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The coronavirus justifiably continues to dominate the news, and tech news in particular. I’ve got a big section below on that, but today I want to put out a small (and hopefully premature) eulogy for a company whose products I have never personally used but still very much believe in: Boosted, the electric skateboard maker.

Sean O’Kane has been keeping a close eye on a company that has been near the brink for longer than most people have realized, and it finally went over earlier this week with massive layoffs. As with any corporate disaster, there will be postmortems that point to any number of failures or problems. When lots of things go wrong, any one thing can be blamed as “the cause.” But it’s hard to avoid the impression that a…

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