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.

By Jared Newman, PCWorld |  IT Management, BlackBerry, Facebook

Instagram uproar

When Facebook acquired Instagram earlier this year, it was almost a given that Team Zuck would do something to enrage the once-independent photo service’s loyal followers. And, sure enough, in December Instagram updated its privacy policy, giving itself the right to use people's photos and other personal information in advertisements, without any compensation to users. Of course, a community backlash followed, and no matter how hard Instagram tried to explain itself , the damage was done: The service had lost its innocence.

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