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Oprah tweets love for the Surface… from the iPad
Oprah Winfrey loves the Surface. She even tweeted about it. (I say "she," as it was likely one of her staffers considering how busy she likely is). But whoever did post that tweet didn't think where the tweet was coming from. It turns out that it was being tweeted from no other than a rival Apple iPad.
Whether or not it was a paid endorsement from Microsoft, we may never know. What is clear is that it was beyond the comfortable realm of 'epic awkwardness.'
Google Nexus Q
The Nexus Q was Google's ball of media streaming goodness that not only flopped, but also cataclysmically failed on a level not seen by the search giant before. On sale for a month at $299, Google pulled the media streamer from sale "to make it even better," not before refunding those who initially bought the product.
Many hypothesized as to what happened with the ill-fated ball of media goodness, but many pegged it down to the price tag. The Apple TV, by comparison, is only $99. Google may have had the title of building the device in the U.S., but the costs were so high that those who could afford it bought it, but it cut out a huge segment of the market.
- Read more: What happened to Google's Nexus Q?
'Hand over your Facebook password, or don't get hired'
Long now are the days where you had to hand over your Facebook password to your prospective employer to make sure you're not a terrorist, an Obama-hater, and so on. CNET reported that some were being forced to fork over the password to their online private life.
This was one of the most high-profile privacy flops during the whole year. However, thankfully, it was rectified after legislators quickly picked up on this, and only a few months later it was made illegal for employers to demand usernames and password for social media accounts.