The Golden Gobblers: Biggest tech turkeys of 2010

What do Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Google's Eric Schmidt, and the National Pork Board have in common? They're all winners of Cringely's awards for achievements in turkeydom

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Judith Griggs. In the space of just a few hours, the erstwhile editress of Cooks Source magazine managed to piss off Netizens with her clueless arrogance and claims that the entire Web is in the public domain. Hope she's got her turkey ready for the oven, because her goose is already cooked.

Nick Denton. The publisher of Gawker Media (and thus Gizmodo and Valleywag) earns his Gobbler for giving checkbook journalism an even worse reputation than it already has. Paying that loser $5,000 for a lost iPhone prototype was bad enough, but buying the story of some dork's lousy one-night stand with Christine O'Donnell -- complete with far more information about the bewitched senatorial candidate's personal grooming habits than we really wanted to know -- was a new low. Classy operation you got there, Nick.

The "killers." No, not that awful movie with Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl (though if you want to talk turkeys, that one's a 25-pound Butterball). No, I'm talking about any blogger who ever used the term "iPad-, iPhone-, or Google-killer" in a non-ironic context. With this many murderers on the loose, you'd think the Net was a serial killers convention.

The National Pork Board. They sent a cease-and-desist letter to Thinkgeek for using the slogan "the new white meat," which apparently was too close for comfort to the porkers' "the other white meat" catch phrase. The problem here: the "new white meat" refers to canned unicorn -- an April Fool's Day prank from the geek novelty site. The funny thing about unicorn meat? It tastes just like turkey.

Anybody still at MySpace. For adopting that lame new logo )My_____, really?), and for deciding to roll over and be Facebook's b****. These guys make even AOL look competent.

Anybody still at Yahoo. Just because.

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