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It's time to pay thanks for the bounty of turkeys bequeathed to us by the world of tech. And oh, were they plentiful this year.
Many of 2016's embarrassments came courtesy of tech's biggest companies, proving that nobody is too big to screw up. It's like a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, but instead of colorful balloon versions of famous characters like Pikachu or SpongeBob Squarepants, you get a procession of misfires from household tech names like Samsung and Yahoo.
Then there was the rare merger of tech and politics, as this year's race for the White House thrived on social media -- often for the worse. Twitter, Facebook and other social networks helped fuel one of the most vitriolic and improbable elections in history, with everything from 3 a.m. tweets about former beauty queens and sex tapes to Anthony Weiner's sexting scandal.
Security also helped serve up many turkeys, from the hack of the Democratic National Committee to Yahoo losing info associated with at least half a billion (yes, billion) personal accounts. The safety of our personal data -- last year's top turkey -- once again reared its head. Between a massive online attack using our connected devices and the hack of an adult site, it was impossible to ignore.
The grand turkey of the year goes to Samsung. The company basked in the success of its phone and showed off a new smartwatch, the . But then it roasted its customers, literally, when the much-anticipated caught fire. Again. And again.
Of course, no year-end list is complete without mention of the inescapable phenomenon of Pokemon Go, which has been downloaded more than 500 million times since its July debut. Even with its success, though, the game wasn't without its problems, from updates that ticked off players to fanatic gamers hunting for monsters at places like the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.
So without further ado, here's a superduper-size edition of the worst in tech in 2016, starting with the least embarrassing and escalating from there. Gobble, gobble!