Fighting the Dark Side: Tech's Heroes and Villains

The hero and the villain. It's the age-old formula that pervades today's reality TV showdowns, the shenanigans of professional wrestling and cinematic classics like Star Wars. Tech is no different, with its passionate heroes who balance profit with innovation and social responsibility, and the money-mad, egomaniac villains who simply cannot be trusted. Here's a look at tech's good guys and bad guys.

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HEROES: Larry Page and Sergey Brin

Does Google always practice its "Don't Be Evil" motto? That's up for debate. But they certainly innovate. Outside of search dominance, Google Apps have challenged Microsoft; open-source Android is now a mobile player; and Chrome, a Web friendly, Linux-based client OS for netbooks, is due this year. But Google really made this list because it stopped censoring its Chinese search engine, thus defying the Chinese government and risking massive profits. Definitely not evil.

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