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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 the wake of protests in January 2011, Egypt's government, led by President Hosni Mubarak, decided to just say no to Twitter and Facebook for its citizens--then turned off Internet access entirely for almost a week with the help of the country's four ISPs.

As InformationWeek's Mathew Schwartz reported, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a think-tank based in Paris, estimates that the blackout cost Egypt's economy about $90 million, or $18 million per day, comprising 3% to 4% of the country's economic output. Mubarak was forced out in February after several weeks of violent protests and is awaiting trial on a variety of charges.

The "Arab Spring" of protests was one reason that Time just declared The Protester its person of the year, 2011. --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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