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Kevin Kelleher

Kevin Kelleher is a writer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has worked at Bloomberg, Wired News and The Industry Standard magazine and has written for Wired magazine, Reuters, Fortune, GigaOm, Popular Science, Salon, Portfolio as well as many others.

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    Is Twitter better? Or just not as bad as Wall St. feared?

    Twitter’s stock surged as much as 36 percent to $52.35 a share Tuesday after reporting sales that grew 124 percent, an unexpected net profit and – perhaps most importantly – a 25-percent increase in monthly active users. It is all welcome news for a company that has so far delivered much more on social and cultural impact than on financial performance. But it is also a reminder not to get too carried away by the short-term response of the stock…
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    Microsoft gives Wall St. mixed signals with today’s bi-polar earnings report

    Companies in turnaround often plead to investors for time to let the changes they’re planning take root. Sometimes, as is appearing to be the case with Yahoo, time ticks on with little sign of improvement. Other times, as with HP, recovery is slow and meager. Microsoft’s turnaround under Satya Nadella is a species unto itself. Only five months into his tenure as Microsoft’s CEO, the company is showing both signs of pain and of improvement. The…
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    Yahoo’s dependence on Alibaba is starting to get silly

    While Yahoo was reporting its second quarter earnings today, its chief development officer Jaqueline Reses was at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference saying that the company won’t spend any money from Alibaba’s coming IPO on a Google Ventures like investment arm. Which was ironic – and maybe even too bad. Yahoo’s protracted and still unproven turnaround is being supported in good measure by returns on earlier investments it made in companies like Alibaba. If past is prolog, Yahoo might consider…
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    Nadella’s new Microsoft: There will be blood

    Tip for CEOs of flailing tech companies: To buy yourself some time, tell the world you’re reorienting your strategy to embrace mobility and the cloud. For some reason, it works every time. So what are we to make of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s wordy memo on reorienting the company to embrace mobility and the cloud? Microsoft, notoriously, misunderstood how we would use the Web when it was emerging in the 1990s, despite having the dominant browser for years. Its cluelessness in…
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    Twitter for sale? More likely it’s now a buyer.

    Of all executive transitions, the naming of a new chief financial officer may be the trickiest. Sure, the CEO typically has higher pay and greater visibility, but nothing sets investors on edge like the abrupt, surprise appointment of a new CFO. Companies normally take pains to signal such transitions months ahead of time to avoid the appearance that something is wrong with the financials. What to make, then, of the abrupt, surprise removal of Mike Gupta as Twitter’s CFO, along…
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    Five trends that explain why the Priceline-OpenTable deal makes sense

    The Negotiator must be hungry. Priceline is paying $2.6 billion for OpenTable, the app we fire up when we’re too lazy to call a restaurant to make reservations. True to the trend of recent Internet M&A, the valuation is pricey. OpenTable closed yesterday with a valuation of $1.7 billion. That means a company whose stock has flatlined this year is buying a company whose stock had, until then, been slumping this year. At a 53-percent premium to the value investors believed…
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    GoDaddy: The pig in the IPO parade

    Psst. How would you like to get in on an IPO of a company that built its brand name on controversial ads, is synonymous with sleazy customer practices, has an aging business model, and hasn’t made a single dollar in profit in the past several years? But wait. There’s more. This hot company has an impossibly complex corporate structure. Much of the IPO’s proceeds won’t go to finance growth but to pay insiders tens of millions in loan payments, tax…
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    With Beats acquisition, Apple takes a bold step into its past

    Music seems to be where Apple turns whenever it wants to reinvent itself. In October 2001, the company unveiled the iPod, a few months after introducing the iTunes “digital jukebox.” Back then, the stock was stagnating below $20 a share, and critics were skeptical of the new products. As it turned out, even the optimists had little idea of what was ahead. The iPod became not only a bestselling mp3 player and cultural icon, it helped Apple design the best – and for…
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    Is there still life in the tech IPO market?

    Is there life in the IPO market after the correction in Internet stocks this spring? If the past two weeks offer any indication, investors are willing to embrace some of the more promising candidates, albeit with a sense of caution. In other words, the IPO market is working as it should – for now, at least. So far in 2014, 115 companies have gone public on US markets, raising a total of $23.5 billion, according to Renaissance Capital. That compares…
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    Searching for a follow-up act, Samsung turns to drugs

    Following a decade of Apple ruling the tech world, Samsung Electronics emerged as its biggest rival in the smartphone market that is still at the heart of Apple’s business. More than a rival, Samsung has been a constant thorn in Apple’s side in everything from a high-profile patent battle to its status as a supplier and competitor. A week ago, reports emerged that Apple was in talks to buy Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion, a move that was seen as a potential shift from…

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