In Pictures: The 10 worst tech screwups of 2012 (so far)

Among a bounty of flops, flubs, and faceplants, Cringely picks tech's 10 biggest blunders we've seen in the first half of the year

6. SOPA, PIPA, and CISPA -- oh my

The three-headed beast of ill-considered Congressional legislation went on a rampage through the Internet village this spring. While the Net's inhabitants succcessfully cut off two heads via a well-supported Internet "blackout," CISPA remains -- in large part due to quiet support by heavyweights like Facebook, IBM, and Microsoft. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act was passed by a House majority in April and awaits judgement in the Senate, where it's competing with two similar bills. In response, a group of opponents has banded together and formed the Internet Defense League. If we can just can convince Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk to sign on, we might win this thing yet.

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