The year in tech: biggest fails, flops, and faux pas

2012 brought its fair share of mistakes, flops, and failures. Here are 20 of the biggest tech mishaps from the past year.

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Google TV's hapless quest for dominance

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Google TV is starting to show some signs of improvement. The smart TV platform now includes sorely needed features like the ability to purchase movies and shows directly through Google Play, an overhauled programming guide, and simpler beaming of YouTube videos from mobile devices to the big screen. But thanks to Eric Schmidt’s proclamation that Google TV would be on the majority of new TVs by mid-2012 —something that clearly didn’t happen—it still gets a big “fail” this year. Maybe it’s time to lower those expectations, Eric.

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