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.
The mobile space is overflowing with patent lawsuits right now. Apple is suing just about every Android handset maker under the sun, including HTC and Motorola Mobility, while Google is being hit hard by Oracle. Even Microsoft is in the mix. Enough already. These lawsuits are stifling innovation and could eventually hurt competition in the marketplace.
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