In Pictures: When tech empires fall - 10 companies and products that dominated... and then didn't

These tech giants had a valuable market locked down. Then they screwed up.

Sun Microsystems At the turn of the century, Sun Microsystems and its stock price were flying high. All the disparate products that Sun had put together over the years made it a dot-com darling: everybody wanted to power their new Websites with Java applications, SPARC servers, and Solaris. What nobody realized was that everyone was buying this stuff with fake bubble money, and when the bubble burst, they soon discovered they could run x86 Linux servers at a fraction of the cost, and Java, in which Sun had invested so many resources, was free to download. Oracle snapped up the diminished company at a fire sale price in 2009.

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