Am gasit in Bussiness Insider un articol interesat despre topul 15 in esecurile anului in Tech .

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15. The Nexus One

Google made a bid to shake up the mobile phone industry by selling its Nexus One phone directly to consumers. While the phone was nice, the sales were not. Google killed the project after a few months.

14. Palm

Palm was supposed to take on the iPhone with its Pre phone. Instead, it fell flat on its face. It put itself up for sale this year, and HP bought it for $1.2 billion.

13. Hot Potato

When Hot Potato launched there was a lot of buzz around the company. Our own Dan Frommer even thought it could be the next Twitter. WRONG. It never gained much of a following and eventually sold to Facebook, an outcome Fred Wilson described as a "high flying" entrepreneur "crashing to the ground."

12. AOL's Seed platform

AOL's attempt at McContent has not gone well. We don't hear a thing about it anymore. It had a big moment during South By Southwest when it planned on trying to interview all the musicians performing. CEO Tim Armstrong was "horrified" when he saw the end product. He called out the Seed team, and AOL in general, for doing crappy work

11. BlackBerry Torch

Research In Motion needed to get back some ground from Apple's iPhone and Google's Android, which have stolen a lot of its thunder. The Torch arrived. It was just another sorta crappy BlackBerry.

10. Google Wave

Google Wave crashed in August. As soon as it was done, the lead engineer split for Facebook.

9. Twitter's Early Bird

Overall, it was a great year for Twitter. But it did have one big faceplant -- Early Bird, it's attempt at daily deals. Twitter gave Early Bird a go for a few months but decided it wasn't working so it pulled the plug.

8. Google TV

The early reviews of Google TV aren't good. It appears to be complicated and unnecessary. Maybe next year Google gets it right?

7. Gowalla

There was a time when Gowalla was neck and neck with Foursquare. That time is long gone. We hardly hear about it at all anymore.

6. Ping

It's not just Google that can't master social. Apple also struggles. Ping was launched to much fanfare, but it has utterly failed to gain traction.

5. The Crunchpad/JooJoo

TechCrunch's Michael Arrington had a good idea -- make a dead simple web surfing tablet for under $250. Execution wasn't as good (or simple) as the idea. The Crunchpad struggled to make it to market. When it was finally ready this year, Arrington and his partner Fusion Garage blew up at each other, and it went to court.
The CrunchPad became the JooJoo, selling for $600 AFTER Apple announced the iPad. Needless to say, the JooJoo was not a hot seller, and Fusion Garage is trying to figure out plan b.

4. It's "Y!ou"

Yahoo burned $100 million on an ad campaign to get people visiting (and staying with) Yahoo. It hasn't worked. Yahoo technically started the campaign at the end of 2009, but it was in 2010 that we saw how little impact it really had. And arguably, the "It's Y!ou" is a metaphor for all the struggles Yahoo has had in 2010. After all, private equity is circling the company thinking about taking it private.

3. Google Buzz

Google took another stab at making a social network. And yet again it flamed out with little impact. Google Buzz did nothing to make the company more "social."

2. The HP Slate 500

Oof. Just days before Steve Jobs introduced the iPad, Steve Ballmer stood on stage at CES proudly showing off a few tablets. We have yet to see a single one in the wild. The HP Slate, which was played up more than any of the others was recently released as an enterprise-only tablet, an admission that it would never challenge the iPad.

1. Microsoft's Kin Phones

This is a historic flop. Microsoft spent $500 million to acquire Danger, the mobile company behind the Sidekick. Most of the team defected, but those that stuck around were helping with the Kin phones, which launched on April 12. Just 79 days later Microsoft pulled the plug on the phones. On the plus side, at least Microsoft didn't continue flushing money down the toilet on the Kin. It knew when to say when.