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Kevin Kelleher

  1. How long can BlackBerry avoid the brink?

    For a CEO whose company had been approaching a perilous brink, Thorsten Heins is looking pretty confident. Heins, who heads Research in Motion, appeared on CNBC Thursday to declare that the company has reached a “turnaround point” and that, despite a dramatic drop in subscribers, “we absolutely have a strong brand.” He said it in a monotone, as if he were the embodiment of "Keep calm and carry on."

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  2. Amazon bought Goodreads, but it won't break it

    It's almost as if Amazon announced two acquisitions today. When the retail giant bought social reading site Goodreads, people were excited at the prospect of having the site more integrated with their Kindles. Then, when Amazon bought Goodreads, people despaired that it was tightening its chokehold by eating up the last community of readers independent of Amazon.

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  3. Why we needn't worry about Amazon's fashion malfunction

    Sarah Lacy has written a detailed and persuasive takedown of Amazon's clumsy entrance into fashion retailing. As she mentioned, it grew in part out of a debate she had with me and Adam Penenberg. I agreed to offer a counterargument, because I still think Amazon has a good shot making a successful foray into fashion, despite what we've seen from Amazon so far.

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  4. Consider Myspace: What a comeback could look like

    The Web does not love second acts. Inexperienced startups with a crazy idea can become overnight stars, but companies that found and then lost success are simply written off as irrelevant. Entrepreneurs can see their credentials strengthened by noble failures, but once a brand is labeled a failure, it's all but over. There have only been two successful Web turnarounds so far, and they both took several years to accomplish.

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  5. Google Glass, big data and the digital self

    As Google Glass moves from in-house project to consumer product, it's generating a great deal of buzz. Ever since Google uploaded its How It Feels video showing the glasses in action, the devices have been the subject of news stories, blog ruminations and SXSW sightings.

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  6. Yelp's good stock day may be a bad sign

    You know things aren't going a company's way when a good day in the stock market is driven by little more than speculation. So it is with Yelp, which saw its stock rally 7 percent Friday to its highest level in more than four months because... well, it's not really clear why.

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  7. What does it take to turn around a Web company? A look inside the only two we've ever seen

    Every time a has-been startup like Myspace or Digg or a big public company like Yahoo or AOL attempts a Web turnaround, the tech media is quick to remind them that Web turnarounds never work.

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  8. The defenestration of Andrew Mason

    Andrew Mason has his own kind of panache. Not the epic, Steve Jobs panache. Or the eclectic, Barry Diller panache. Or even the oafish, Steve Ballmer panache. But as a CEO of one of the fastest-growing startups in history, he had the small-scale, misfit quirkiness of an indie movie. Panache-ette.

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