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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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    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…
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    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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    Twitter went public and all we got was the opening bell

    I felt kind of bad for poor Jean-Luc Picard. It’s a big step down from the kingly captain’s chair of the Enterprise to ringing the NYSE opening bell. Not because everyone from Martha Stewart to the cast of Jersey Shore to the Aflac Duck beat him to it. Or because a ritual that once employed a gavel and a gong is now not even a bell. It’s a button you push to make a sound you’d hear at…
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    Okay, now Netflix investors are just acting silly

    No, we’re not close to being in another bubble in tech stocks, but from the perspective of fundamental analysis there are signs that things are getting silly. It’s not just Twitter heading for the public markets with an 11-digit valuation and nary a whiff of black ink. Or that the fuzzy math being used to justify high valuations reminds some seasoned veterans of crazier times. There is also Netflix, a company that has not only emerged as a…
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    OpenTable is hoping for a second serving

    Remember back in May 2009, when OpenTable went public? At the time, there was a lot of skepticism surrounding the company, mostly because it had recently swung from a history of losses to two quarters of operating profit. Some called investing in OpenTable a “tough call.” Others suggested investors think twice before buying into the IPO. The reasons were straightforward enough, or at least they were back then. It wasn’t just the last stages of the dot-com hangover.…
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    Google: World domination starts today

    Right off the bat in Google’s conference call to discuss earnings Thursday, CEO Larry Page had this to say: “People tend to overestimate the impact of technology in the short-term, yet underestimate the scale of change longer term.” Substitute “Google” for “technology” in that sentence – which may in fact be the subtext Page was going for – and it still rings true. Every quarter, analysts ask Page for updates on some of the company’s more ambitious projects like…

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