The Autolinks debacle actually made it into the J - with the hysteria meter now on red:
"...What if you had worked hard to design a Web page, carefully placing links just where you wanted them and carefully selecting the Web destinations to which those links led? And then, what if a company with great power on the Web started adding its own links to your page, drawing visitors away from your page to other sites of its own choosing?"
From debacle to fiasco - Google's first strategic error? A tactical mistake, let's say.