In Pictures: When Tech Titans Fall from Grace

Here's our list of 14 once-elite tech companies that fell off their pedestals due to unforeseen circumstances, arrogance, ineptitude, or all of the above.

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Sun Microsystems Sun is a once-legendary company with roots that go back to the early '80s. It invented Java after all! But after being a driving force in business computing up until the dot-com bubble in 2000, Sun stumbled badly after the burst and could never find its footing. Companies stopped buying Sun's high-end servers and between 2001 and its acquisition by Oracle in 2009, Sun was constantly besieged by revenue losses, layoffs and stock losses.

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