It certainly looked like CNET Networks was headed for trouble last October when it issued a press release saying that stock options to employees were routinely misdated from 1996 “through at least 2003.”

Three top executives — the company’s CEO, general counsel and HR chief — were driven out as a result of those findings. And things didn’t seem to get any better in January when the company announced that it was restating more than $105 million in past expenses thanks to options problems.

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