Google's 10 best (and worst) innovations of the year

Google rolled out a number of cool products this year, but not all of them can be home runs. Here's a look at the best and worst of Google this year.

By Kristin Burnham , CIO |  Internet, gmail, Google

Not: Google Buzz

Back in February, Google announced Buzz, messaging tool that integrated into Gmail where users could share links, photos, videos, status messages and comments that were organized into "conversations" and appeared in the user's inbox.

Not long after the rollout, however, Google found itself under fire for its privacy oversight: By default, Google Buzz publicly disclosed a list of contacts that the user has most frequently e-mailed or chatted with, thus revealing sensitive information about themselves and the contacts.

[ See also: Ten of the World's Strangest Social Networks ]

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