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Kevin Kelleher

  1. From MySpace to the Daily: The real tragedy in News Corp.'s digital experiments

    Give News Corp. credit for one thing: The company may have stumbled with the Daily, but it knows how to get people talking about how digital news should work.

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    From the News desk

  2. The clouds still hanging over Facebook

    The stock market is a fickle beast. Although it's been shown time and again to be a questionable measure of a company's worth, there's still this idea out there that a company is only as good as its stock price performance. Look at Facebook. In the past six months or so, it's gone from a new tech giant with a twelve-figure valuation to one of the worst IPOs in memory.

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    From the News desk

  3. Schmidt-ing on founder-CEOs: Is anyone safe?

    This is just not Andrew Mason's year. The man who led Groupon while it was one of the fastest growing companies in history has watched his stock lose seven-eighths of its value. Now, according to AllThingsD, the board is thinking of bringing in a more experienced hand to manage Groupon – an Eric Schmidt type of leader. With Mason's blessing, of course. In other words, Mason is going to get Schmidt-ed on.

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  4. How the Autonomy scandal could derail HP's turnaround

    According to the dictates of crisis management, a company that discovers a harmful impropriety should make a clean breast of it right away. Then, after the inevitable storm, it can move on. And that must have been the narrative HP was crafting when it announced a $5 billion writedown yesterday related to what it called serious accounting improprieties.

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  5. HP, Autonomy, and the perils of spinning facts

    To hear Mike Lynch tell it, he's not above stretching the truth. In 2010, back when he was CEO of the UK software firm Autonomy (and a year before Hewlett-Packard regrettably paid $11.4 billion for it), he recounted an early and formative meeting with a potential investor -- a cigar-chomping billionaire too dim to understand the complex math driving Autonomy's data-management software.

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    From the News desk

  6. Microsoft and Apple clean house, but what if they need the mess?

    Despite their distinct histories and their storied rivalry, Apple and Microsoft have a lot in common these days. Both have shaped, in their own ways, personal computing as we know it today. Both see their futures in a mix of operating software, device manufacturing, and cloud-based services.

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    From the News desk

  7. It's official: Daily deals are unhip, and Groupon isn't disruptive

    Maybe we should start calling them yesterdaily deals. The group-discount model that Groupon pioneered and cultivated into a mass phenomenon has become a fading fad. Worse than that, it's a deteriorating business. LivingSocial's recent financials suggested as much. If there were any doubts left over, Groupon's latest earnings should lay them to rest.

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    From the News desk

  8. AOL has been down so long, it's starting to look like up

    Good news! For the first time in seven years, AOL's revenue didn't shrink! The company said this morning that it brought in $532 million in revenue last quarter, flat with the same quarter one year ago. Which is to say AOL still hasn't seen any growth since 2005. Okay... maybe it's not such great news after all.

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    From the News desk

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