While it hasn’t been officially announced, in the last few days I’ve heard from two Business 2.0 reporters that their last issue will be the October 2007 issue. Most columnists have written their last column, and the November 2007 issue hasn’t been assigned. If it’s not assigned in the next few days, it’s almost certain we’ve seen the end of Business 2.0. This should come as no surprise. Rumors have been circulating for months that the publication’s going to shut down. In a blog post, former Business 2.0 reporter, Owen Thomas suggested the staff and content will merge with fellow Time Inc. owned Fortune, and the very creative blogger of Magazine Death Pool hinted that an announcement will be made this week about the fate of the publication.
With the closer imminent, I can't help but feel a little sad. I'll admit, when smaller publications shut down I'm not very surprised, but Business 2.0 has been an industry heavy weight for years. I found the coverage both entertaining and educational, and it was one of the few publications I actually subscribed to at home. Let's all bow our heads for yet another death.
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