It's nice to look back at 2011 and see all the great accomplishments in the world of technology. From honoring Steve Jobs following his death to delivering some of the finest products the industry has ever seen, the technology sector was filled with stories that should inspire companies to pursue innovations in the years ahead. But, there was another side to the tech industry this year. In far too many cases, some of the most prominent firms in the business engaged in activities that hurt consumers, wreaked havoc on the industry, and ultimately made them look bad. Even the most prominent companies, including Apple and Google, were unable to protect themselves from the slings and arrows of critics. Here's a look at the 10 worst technology mishaps in 2011.
When Google announced that it was acquiring Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, the company said that it was doing so for patent protection. It also reassured Android partners that it wouldn't affect Google's relationship with them. But as the deal nears approval, that's not necessarily clear. And $12.5 billion seems a high price to pay for patent protection. It's arguably one of the worst acquisitions Google has made in a long time.
This article was originally published on 12-27-2011