CNET's Tech Turkeys of 2012

An entire year can't go by without news items that deserve special attention or ridicule or just a pinch of scorn with your holiday meal.

It was a year of fakers: fake degrees, fake demonstrations, even fake interviews. It seems the tech industry this past year has been awash in people who couldn't tell the truth -- or maybe wished the truth were something different.

We had executives racing for the exits of what was a year ago one of the hottest companies on the Internet. We had a head scratcher of a mistake from Apple that even the company's CEO seemed to think was a conundrum. And we have a system that's supposed to protect entrepreneurs that -- and not to put too fine a point on this -- has made the lives of many entrepreneurs a holy living hell and sent the industry's giants into a spiral of gazillion-dollar lawsuits.

We also had an executive who bowed out right after his professional crowning achievement, a startup with lots of sizzle and not many customers , and one giant initial public offering that could never have lived up to the hype.

We present to you CNET's Tech Turkeys of 2012, a memorable list of gobblers, gaffes, and fibs. Enjoy your food.

About the author

Jim Kerstetter has been writing about the high-tech industry since the 1990s. He has been a senior editor at PC Week and a Silicon Valley correspondent at BusinessWeek. He is now senior executive editor at CNET News. He moved back to Boston because he missed the Red Sox. E-mail Jim.


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