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BlackBerry unravels, chief executive 'resigns'
BlackBerry was already on a downward spiral, but really began to crumble when it reported a near-$1 billion loss as a result of going all-in on its next-generation smartphone, the BlackBerry Z10.
The company cut 4,500 staff amid serious concerns about the company's balance sheet. BlackBerry was already by this point looking for a bank or investment firm to bail out the company, which ultimately failed.
BlackBerry subsequently waved goodbye to its chief executive Thorsten Heins, who failed to turn the company around following the rise of competing smartphones.
Former Sybase boss John Chen took the lead and promised to turn the company around. But the proof will be in the pudding. Chen said he will "rebuild" the company and keep the smartphone-making unit, but many enterprise customers are looking
Obamacare passes, but Healthcare.gov falls flat on its face
Yes, this may be buried way down the list but it was arguably the biggest public-raging stuff-up of the year. It even had the President knocking it from above.
The Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," was just one part of the plan to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system. The problems landed with the website, which on launch day failed to work.
It was an absolute mess: data wasn't going to the right places, users couldn't sign up for anything, and the website would crash every few seconds making it impossible to do anything.
The White House brought in the big guns in form of Silicon Valley to help fix the failed website. Eventually the hosting was scrapped and replaced by HP, which actually knows what it's doing when it comes to these things.
It took two whole months to realize the scope of the issues, and extended the deadline for sign-ups into 2014 to appease disgruntled Americans.
Google squares up with Europe over antitrust charges
Google dropped the ball this year when it was forced to renegotiate (at least on two occasions) its antitrust settlement with the European Union, after the executive body threw allegations of anticompetitive behavior at the search giant.
The company said it "did a pretty good job" on offering concessions to the 28 member state bloc, which was quickly thrown back by Europe's antitrust chief who remained less than pleased with the offering. It was a particularly embarrassing public relations stunt for Google. And the case is far from over yet.
In efforts to avoid being forced to change its business practices, the world's most used search engine may end up having to offer links to competing services to its own products.