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Google Mistakes: Google Reader, Gmail For iPhone Make Company Migraine

First Posted: 11/10/2011 9:15 am EST   Updated: 01/23/2014 6:56 pm EST

Google has had such a bad November thus far, it is almost as though Netflix chief Reed Hastings won a CEO-For-A-Week sweepstakes. The web giant Google has reached Qwikster-esque heights of failure this past week, with a series of poorly-received redesigns, inoperable product launches and PR nightmares. When your most positive news of the month is that your search engine can do a barrel roll, you know you've had a rough go of it.

Let's take a look back at Google's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad November; the way things are going, the tech giant probably wishes this month would just Autocomplete itself already:

Google Reader's New Design
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On Nov. 1, Google released the redesign and new features for its popular Google Reader, and thus its horrible November began.

Aside from major aesthetic changes, the new look also jettisoned the old sharing features in favor of integration with Google+, which notably caused Iranian-based users to fret that they would be unable to share unfiltered news with each other. Meanwhile, in #firstworldproblems news, judgment was swift and negative: The update was met with derision and snark from commenters far outside the technorati; the redesign was so poorly received that about a dozen protesters sought to "Occupy Google Reader" outside the Google offices in Washington D.C. Perhaps most tellingly, the man who was the product design lead on the original Google Reader, Brian Shih, called the new look a "disaster" in a rant on his personal blog.
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