Is Google overpaying for Groupon?

By Kevin Kelleher
December 1, 2010

When a company has a lot of cash and not so many new sources of revenue, it can be tempting to buy its way into new markets. But such a strategy has its risks, which are best illustrated by ill-fated acquisitions like eBay’s $3.1 billion purchase of Skype in 2005. eBay ended up taking a writedown for the deal and sold off two-thirds of the company at a $2.75 billion valuation four years after the purchase.

Kim Kardashian most Binged in 2010

November 29, 2010

Celebrity, socialite and reality TV star Kim Kardashian was the most popular search term on Microsoft’s Bing search engine this year, outshining fellow American luminaries Lady Gaga and the U.S. president.

Google wants Groupon, but is the feeling mutual?

By Kevin Kelleher
November 19, 2010

Kara Swisher at AllThingsD is hearing that Google is in talks to buy the online-deal-of-the-day startup Groupon, citing multiple “sources close to the situation.” It’s easy to imagine why Google would be interested in this acquisition. Groupon not only stands at the intersection of the social web and local commerce, two areas Google is eager to expand into. It’s also a bonafide success, with 20 million users in hundreds of U.S. cities.

Facebook’s Zuckerberg on relationships with big companies

November 17, 2010

Facebook has had its differences with Google and Apple in recent months. FACEBOOK/

And Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg tried his best not to comment directly on the budding rivalry with the two tech titans during his appearance at the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco on Tuesday.

Google and the last days of the credit card

By Kevin Kelleher
November 16, 2010

The future is no longer in plastic.

Or such was the message from Eric Schmidt when he was talking at the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco. Credit cards are about to become as obsolete as the Sony Walkman in the age of the iPod. Replacing them will be the smartphone – Android phones in particular.

Google’s new approach to the social Web just may work

By Kevin Kelleher
November 16, 2010

Picture of Eric SchmidtEric Schmidt is fond of saying that the web isn’t a zero-sum game – that there is plenty of room for two emerging rivals like Facebook and Google to innovate and compete with both growing their revenue.

Google to speed up searches with visual Web site ‘previews’

November 9, 2010

Google’s search engine has a new feature that may cause Web surfers to do less…Web surfing.

RockMelt’s secret social Web browser makes debut

November 7, 2010

The Web has evolved drastically during the past two decades. But the Web browser remains much as it has since it was first created.RockMeltScreen

Facebook Mobile Event on Nov 3: Is this the secret Facebook Phone?

October 30, 2010

Here’s something to keep the rumor mills churning through the weekend.FBFone

Facebook has just sent out an invite to the media for a “mobile event” at its Palo Alto, California headquarters on Wednesday November 3.