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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