A bunch of great people lost their jobs today. (see also) The timing may have been a surprise, but I don’t think the health of the company was particularly surprising.
Over the last few years, we’ve all seen Macworld’s website degrade further into reader-hostile designs and lower-rent ads, borrowing against their future goodwill and relevance just to keep the lights on, while hoping for better economic conditions that we all know will never return to that business. Like a beloved relative whose last years were difficult and undignified, I’m going to choose to remember only the good times.
And for our friends who lost their jobs, I wish them all the best of luck in turning this into an opportunity to do something new and great.