Biggest tech “FAILS” of 2010

As we wrap up 2010, it’s a good time to look back. This was a good year for consumer technology, introducing everything from advanced Smartphone to cheap e-readers to bold new set-top boxes. And let’s not forget the rise of the tablet with the introduction of the Apple iPad. But you can’t really appreciate the highs without remembering the lows, right? And this year was filled with botched experiments and bad ideas. Here are the 5 big failures in 2010.

As we wrap up 2010, it’s a good time to look back. This was a good year for consumer technology, introducing everything from advanced Smartphone to cheap e-readers to bold new set-top boxes. And let’s not forget the rise of the tablet with the introduction of the Apple iPad. But you can’t really appreciate the highs without remembering the lows, right? And this year was filled with botched experiments and bad ideas. Here are the 5 big failures in 2010.

Google Buzz & Wave – Google’s foray into the social networking/micro blogging sphere backfired when people found themselves reconnected with ex-lovers and old coworkers due to an “automatic follow” algorithm. Gmail users weren’t too keen on having their most-contacted lists aired to the public, and the Buzz fiasco ultimately ended in a class-action settlement. Google Wave was introduced as an alternative to e-mail, instant messaging and file-sharing site and combines the best of each in one place. Google steadily and slowly added more features in wave, but it failed to meet user’s expectation.

Facebook Privacy – Nothing on the internet elicits as much squawking as a change to Facebook. Facebook continues to grow, but privacy snafus dinged the site’s reputation among tech-savvy users this year, culminating in an overhaul of user privacy controls. But this spring, some of the roughly half-billion users on the site got really miffed when a handful of privacy bugs, among other things, made private chat conversations briefly visible to Facebook friends.

Facebook Privacy – Nothing on the internet elicits as much squawking as a change to Facebook. Facebook continues to grow, but privacy snafus dinged the site’s reputation among tech-savvy users this year, culminating in an overhaul of user privacy controls. But this spring, some of the roughly half-billion users on the site got really miffed when a handful of privacy bugs, among other things, made private chat conversations briefly visible to Facebook friends.

Google Nexus One – Tech watchers had high hopes for Google’s own Android Smartphone, whose contract-free online-sales model was supposed to stick it to wireless carriers. Rated as one of the best phones on the market, second only to iPhone according to some, the Google Phone, the own-brand Nexus One has been officially discontinued in the US. Just one snag: Google relies on those wireless providers to make Android a success in the first place. When Sprint and Verizon lost interest in carrying the Nexus One, so did Google, and the revolution died.

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