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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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    Twitter suspends an account and crashes Top Gun

    Update: The @555μhz account is back up on Twitter. Twenty-eight springs ago, I sat in a cinema and watched Top Gun. At the time, I thought it was bad. There are films you hate when they come out and learn to love over the years. But after a few decades, Top Gun is still pretty bad. I get that many like it, or even revere it. I’ll just never be in that camp. What I did come to like about Top…
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    eBay and the declaration of PayPal’s dependence

    If Carl Icahn has turned the simple tweet into a weapon in proxy fights, his chief adversary at eBay is returning fire with an older, still formidable weapon: the CEO news interview. John Donahoe has been making the rounds at newsrooms arguing against Icahn’s campaign to spin off PayPal. When eBay reported its financial earnings, the company said companies controlled by Icahn bought a 0.82 percent stake of eBay in January. Icahn asked for seats on eBay’s board and,…
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    Whatever happened to broadband competition?

    My mom is as sweet and easygoing as they come, but there is one word that can get her Irish blood boiling: Comcast. For the sake of her blood pressure, I try not to utter it when I’m around her, yet every time I visit her one or another of the Comcast boxes in her place is on the fritz. Once, after an hour-long phone session and a series of tests that concluded that either 1) my mom’s set-top box…
  • New Apple CEO Tim Cook Introduces New iPhone

    Wall Street wants to know if Apple is still Apple

    “Are you still a growth company?” The question was thrown at Tim Cook during a conference call Monday to discuss Apple’s earnings last quarter. The headline numbers – revenue: $57.6 billion, net income: $14.50 a share – came in ahead of analyst estimates. But the tone of many analysts asking questions didn’t signal much pleasure, but rather a growing sense of impatience with the company. As Cook fielded questions, Apple’s stock was tumbling toward $502 a share, a 9-percent drop…
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    BlackBerry: Tech’s dark horse in 2014

    Is it over for BlackBerry yet? For so long the consensus has been yes that you half expect to hear funereal organ music on the company’s earnings calls. Which makes it somewhat surreal to hear more contrarian voices arguing that, here in BlackBerry’s darkest hour, the company is finally lining up the pieces to turn things around. The case for being bearish on BlackBerry is widely known. It hasn’t changed much through the past few years and three CEOs. There…
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    What’s with the sudden correction in Internet stocks?

    For many stocks, 2013 is proving a tough act to follow. Last year was a great year for a lot of tech stocks. Pandora tripled in price, while Netflix quadrupled. The bullish sentiment spread into names that few but their most ardent defenders were expecting to rally: Groupon staged a recovery that sent its stock up 144 percent. Zynga overcame its past troubles to rise 63 percent. Most bizarrely, tech retailer Best Buy rose 242 percent. So far in 2014,…
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    A look back into 2013 to see what’s ahead in 2014

    Year-end predictions are a fool’s game — especially when it comes to tech stocks — yet one that many find too irresistible to sit out. If anyone really had a gift for reliable predictions, they’d keep their mouth shut and just make their shrewd investments. It’s more of a parlor game, a conversation of the moment, one that most assume will be forgotten in the coming months. And sure enough, 2013 had its share of events that proved the publicy…
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    A sort-of glossary for our lives lived among clicks

    God help you if you’ve selfied yourself twerking this year. Doubly so if you can spare any love for the English language. Both words were in the running for the “Word of the Year,” a dubious race of lame horses run by the historically esteemed Oxford Dictionaries (10 years ago the honored word was “metrosexual” and 20 years back it was the words “information superhighway”). This is a race measured by the online “usage” of words in conversations among people…
  • dancingballoon

    That queasy feeling when a Web rally starts losing steam

    What happened to the Great Web Rally of 2013? Until two months ago, investors were clamoring for companies in the sector so much they were willing to buy stocks with triple-digit PE ratios. They snapped up well-known names that had a track record of losses. After years of shying away from Web stocks, investors couldn’t get enough. There were two reasons for the rally. First, 2013 marked the year when companies began to make money on mobile users. Consumers and…
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    Twitter’s IPO was the anti-Facebook and Zulily is the anti-Twitter

    The great, rumbling electrical storm that was the Twitter IPO has passed. The stock vacillates a little below the $45.10 opening price. For a while, Twitter might as well have been the IPO market, and that IPO market seemed a little loopy, a place where seasoned investors lined up for a piece of a company that was still seeing losses growing at an 89-percent annual rate. Twitter’s IPO was such a media event that many people who profess little or…

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