Google: 12 massive moments

We look back at some of Google's highs and lows over the 12 years since its inception.

Google's StreetView project had already come under fire by the time the Wi-Fi data scandal hit in May 2010.

Street View vehicles mistakenly took data over unencrypted Wi-Fi networks whilst recording images for the mapping service and subsequently came under investigation in a number of companies where the cars had been.

In the UK, it looks as though the search giant will not be punished for the error, but elsewhere Google may still find itself in trouble.

12. Google Waves goodbye

Having been previewed at the Google I/O developer conference in May 2009, Google Wave a new communication and collaboration tool was launched later in the year.

Unfortunately, the project didn't go as planned and in August this year, the plug was officially pulled. The main issue was uptake simply wasn't big enough, but IT PRO took a look at some of the other reasons why.

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