Government // Mobile & Wireless
News
12/16/2011
03:57 PM
InformationWeek
InformationWeek
Slideshows
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%
Repost This

12 Epic Tech Fails Of 2011

From Apotheker to Zuckerberg, tech chiefs had plenty of time on the hot seat this year. Take a look back at the notable product, strategy, and security fails of 2011.
Previous
10 of 13
Next


Just when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg started to look grown up, meeting President Barack Obama and even donning a suit for the occasion, his company made another privacy gaffe. In June, Facebook quietly rolled out a facial recognition feature change that made it easier for people to tag friends in photos, or tag large batches of photos at once. More than a year after a much-analyzed privacy revamp in May 2010, Facebook seemed not to have learned its privacy lesson.

In November, Facebook settled charges with the Federal Trade Commission that it had not done a sufficient job of protecting consumer privacy--a settlement that included fines and agreeing to 20 years of privacy audits.

Facebook promised users, as part of that settlement, that future privacy settings tweaks would have an opt-in approach. Status: Users will have to wait and see.

Want to poke your own fun at Zuck? "The Social Network" (two-disc collector's edition!) movie can be yours now for a mere $10.49 from Amazon.com. --Laurianne McLaughlin

Recommended Reading

10 Android App Flops

My Mistake: 10 CIOs Share Do-Over Worthy Moments

VMware Pricing Controversy: Exclusive User Research

Office 365 Vs. Google Apps: Top 10 Enterprise Concerns

10 Lessons Learned By Big Data Pioneers

Lenovo Takes On 7 Rivals: Tablet Faceoff

InformationWeek Analytics Presents: The Best of Interop 2011

IT Salaries: 9 Ways We've Changed (Or Not) From 2001's Heyday

Previous
10 of 13
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Iamalive
50%
50%
Iamalive,
User Rank: Apprentice
1/7/2012 | 5:48:59 PM
re: 12 Epic Tech Fails Of 2011
I think the editor should use proper English and reword the title as, "Epic Failures", as opposed to "Epic Fails".
Leo Regulus
50%
50%
Leo Regulus,
User Rank: Apprentice
12/21/2011 | 8:02:05 PM
re: 12 Epic Tech Fails Of 2011
Along with smoking, drinking, illegal substance abuse & shoveling snow, you should add Slide Shows to your list of 2012 resolutions as things to avoid. You'll really be happy that you did.
Bprince
50%
50%
Bprince,
User Rank: Apprentice
12/21/2011 | 1:52:06 PM
re: 12 Epic Tech Fails Of 2011
Got a chuckle from a few of these and nodded my head at others. I don't know if I would call the Facebook thing a complete fail, because the company is at least working towards better privacy, and I think it can be argued that it has gotten better over the years. But good list.
Brian Prince, InformationWeek/Dark Reading Comment Moderator
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Elite 100 - 2014
Our InformationWeek Elite 100 issue -- our 26th ranking of technology innovators -- shines a spotlight on businesses that are succeeding because of their digital strategies. We take a close at look at the top five companies in this year's ranking and the eight winners of our Business Innovation awards, and offer 20 great ideas that you can use in your company. We also provide a ranked list of our Elite 100 innovators.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Audio Interviews
Archived Audio Interviews
GE is a leader in combining connected devices and advanced analytics in pursuit of practical goals like less downtime, lower operating costs, and higher throughput. At GIO Power & Water, CIO Jim Fowler is part of the team exploring how to apply these techniques to some of the world's essential infrastructure, from power plants to water treatment systems. Join us, and bring your questions, as we talk about what's ahead.