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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  • Alibaba

    Why the Alibaba IPO may be much bigger than you think

    “Our mission is to make it easy to do business anywhere.” You can tell a lot about a company from the mission statement it puts high up in its IPO filing. On the one hand, it can be pure bullshit: Lawyers won’t nix it as long as it’s too vague to be actionable. On the other, it will hang around your corporate neck for much of your life as a public company. So it better be right. A good mission…
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    For Zynga, a modest rebound would count as a win

    Reversals of fortunes are so common in the gaming industry that they sometimes feel like they’re part of a game. Win an early round only to find things have turned against you in the next round. That’s okay, because there’s always another round. There’s always a chance to become a winner again. It’s not just that gaming is as hit-driven a business as Hollywood movies. It’s not just that consumers are unpredictably fickle about the games they like, and scornful…
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    Dancing Giants: How Cisco Innovates

      Cisco has been called the backbone of the Internet for so long it feels like a trademarked slogan. But while much of its $49 billion in annual revenue still comes from its core business of switches and routers, the company has been busy in recent years finding new areas of business such as teleconferencing and cloud computing. Staying relevant in a fast-evolving and hyper-competitive technology industry is tough for a company with $120 billion in market value and three…
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    Your Facebook complaints only make Facebook that much stronger

    When Facebook said it would pay $2 billion for Oculus VR (or rather, $1.7 billion as of this morning, with Facebook’s stock down 10 percent following the news), the company presented the deal as if it was the greatest thing to happen to human communication since, well, Facebook. Oculus plus Facebook could create, according to Mark Zuckerberg, “the most social platform ever, and change the way we work, play and communicate.” But a surprisingly large number of people didn’t agree. Some…
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    Amazon’s core “strength” may actually be its biggest weakness

    A lot of things seem to be going Amazon’s way these days. It boasts the best-selling e-reader, two-thirds of the ebook market, a foothold in the tablet market, a growing library of video titles (including home-brewed programs), and, possibly in the future, a smartphone and a music-subscription service. Not to mention hundreds of thousands of Amazon Web Services customers. Over the past year, however, there has been a growing area of vulnerability at Amazon, and it’s a big one:…
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    Facebook: What could possibly go wrong?

    It’s a little hard to believe now, but here is what Wall Street was saying about Facebook only a year ago: Mobile revenue was sluggish, user user engagement was declining, targeted ads weren’t winning over advertisers. Back then, the stock was still trading below its $38 a share offering price, and few analysts saw the stock rising very far above it. Today, it’s a very different story. Facebook is trading near $70 a share, mobile makes up
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    Coupon.com’s IPO: This deal deserves a clipping

    Ain’t no one player that could beat this lunacy. / Ain’t no hustler on the street could do a whole community. -The Coup What to make of an Internet IPO, the second of the year in the consumer-Web space, that nearly doubles from its offering price on its first day of trading? That has the ominous ticker COUP and a name that rhymes with Groupon? That, like Groupon, went public with a business plan to remake an old retail…
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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…

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