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iOS 7 design change freaked out some people; suffers with bugs, security lapses
By now, the end of the year, many have overcome the "shock" of the new user interface to Apple's latest mobile platform, iOS 7.
But it caused enough of a stir at first to deter millions from upgrading immediately.
Many didn't upgrade immediately because it broke existing enterprise services. Some were warned off because the upgrade would cause device slow-downs. And, other bugs made the software near impossible to use for some. There were dozens of new features added in the update that saw a high level of uptake, but hardly rocket to the extent Apple wanted.
Now more than three months later, three-quarters of all devices are running iOS 7, a slower pace than earlier releases.
Some of the major issues boiled down to security. There was a bug seemingly every minute, and a security flaw with almost every minor update.
In one case, it was possible to bypass the lock screen and forward personal photos and contacts to other people.
Facebook hit with privacy, "shadow profile" controversies
Facebook stirred more controversy this year as it attempted to balance privacy and free speech, but couldn't manage to do either.
The world's largest social network, with more than one billion users worldwide, collected information on people who weren't even signed up to the social network. This "bug" spanned a year beginning in 2012 and affected more than six million users. The data related to people who had expressly not given their permission for Facebook to collect their data, including email addresses and phone numbers. For those who protect their data, it was a privacy flop of epic proportions.
Also, the company found itself in hot water after it decided to first ban and then permit videos of people being decapitated. Either way, Facebook couldn't escape controversy. In any case, Facebook's decision was going to royally screw up at least someone's day.
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FBI inadvertently brings file-sharing battle to worldwide attention
If you're going to bring someone down, try to do it quietly. In the FBI's case, the federal agency failed miserably when it tried to extradite alleged pirate king Kim Dotcom to the U.S.
The trouble is the FBI picked the wrong guy to start a war with. Despite throwing the full weight of the New Zealand police to launch a look-a-like anti-terrorist operation against for charges of "racketeering, money laundering, and copyright theft," he ultimately evaded U.S. authorities.
Dotcom dusted himself off and relaunched his newly branded file service startup. As for the New Zealand authorities, they were slapped for "illegal spying" which forced the country's prime minister to publicly apologize.
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