Ars Technica’s 2021 Deathwatch—2020 was just the start

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Right here at Ars Technica, we want to formally congratulate you for surviving the yr that was 2020. COVID-19 might have modified all the things about regular life within the final 12 months, however issues are wanting up for 2021. A vaccine is at the moment rolling out, a extra science-friendly US administration will take workplace in January, and possibly we will even look ahead to a return to regular public gatherings someday this yr. We will be high quality. [Editor’s note: We’re trying to be optimistic here.]
Sadly, you in all probability cannot say the identical for among the corporations we write about as we head into 2021. The pandemic yr has taken a toll on the tech business, too, delaying some issues we thought had been occurring in 2020 (like a conclusion to Oracle v. Google) and accelerating different modifications all of us noticed coming (like report streaming numbers). So to stroll you thru the businesses staring down a tough new yr, welcome again to the annual Ars Technica Deathwatch, 2021 version.
If you have not beforehand visited the Deathwatch throughout Ars Editor Emeritus Sean Gallagher’s tenure, please know: As standard, we’re being a bit dramatic with the title “Deathwatch.” This record is just not predicting that the next corporations will drop lifeless exactly inside the subsequent calendar yr. Chapter legal guidelines, acquisitions, and different accounting shenanigans make actual company dying dates both very unpredictable or agonizingly gradual, however we will at the least make some educated guesses concerning the corporations, merchandise, and companies which can be dealing with down a horrible 2021.Learn 67 remaining paragraphs | Feedback

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