What the rise of “HMU” says about Facebook’s success in 2010

By Kevin Kelleher
December 17, 2010

Facebook had an extraordinary year in 2010, bringing in $2 billion in revenue, being named best place to work and seeing Mark Zuckerberg named Time magazine’s Person of the Year. One key strategy that drove that success, as Zuckerberg made clear when he announced Facebook Social Inbox, was that the company built a platform that adapted to its most active users.

The world wants cheap but stylish phones. Can Android deliver both?

By Kevin Kelleher
December 17, 2010

KOREA/Cheap and stylish are more likely to be antonyms when describing mobile phones. But the global market will reward a smartphone that can deliver on both fronts, a goal that Android phones seem best suited to reaching.

iTunes apps as holiday gifts? Maybe not this year.

By Kevin Kelleher
December 15, 2010

Apple has sold some 8 million iPads since the tablet went on sale in April and, by some estimates, more than 100 million iPhones and iPod Touches to date. That should make iOS apps a satisfying holiday gift for many people, and some people are already offering their suggestions.

Facebook is worth $52 billion, and that’s not a good thing.

By Kevin Kelleher
December 13, 2010
Reuters: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reacts after unveiling a new messaging system in San Francisco

Reuters: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reacts after unveiling a new messaging system in San Francisco

Five things I learned from the genius of Google’s Zeitgeist

By Kevin Kelleher
December 10, 2010

The word Zeitgeist is defined as “the spirit of the age.” But the German term was itself a translation by Romanticists of the Latin phrase “genius saeculi.” Those Romanticists didn’t think of “genius” in its modern meaning of an extraordinary mind, but rather its etymological roots of a guardian spirit that watches over people from their birth.

Google’s not-so-subtle jab at Microsoft Exchange

By Kevin Kelleher
December 10, 2010

When Gmail goes down, it doesn’t just make news, it makes people angry. Small businesses running their email on Google’s servers complain publicly. People even talk about suing Google.

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What would you want in a new iPad?

December 10, 2010

BELGIUM/People are still waiting to unwrap their first-generation iPads for Christmas and news is already leaking about what features Apple plans to include on its next version of the popular tablet computer.

Bebo founder Michael Birch back at the social network

December 10, 2010

beboMichael Birch, the founder of online social network Bebo, who sold the company to AOL over two years ago for a spectacular sum, is linked up again to Bebo as an investor and advisor.

WikiPiques: Let’s all just calm down

December 10, 2010

John Abell is New York bureau chief for Wired.com. The opinions expressed are his own.

Tablets could offer Research-in-Motion a second act

By Kevin Kelleher
December 9, 2010

Could tablets offer Research-in-Motion a second act? The company, whose Blackberry phones were the hottest mobile devices of the decade until the iPhone and Android phones showed up, badly needs something to revive its growth.