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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.