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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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    Yes, Watch is elegant, Pay is convenient, and Apple is back. But are we better off?

    Nobody needs an Apple Watch, the way they do a smartphone. The Apple Watch is awfully bulky. The Apple Watch, as designed, appeals to the wealthy, not the global market. These are among the initial, quick-take reactions that reminded me of the chorus of “it’s just a big iPhone,” which greeted the iPad’s unveiling nearly five years ago. Since then, more than 200 million iPads have sold. Skeptics also scoffed at the iPod, which the Watch resembles not…
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    Twitch CEO on jilting Google: Amazon “shares our long-term values.” But does it really?

    Amazon’s surprise purchase of Twitch is fascinating for a few reasons. It confirms that live-streaming is no longer a fringe potential in the online-video market. It underscores how the M&A market is increasingly preferred to the IPO market as the exit of choice for the most promising startups. It shows how far the Internet giants like Google and Amazon are expanding onto each other’s traditional businesses. And, in what I find to be the most interesting angle – it illustrates how…
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    The on-again, off-again Groupon turnaround

    Groupon may be once again falling back out of favor with investors. The stock was down 16 percent last night after delivering a second-quarter earnings report that raised questions about how long the company’s turnaround will take and how strong it will be once it arrives. Groupon was among the earlier offerings in the current wave of Internet IPOs. Listing at $20 a share in November 2011, the stock shot up to $31 on its first day, a level it…
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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…
  • Crystal Ball

    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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