NEW YORK, ( TheStreet) -- Netflix ( NFLX) chief Reed Hastings has offered a mea culpa for gouging subscribers in an effort to drive a new video streaming strategy. And while fessing up to blunders is a rare but somewhat welcome move, it seems like a good time to look at other goofs in tech that might be worthy of an apology.
Netflix' eagerness to not get bogged down in its costly, aging mail-order DVD business while pursuing the cloud-based venture of video streaming is understandable. But the transition has been as jarring to consumers as it has been to investors. While Hastings has offered up an apology of sorts and a puzzling company split to prove his point, other companies like Apple ( AAPL), Yahoo! ( YHOO), and Research In Motion ( RIMM) have taken a far less conciliatory path in handling mess-ups. Here are some outstanding goofs by tech companies that probably deserve an wholehearted apology, but don't hold your breath waiting.