In any year, there are winners and losers, those that successfully rode--or shaped--the tide, and those smashed by the waves of change. As virtual battles raged on Xboxes, Kinects, and other platforms, software developers waged war over market share and steadily loosening budget dollars. Eagerly awaited new products and beta versions made their debuts, jockeying for position and sales. The past year was, of course, no exception. In the rapid-paced world of social media, granddaddy MySpace all-bu
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Facebook came into its own, exploding to 500 million users -- and growing. Time named founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg its Person of the Year, "The Social Network" movie sealed his myth in celluloid, and the social media mover-and-shaker was immortalized on the Simpsons. The kudos continued when, in December, employees named Facebook the best place to work, according to Glassdoor.com, and gave Zuckerberg a 96 rating out of a possible 100. However, Facebook had its share of detractors, coming under fire for its frequent changes, many of which were criticized for putting users' privacy at risk.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.