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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.
Apple's iPhone 5s' fingerprint sensor bypassed in days after launch
The flagship feature to Apple's premium model iPhone 5s, announced in September, was a fingerprint sensor dubbed Touch ID.
It was described as one of the most advanced biometric scanners developed by a company to date. It didn't last long though.
Within just a few days, a bounty was put on the technology's head to see if hackers could bypass the device's security. Lo and behold, the Cupertino, Calif.-based technology giant ended up with egg on its face after it was bypassed with a fake finger.
Apple stayed mum on the matter and didn't acknowledge the hack. It was nice while it lasted — all of about a week.