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2. Microsoft turns back on bid to restrict playing pre-owned games
As described by The Guardian, it was one of those rare moments when "the internet won."
Following a decision to force users to require an Internet connection to play offline games, or simply connect every 24 hours just to "check in" with the software giant, Microsoft pulled the policy after heavy criticism from the online gaming community. Instead, the long-awaited console will only need to connect when setting up the console.
Much anger surrounded Microsoft's decision to restrict used games. The policy change will allow game discs to be exchanged just as they were with the Xbox 360, with no additional restrictions for lending games or trade-ins. The company earlier in the month took another public relations dive by reversing its previously held policy on forcing users to keep the Kinect sensor plugged into their Xbox One consoles.
After a recent spate of leaks detailing the U.S. government's surveillance efforts, many were concerned the motion-sensing device could be used to spy on home living rooms.
The two reversals came at a time when the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant was stepping up its competition with Sony in the games consoles war.
3. Yahoo CEO breaks silence over telecommuting ban
Millions of Americans enjoy the benefits of working from home. Many actively enjoy it. But Yahoo's relatively new chief executive Marissa Mayer didn't like the idea — not one bit. Just months after starting at the company, the former Google executive banned telecommuting at Yahoo, forcing all employees to muck-in at their respective local offices.
The decision alone was controversial, but it was only compounded by a lack of explanation behind the move. Eventually, she lifted the veil of silence by stating at a conference in Los Angeles, "I need to talk about the elephant in the room." But, Mayer refused to back down from the new rule.
In short, it was a U-turn in some sense, even if it wasn't a complete reversal on the policy itself.
4. Netflix backs off Qwikster split
Netflix remains one of the most popular Internet streaming services to date. But one decision led the company's boss Reed Hastings to retreat from a service spin-off that had customers screaming at their television sets.
The plan was simple: split the company in half to create Qwikster, a DVD-by-mail service, so that it can focus on its bread-and-butter, Netflix, as its main online video service. That angered customers and investors, which saw the firm's share price plummet even further, not long after its stock suffered following a price increase.
But three painful weeks later, Hastings backtracked on the plan. A year later, things are back to normal for the company. More so, in fact: the streaming service is booming in the U.S. market as well as internationally, adding more than 1 million customers each quarter.