Let's start off with a lighthearted turkey, shall we? (Trust me, they get grimmer as we go on.) The peach emoji was a mainstay for sexting thanks to its, uh, suggestive look. But an update to the iOS 10 software changed the peach emoji, making it look less like a butt and more like, well, a peach.
It appears Google got the memo about how hot messaging services were but went a little overboard with them. It introduced Allo in May, the fourth messenger service to come from the search giant. There's also Google Messenger, Hangouts and videoconferencing app Duo. Hit me up on Hangouts? Sorry, I'm on Allo.
Virtual reality is the future, right? Not if you want to catch a Golden State Warriors game. Blurry video dampens the experience. And there aren't any commentators or graphics, which has become such a critical part of watching sports today.
Here's an example of how Twitter can turn on you at the worst possible moment.
Just minutes before the NFL draft began, a video popped up on the Twitter account of draft prospect Laremy Tunsil, showing him smoking weed with a "grass mask," a gas mask attached to a bong. He said the account was hacked, but it didn't matter, as the tweet went viral immediately.
Though the offensive lineman's stock dropped, the Miami Dolphins did make him the 13th overall pick. But some reports say he may have lost upward of $10 million in potential salary.
For all the hoopla around the world's most valuable startup, the ride-hailing service is reportedly losing money. Uber has raked in $12.9 billion in investment funding, valuing it at $68 billion, but the company could be losing $6.5 million per day. That would mean Uber lost at least $1.27 billion in the first half of 2016.
Uber is credited with shutting down taxi companies, like San Francisco Yellow Cab, and outcompeting rival Lyft in funding, but it appears the company hasn't yet figured out how to turn a profit.
If you're going to ask the billionaire CEO of a social media network for a loan, at least ask him on the right network. Kanye West made his request to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for $1 billion on Twitter.
He later realized his mistake. "Now I understand why he didn't hit me back...he doesn't use Twitter," he said on the Ellen Degeneres show. Yeah, that's why Zuck never responded...
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Hulk Hogan body slams Gawker into oblivion
Whether you love or hate Gawker, its demise sets a dangerous precedent. Venture capitalist Peter Thiel showed that with enough money you can take down a media organization that you disagree with.
Terry "Hulk Hogan" Bollea's privacy lawsuit paved the way for Thiel to step in with his legal resources. The Gawker company ended up at Univision, though Gawker itself was dismantled.
Snapchat apparently needs some sensitivity training. In April, the social network released a Bob Marley filter on the marijuana-focused day of 4/20. Critics complained that the darkened skin, dreadlocks and knitted cap amounted to blackface.
Tesla's Autopilot mode, which lets the car automatically speed up and down in traffic, is a great perk. But heed the warning that you should keep yours hands on the steering wheel and attention on the road.
But under Verizon's revamped wireless plans, overages still exist if you subscribe to a less expensive tier. To get rid of the overage fees, you have to subscribe to another program called Safety Mode, which costs lower-end customers $5 a month. Needless to say, T-Mobile CEO John Legere had a field day with this.
The legal battle between Apple and the FBI was poised to be epic. The confrontation over Apple's refusal to help authorities unlock the phone had the tech industry lined up behind it, while law enforcement backed the FBI. A trial would provide a precedent and set some guidelines for how everyone should act.
Apple doesn't get off easy on this Turkey list. It's one thing for Apple to eliminate the headphone jack to jam more components into the iPhone behind the Lightning port. It's another thing entirely for Apple executive Phil Schiller to sum up the controversial move with the word "courage."
That's a little tone-deaf when you stack making tweaks to a computer against serving in the military or donating an organ.
Then came the MacBook Pro and its move to just USB Type-C ports. All of a sudden, you couldn't connect your iPhone to your Mac. Sure, Apple offered discounts on dongles, but the fact you've got to carry multiple converters will leave users feeling sore for a while.
It also goes against Apple's long-stated desire to keep things simple and clean.
Facebook gets dragged into the Turkeys once more thanks to the 24-year-old founder of its Oculus virtual reality unit, Palmer Luckey.
It only ranks so high because of how bizarre it is. In September, Palmer Luckey told The Daily Beast that he was funneling money into a pro-Trump organization called Nimble America. Then he backpedaled on his association with the group, only admitting to sending $10,000. (He also said he planned on voting for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.)
It's no surprise Luckey was a no-show at the Oculus developer conference in October.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey sent out a memo to his staff with a rousing note about how the social network can be the source for where people get news.
The truth is Twitter was shopping itself around and no one committed. Suitors included Apple, Disney, Salesforce and Google parent Alphabet.
It says something that no company opted to go forward with a deal. While its latest results showed surprisingly strong profit, the company cut 9 percent of its workforce and is still struggling with how to get people to try out its service.
Worse yet, the report showed Facebook was biased in the stories it did present. Facebook said the report was based on old information, and that an investigation into its Trending Topics feature found no evidence of a slant.
There's no denying the cultural and technological impact of Pokemon Go.
The game brought people together like no other mobile game, and it got them going outside. It also showed us the promise of augmented reality, a trend Microsoft has been harping about for a while.
But the early game was plagued with server issues, bumping people off and keeping them from accessing the account. As Niantic smoothed over those early headaches, the game settled into doldrums with folks encountering many of the same Pokemon over and over.
If you were a Yahoo Mail hold out, chances are, you are considering your options now. It's gotten so bad that Verizon called the breach a "material impact" on the deal, and may seek to renegotiate the terms of the deal or call it off entirely.
Beyond simple hacks, 2016 saw the rise in ransomware, where a hacker will lock up your files and demand money in exchange for returning access. Unlike other ransom cases, authorities actually recommend you just pay up.
The hack of the Democratic National Committee, which led to the resignation of multiple officials, including Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and CEO Amy Dacey, brought to light the idea that a foreign government is using cyberterrorism to influence the election.
Dozens of US authorities agree Russia was trying to tamper with the election.
You know you've hit rock bottom on the elections when disgraced former US Rep. Anthony Weiner's lewd text messages (to an allegedly underage girl) became a relevant topic at the tail end of the season.
The FBI found some of Hillary Clinton's emails from her private server during its investigation into Weiner, a fact that FBI Director James Comey disclosed with just 11 days before the vote. Then two days before the election, Comey basically said never mind.
Throughout his campaign, Trump demonstrated a startling lack of knowledge about the tech industry, including his vow to force Apple to "build their damn computers and things in this country," which would double the price of its products, according to one conservative estimate.