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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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In March, AT&T and T-Mobile announced a merger, valued at $39 billion, that would let AT&T overtake Verizon as the No. 1 U.S. mobile carrier, as measured by revenue and subscribers. AT&T said the merger would create jobs, as if it were a private sector stimulus plan. But the Department of Justice, the FCC, Sprint, and pretty much everyone with access to blogging software began to question the deal. The DOJ filed an antitrust suit, and AT&T withdrew its application from the FCC in order to fight the DOJ suit and took a $4 billion charge to mitigate what it will likely have to pay T-Mobile when the deal officially collapses. That's a hefty price to pay for failure. --Fritz Nelson

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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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