What were they thinking?
In the high-tech industry, there are probably more flops than success stories. When chief executives are compelled to issue public apologies, the flop or blunder is considered epic. These 10 tales of ideas gone bad for 2012 were monumental.
From Apple trying to supplant Google Maps with its own mapping system to the Facebook IPO to Instagram’s botched policy on photographs, it is proof that mistakes happen. However, the worse faux paux, or paw, if we may, had to be Samsung’s infamous killing puppies on its very short-lived ad posted on You Tube. Who left that dog out?
This report by the L.A. Times will make you howl, growl, or perhaps, a little of both.
If you blinked, you missed it, but for a few hours in November, Samsung was running a commercial that showed people beating on computers cutely animated with puppy dog eyes, ears, and tails. The commercial for SSD 840--a flash drive--was quickly taken down. But those of us who saw it, wish we hadn't.