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IT Hall Of Shame, Part 2

Welcome back to our rogue's gallery of computer industry flops, frauds and foibles. In this installment, we're pleased to present ten more exhibits, from Y2K to the Pentium Bug, that prove the best laid plans of mice and men don't just go awry -- they lead straight to the IT Hall of Shame.
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IBM may be getting the last laugh on this one. Big Blue sued longtime employee Mark Papermaster last year after he bolted to head up the iPhone engineering team at Apple. But after just 15 months on the job, Papermaster left Cupertino in early August amid the Antennagate fiasco. Apple may be forced to spend $175 million to provide free cases to iPhone 4 buyers. The cases, supposedly, insulate iPhone 4's finicky antenna from the so-called "grip of death" bug.

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