldn’t find an adapter for my new Xbox One S. (“Hey Cortana, find me another way to let you surveil my household!”) And Hooters is now serving crypto currency with its burgers. What a time to be alive!

Last week, we published the Ars 2018 Deathwatch—the list of companies and other entities most at risk of a fiscal, technological, or cultural-relevancy death in the coming year. We asked readers to share their own picks in the comments, just in case we missed any candidates. And, not surprisingly, many of you have strong opinions about this sort of thing.

Some of your picks matched up with companies we had debated putting on the list ourselves. Some were… shall we say, wishful thinking. Some were well-reasoned rejoinders to revive companies we’ve dropped off the list. Others were… not. But who are we to judge? We keep putting HTC on our list even though it keeps coming back year after year somehow, so we’re willing to entertain a little debate.

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Intel CEO sold all the stock he could after Intel learned of security bug

Enlarge / Brian Krzanich, chief executive officer of Intel Corp., speaks during Automobility LA ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, US, on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. (credit: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Brian Krzanich, chief executive officer of Intel, sold millions of dollars’ worth of Intel stock—all he could part with under corporate bylaws—after Intel learned of Meltdown and Spectre, two related families of security flaws in Intel processors.

While an Intel spokesperson told CBS Marketwatch reporter Jeremy Owens that the trades were “unrelated” to the security revelations, and Intel financial filings showed that the stock sales were previously scheduled, Krzanich scheduled those sales on October 30. That’s a full five months after researchers informed Intel of the vulnerabilities. And Intel has offered no further explanation of why Krzanich abruptly sold off all the stock he was permitted to.

As a result of his stock sale, Krzanich received more than $39 million. Intel stock, as of today, is trading at roughly the same price as Krzanich sold stock at, so he did not yield any significant gain from selling before the vulnerability was announced. But the sale may still bring scrutiny from the Securities and Exchange Commission for a number of reasons.

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Spotify’s Chief Content Officer Stefan Blom is leaving ahead of its IPO

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Spotify’s Chief Content Officer Stefan Blom is leaving ahead of its IPO; the company hasn’t named a successor yet  —  Stefan Blom’s departure may raise questions.  —  Spotify’s top content executive is leaving, just ahead of the streaming music company’s planned public offering.

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