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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.
HTC may be "quietly brilliant," but also "loudly sinking"
Despite its good quality and high-end Android phones, Taiwanese phone giant HTC began to sink rapidly over the course of the year.
It turns out it was the chief executive, Peter Chou, who after a series of mistakes and ill-thought out plans led the company down a path of likely no return.
Chou eventually was all-but-forced to hand over some of his responsibilities to the company's founder and chairwoman following a number of high-level executives dashed for the door. Further cutbacks also saw a number of U.S. staff lose their jobs. And even with a reported Amazon smartphone deal, there's no certainty if the company can keep its head above the water.