I dislike these type of rumors. It flies in the face of journalistic standards, where multiple sources are verified before publishing.
This type of rumor is hurtful and honestly who would like this type of comment directed towards them or their business?
There is not a single brand made that I haven't heard a negative rumor, sometimes the guy behind the camera counter, sometimes on the web, but most of those rumors were wrong.
I've heard Canon medium format rumors for 8 years.
I think we all tend to forget that behind a brand name are the people that work. It's not the brand, or the venture capitalists that concern me, but it is the human capital that gets damaged when these rumors grow.
Everybody is entitled to an opinion,but it's just that . . . an opinion.
I have my own opinion about equipment and if I honestly reflect back, more than 1/2 of my views change with time.
This section of the forum has developed a strange tone. About 1/3 of the participants complain mightily about the cost of specialty cameras, though most of the same people haven't purchased, or used one in 5 or more years, some never.
I don't get it, because buying any camera is an elective. No client, no person I know forces anyone into purchasing one brand, or format.
The advanced amateur or professional uses what they think is best and I've never heard of anyone buying a camera with the thought it would be worse that what they currently use, or a wasteful purchase.