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The 11 biggest tech flops of the decade
We've seen some historic achievements in the past ten years but sometimes the most memorable tech stories are the flops so big and so bad, they're impossible to forget.

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Windows Vista: The original Windows failure. Microsoft is the only company with the honor of making the list twice.

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Windows 8: Global PC shipments fell by 13.9 percent in the first quarter of 2013, and according to analyst firm IDC , Windows 8 could very well be the reason after a slew of controversial decisions such as killing the Start button.
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Palm Foleo: What was the point of this Linux-powered pseudo-laptop? Nobody really knows.
Palm

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Qwikster: Netflix wanted to spinoff its DVD-by-mail business by arbitrarily renaming it. The idea was confusing and quickly abandoned.

Netflix

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Apple Maps: Apple's attempt to cut Google out of the coveted map space ended up making the generally unflappable company look quite foolish.

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Airtime: Despite the celebrity endorsements, Sean Parker's Chatroulette clone failed to launch.
Airtime

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Google Buzz: Google's first real attempt at a social networking service was a bust and highly criticized.
Google

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Groupon IPO: After being worth $13 billion soon after its much hyped IPO, Groupon is now worth only $4.17 billion.
Groupon

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BlackBerry PlayBook: BlackBerry's attempt at hopping on the iPad bandwagon was a miserable failure.
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New MySpace: Just as irrelevant as the old one.
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Facebook Email: Why would you ever use Facebook's email service? We have no idea.
Facebook

The 11 biggest tech flops of the decade

We've seen some historic achievements in the past ten years but sometimes the most memorable tech stories are the flops so big and so bad, they're impossible to forget.

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