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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.
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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

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Iamalive
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Iamalive,
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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
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Leo Regulus,
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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.
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Bprince,
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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
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